Thursday, December 2, 2021

UN Recap: October 10-15, 2021

Editor’s Note: Here’s a quick note on what the international community has been up to over the past week, as seen from the United Nations Perch.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres laid out a regular budget of $3.12 billion for 2022 for the world body

* United Nations: 400,000 Yemeni children are at imminent risk from malnutrition

New military offensive in Ethiopia

The situation in northern Ethiopia remains at the top of the UN agenda, as Tigrayan fighters accuse the federal government of launching a new military offensive using airstrikes, drones and heavy artillery against them. Kenya is chairing the UN Security Council this month, where the situation was last discussed on 6 October. On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over a debate about peacebuilding and was asked about Tigre in a press encounter. See his response here:

America will return to the United Nations Human Rights Council

After the Trump administration withdrew in June 2018, after decades of ties with the controversial Geneva-based council, the Biden administration decided to run for a seat. Read about the results of Thursday’s election and what the impact could be on US attendance. passed:

UN chief urges countries not to allow Afghanistan’s economy to collapse

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this week that Afghanistan was facing a “make or break moment” and that its economy could collapse without international support. Speaking ahead of the G20 Special Summit on Afghanistan, he called for an immediate injection of cash into the economy:

Meanwhile, humanitarians race against time to get enough supplies for millions of vulnerable Afghans before winter begins:

News in Brief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put the UN’s 2022 annual budget: $3.12 billion, a net reduction of 2.8% over the 2021 budget. That figure does not include peacekeeping missions, which will run for about $6.4 billion for 2021-22. The annual dues of each country are calculated based on their national income and population size. … David Gresley, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said that 20 million people, or two-thirds of Yemen’s population, are in need of humanitarian aid. 5 million people are just a step away from famine and about 400,000 children are in imminent danger of death from malnutrition.

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some good news

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that the global number of weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths has been declining since late August. “Over 2.8 million new cases and over 46,000 new deaths were reported during the week of October 4 to 10, 2021, a decrease of 7% and 10%, respectively, compared to the previous week,” the WHO said.

quote of note

“Kabul looked like a graveyard of the living. Those who were hopeless, hopeless, powerless.”

– Fauzia Kufi, the first female deputy speaker of Afghanistan’s parliament in the United Nations Security Council in the days following the Taliban’s August 15 takeover

what are we seeing next week

Dictators on notice: Human rights in Belarus, the DPRK, Iran, Myanmar and Syria come under the microscope at the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

did you know?

The United Nations Headquarters spans several blocks in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of New York City. The area, once inhabited by Dutch farmers, got its name from a small creek on the East River, which is overseen by the world body.


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