UN Weekly Roundup: August 20-26, 2022

August 26, 2022

Editor’s observe: Here’s a quick tackle what the worldwide group has been as much as this previous week, as seen from the United Nations perch.

Zelenskyy addresses Safety Council on Ukraine’s Independence Day

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday known as Russia’s six-month warfare in opposition to his nation “insane” and mentioned the world has an curiosity in Ukraine’s safety. In his third video deal with to the U.N. Safety Council because the warfare started, and on the thirty first anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the previous Soviet Union, he mentioned the world’s future is being selected Ukrainian territory. “Our independence is your safety,” he mentioned.

Ukraine’s President Addresses UN Safety Council on Independence Day

UN rights chief urges finish to Russia’s warfare

U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday known as on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “halt armed assaults in opposition to Ukraine.” Talking a day after the battle reached its six-month mark, Bachelet highlighted the state of affairs relating to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, saying preventing within the space is posing “unthinkable dangers” to civilians and the surroundings and it have to be instantly demilitarized.

UN Rights Chief Urges Putin to Finish Ukraine Struggle

5 years since Rohingya fled Myanmar

Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres known as on the worldwide group Wednesday to not overlook the million Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar and have been dwelling in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh for the final 5 years. Following the army’s takeover in February 2021, the humanitarian, human rights and safety state of affairs in Myanmar has deteriorated. The secretary-general says it’s important that the worldwide group proceed to hunt “complete, sturdy and inclusive options to the disaster.”

This Week Marks 5 Years Since 700,000 Rohingya Refugees Fled Persecution in Myanmar

Home strain on Washington to disclaim Iranian president, delegation UNGA visa

The U.S. authorities is dealing with strain from Iranian Individuals and others to not grant visas and supply safety for Iran’s hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, and different Iranian officers anticipated to attend the U.N. Basic Meeting high-level week in September. A State Division spokesman mentioned Thursday that Washington takes its host nation obligations significantly, however he didn’t say whether or not the visas can be issued, noting that visa data are confidential.

US Going through Strain to Deny Iran’s President Visa for UN Go to


— The World Meals Program Govt Director David Beasley known as the looting of the help company’s gasoline provides by Tigray rebels in northern Ethiopia “reprehensible” and demanded their return. Twelve tankers full of greater than 500,000 liters of gasoline had been seized by armed males Wednesday morning at WFP’s Mekelle compound. Beasley mentioned with out it, WFP will be unable to distribute meals, fertilizer, medicines and different emergency provides throughout Tigray, the place 5.2 million folks face extreme starvation.

— Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet mentioned Thursday she hopes to launch a long-awaited report on China’s therapy of its Uyghur Muslim minority within the western Xinjiang area earlier than her time period ends subsequent week. Worldwide human rights teams say China has carried out quite a few abuses in opposition to Uyghurs dwelling within the western area, together with the usage of pressured labor in internment camps. The teams have criticized Bachelet for being too tender on China throughout her go to in Could. Beijing denies accusations of human rights abuses within the area.

— Denise Brown, who’s the brand new U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, began a three-day mission to the jap and central elements of the nation Thursday. She is touring to Kryvyi Rih, Kharkiv and Dnipro to see the humanitarian impression of the warfare and the work of humanitarian organizations.

Excellent news

The World Well being Group mentioned Wednesday that world deaths from COVID-19 fell by 15% up to now week, whereas new infections dropped by 9%. As of August 21, WHO says there have been 593 million confirmed circumstances and 6.4 million deaths reported worldwide.

Quote of observe

“In 2021 alone, nuclear-armed states spent over $82 billion on sustaining, upgrading and increasing their nuclear arsenals.”

— Beatrice Fihn, Govt Director of the Worldwide Marketing campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on the failure of nuclear weapon states to make any progress on transferring towards disarmament. She spoke to reporters Friday because the Tenth Assessment Convention of the Events to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was wrapping up after greater than three weeks of discussions.

What we’re watching subsequent week

IAEA Director Basic Rafael Mariano Grossi mentioned Friday that he needs to steer a technical mission to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant (ZNPP) “very quickly, hopefully within the subsequent few days.” The plant has been the positioning of shelling, and briefly misplaced connection to the nation’s energy grid Thursday. U.N. chief Guterres mentioned this week that the “warning lights are flashing” and that any additional escalation across the plant “might result in self-destruction.” The IAEA is ready for safety ensures from Russia, which controls the plant and the realm round it, in an effort to safely perform its mission.

See also  Russia-Ukraine conflict updates for Sept.20, 2022