The world has made progress against racial discrimination but more work is needed to stamp out attitudes, practices and policies that are biased against specific races, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in observation of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Meanwhile, current refugee and migration crises are bringing more discord and racism, UNESCO warns.
The Philippines' notification of its intent to withdraw from the International Criminal Court has been received, and the withdrawal will take effect in one year, says a United Nations spokesperson. The court is urging Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider the decision, noting the withdrawal would have no effect on an ICC investigation of human rights violations in the country.
Challenging terrain around remote villages is making it difficult for aid groups to reach an estimated 270,000 people still in need of humanitarian assistance after last month's earthquake in Papua New Guinea, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UNICEF. "A lot of villages have been cut off by road because of landslides, a lot of these places are now only accessible by helicopter, and not all of them have been reached yet," says Andreas Wuestenberg, UNICEF's emergency coordinator in Papua New Guinea.
Water shortages and issues with water quality affect two-thirds of the world's population for at least part of the year and these issues are driving migration, according to a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The World Bank predicts climate change will drive more than 140 million people in developing countries to migrate by 2050.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would like to see the UN facilitate discussions about personal data protection among information industry stakeholders, said spokesman Stephane Dujarric. "The debate around the use of personal data -- how that is done, the transparency that is needed -- is of concern for all of us," Dujarric said.
Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced from Afrin and eastern Ghouta in Syria and are in need of urgent humanitarian aid, including food, clothes and shelter, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. UNICEF says many of those fleeing eastern Ghouta are women and children in need of medical care.
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