UN Weekly Roundup: September 3-9, 2022 

September 9, 2022

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

IAEA chief briefs Safety Council on Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

IAEA Director-Normal Rafael Mariano Grossi mentioned Friday that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s energy infrastructure had been destroyed in shelling, main to a whole blackout within the surrounding city of Enerhodar. The IAEA mentioned the plant’s Ukrainian operator is contemplating shutting down the plant’s solely remaining working reactor. Earlier within the week, Grossi briefed the Safety Council on his mission to the plant.

IAEA Chief: Assaults on Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant ‘Taking part in With Hearth’

UN involved by Russia’s ‘filtration’ of Ukrainian civilians

The U.N. assistant secretary-general for human rights mentioned Wednesday that her workplace has verified that Russian troopers and affiliated teams topic Ukrainian civilians to an invasive course of referred to as “filtration,” and he or she referred to as for entry to these being detained by Russia.

UN Involved by Russia’s ‘Filtration’ of Ukrainian Civilians

UN chief in Pakistan to see flood harm

Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres arrived in Islamabad on Friday to satisfy with Pakistan authorities officers and go to flood-impacted areas. One-third of the nation is beneath water after lethal and harmful monsoon rains. The U.N. has appealed for an emergency $160 million to help 5.2 million individuals.

UN Chief: Flood-Ravaged Pakistan Wrongly Attacked by ‘Blind’ Nature

Pandemic, different crises harm human growth

The U.N. Growth Program mentioned in a brand new report this week that the COVID-19 pandemic, local weather change, financial uncertainty and different crises have halted progress in human growth and reversed positive aspects remodeled the previous three a long time. Information from 191 international locations present 90% failed to realize a greater, more healthy, safer life for his or her individuals in 2020 and 2021.

Crises Halt Progress in Human Growth: UN Report

UN official: Sahel should not be forgotten amid different crises

A senior U.N. official for Africa warned this week that the Sahel area dangers changing into a forgotten disaster due to the various competing emergencies world wide. Charles Bernimolin advised VOA that the world should not ignore the 18.6 million individuals there who face acute starvation, with many getting ready to hunger. He mentioned 7.7 million kids beneath the age of 5 are malnourished, together with almost 2 million who’re severely malnourished and danger dying with out immediate remedy.

Sahel Dangers Turning into a Forgotten Disaster, UN Official Says

In short

— Guterres appointed Volker Türk the subsequent U.N. excessive commissioner for human rights on Thursday, following approval by the Normal Meeting. Turk, a local of Austria, has held quite a lot of positions within the United Nations system. He succeeds Michelle Bachelet of Chile whose time period ended on August 31.

— The Normal Meeting on Thursday authorised a brand new U.N. Workplace for Youth Affairs. It’s going to assist governments in responding to the world’s 1.2 billion younger individuals and their priorities — specifically, schooling, jobs and peace.

— The World Meteorological Group mentioned this week in a brand new report that African communities, economies and ecosystems are being hit arduous by water stress and occasions together with drought and extreme floods. The State of the Local weather in Africa 2021 says excessive water stress impacts about 250 million individuals in Africa and will displace as much as 700 million individuals by 2030. As well as, 4 out of 5 African international locations are unlikely to have sustainably managed water sources by 2030.

Excellent news

Some 23,000 metric tons of Ukrainian wheat arrived in Djibouti by ship late final month. This week, vans delivered a portion of that wheat to the World Meals Program’s foremost warehouse in Ethiopia. The food-assistance department of the U.N. mentioned the 23,000 tons of grain is sufficient to feed 1.5 million individuals on full rations for one month.

Subsequent week

On September 13, the 77th session of the Normal Meeting will open. President-elect Csaba Korosi of Hungary will take his place on the dais. The next week, world leaders will convene at headquarters for his or her first fully in-person annual debate because the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020.

In memoriam

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday after a greater than 70-year reign. She was revered and admired by thousands and thousands world wide. Though holding solely constitutional powers, she wielded nice delicate energy and was broadly considered a superb diplomat in her personal proper. Nothing seduced world leaders like the honour of a state banquet at Windsor Fortress or Buckingham Palace presided over by Her Majesty. Guterres on Thursday referred to as her a “good buddy of the United Nations.” Throughout her reign, she addressed the Normal Meeting twice — in 1957 and 2010.

Learn our report about her 2010 go to right here:

Queen Elizabeth Addresses UN Normal Meeting

View U.N. video clips from each her visits right here.

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