United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Libya today in an effort to convince the military commander -- who has ordered troops to march on the capital city in a challenge to the UN-backed government -- to halt the escalating conflict. "I reiterate that there is no military solution for the Libyan crisis, only a political one," Guterres says.
Christoph Heusgen, Germany's ambassador to the United Nations and this month's UN Security Council president, is hoping to make the council more "enlightened" and efficient with changes he has implemented that include opening the curtains in the Security Council's meeting room and providing an hourglass to keep speeches close to five minutes in length. Curtains in the chamber have been closed since a 1964 attack on the room while Cuba's Che Guevara was speaking.
Approximately 1.1 million children will be affected by the crisis in Venezuela this year and governments in the region must defend children's rights and ensure they have access to protection, health care and education, UNICEF says. The agency is asking for $69.5 million to support Venezuelan children who have fled to Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.
While women live longer than men on average, uneven access to health care leads to a disproportionate number of maternal deaths in poor countries, according to data from the World Health Organization. One in 41 women in poor countries dies during pregnancy or childbirth, as opposed to one in 3,300 in wealthier countries, the agency reports.
The United Nations Human Settlement Programme is partnering with Oceanix to develop floating cities that would be resistant to climate-change driven changes in water levels. "Floating cities are a means of ensuring climate resilience, as buildings can rise along with the sea," says UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.
As the United Nations' peacekeeping efforts in Haiti come to an end, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is urging all invested parties in the country to cooperate on continued development progress. Bachelet praised the country for achieving a return to constitutional order, but warns that Haiti still needs global support to "strengthen institutions, fight against impunity and promote and protect human rights as a foundation to stability and development."
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