Security Council debates praise for countries that pledged Yemen aid | UN urges Hungary to reconsider anti-immigration bill | OHCHR notes international law in asking Iran to end death sentences for minors
February 16, 2018
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UN's Afghanistan mission details victims of violent attacks in 2017
Over 3,400 civilians were killed in violent attacks in Afghanistan last year and more than 7,000 were wounded, according to an annual report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Casualties declined 9% from the previous year, but 2017 marked "the fourth consecutive year where the mission recorded more than 10,000 civilian casualties," Danielle Bell of the UN mission said.
Voice of America (2/15),  The Guardian (London) (2/16) 
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Security Council debates praise for countries that pledged Yemen aid
Members of the United Nations Security Council are considering a British proposal to acknowledge Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for aid pledges to Yemen. Critics argue Saudi Arabia shouldn't be praised because a coalition it leads has blocked aid to Yemen.
Reuters (2/15),  Press TV (Iran) (2/16) 
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Health & Development
WHO issues new guidance against intervention during childbirth
The World Health Organization has issued new recommendations on childbirth aimed at reducing the number of medically unnecessary interventions that deprive women of a natural childbirth experience. WHO warns that wealthy and poor countries alike are using unneeded and potentially harmful practices to speed up labor, assist in delivery or manage pain.
The Guardian (London) (2/15),  Voice of America (2/15) 
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Climate and Energy
UNEP head: Environment defenders must be protected
The efforts of activists working to protect wildlife and the environment must be respected, as "environmental rights are human rights," says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim. Solheim's statement follows the death of wildlife campaigner Kavous Seyed Emami in an Iran prison.
The Guardian (London) (2/15),  Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)/Agence France-Presse (2/16) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN envoy decries "worrying" situation in Syria
Escalating violence between warring factions in Syria has created as "worrying and dangerous a moment as any that I've seen" in the past four years, says United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura. He is urging Russia, Iran and Turkey "to use their influence to help reduce violence."
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)/Reuters (2/14),  CBS News/The Associated Press (2/14) 
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UN refugee chief: Rohingya refugees can't return home without rights
Myanmar has yet to address Rohingya Muslims' lack of basic rights, including citizenship, meaning it is not safe for Rohingya refugees to return home, says United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. Monsoon season will threaten the safety of the more than 100,000 Rohingya living in camps in Bangladesh.
ABC News/The Associated Press (2/13),  Daily Sabah (Turkey) (2/15) 
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UN Radio
"Lives can get better" in South Sudan: Mission chief tells UN News
UN News Centre (2/15) 
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UN Dispatch
"The UN Just Released the Most Comprehensive Report on Gender Equality Around the World"
UN Dispatch (2/14) 
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@UNFoundation: Former @UN Secretary-General @KofiAnnan shares how the UN affects our daily lives: t.co/a4pJvAeXU7
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