The world must close a 70% gap between the food that a global population of 9.6 billion will need in 2050 and the food available today, according to a report released on Monday by the UN and partners.
This must be done sustainably, in a way that creates opportunities for the rural poor, limits clearing of forests and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, says the report.
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East has unveiled a newly-digitized archive of photos, films and more covering all aspects of the life and history of Palestine refugees from 1948 to the present day. “The Long Journey” will be available online for those seeking a window into the Palestine refugee experience. Find out more at:
UNEP Knowledge Repository
The repository provides open access to UNEP’s publications, technical and assessment reports, guidelines, newsletters, journal articles and other types of information material. It aims to improve the visibility of UNEP’s body of published work among governments, scientists, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, students and the public.
Syria’s Children: A Generation Lost to War?
"If we do not act quickly, a generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.
A UNHCR survey of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan has found widespread psychological distress, many children living alone or separated from their parents, most receiving no education, and extensive involvement of children in illegal labour.
The report, The Future of Syria – Refugee Children in Crisis, is the first in-depth survey conducted by UNHCR of Syrian refugee children since the conflict began in March 2011. Among its findings are that many Syrian refugee children are growing up in fractured families, and that children are often the household’s primary breadwinners. Over 70,000 Syrian refugee families live without fathers and over 3,700 refugee children are either unaccompanied by or separated from both parents.
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie said, “The world must act to save a generation of traumatized, isolated and suffering Syrian children from catastrophe.”
- The Future of Syria – Refugee Children in Crisis
- UNHCR photo gallery: Forced to Grow up too Soon in Lebanon
- UNHCR country page: Syrian Arab Republic
Photo courtesy of UNHCR.
Security Council: The Situation in the Middle East (Syria)
Syrian family being registered as refugees in Wadi Khaled, Northern Lebanon. Photo: UNHCR/F. Juez
Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, will brief the Security Council this morning on the humanitarian situation in Syria. This will be her third briefing related to the presidential statement of 2 October (S/PRST/2013/15).
UN Member States on Record
Non UN Resources
The number of people fleeing Syria is growing as the conflict continues unabated. An estimated 4.25 million Syrians are now displaced within their own country, while a further 2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, mainly Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, since the fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.
Read more on the Syrian humanitarian situation from UN agencies and partners…
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Violence against women and girls is not confined to any particular political or economic system, but is prevalent in every society in the world. It cuts across boundaries of wealth, race and culture.
25 November is the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, established in 1999 by General Assembly resolution 54/134. Governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
World Television Day, 21 November
World Television Day is celebrated annually on 21 November, recognizing the impact that television has on world decision-making as a tool for communication and globalization in the contemporary world. It brings world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and plays a role in sharpening the focus on major issues. It was established in 1997 by General Assembly resolution 51/205.
World Philosophy Day, 21 November
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 established in 2005 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces; it has been celebrated on the third Thursday of every November since then.
Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.
UNESCO Philosophy Resources
Universal Children’s Day, 20 November
In 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all member states institute a Universal Children’s Day to promote the welfare of all children and advocate for understanding and solidarity between all children.
Above image is credited to Sophia Paris and was retrieved from unmultimedia.org/photo
Africa Industrialization Day, 20 November
The annual Africa Industrialization Day is on 20 November, for the mobilization of the international community’s commitment to the industrialization of Africa, to support its fast-growing economies, reduce poverty and increase food & nutritional security in all regions of the continent.
Resources on Development in Africa
Above image was retrieved from uneca.org
How is the UN responding to Typhoon Haiyan?
Typhoon Haiyan in numbers:
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released an action plan that outlines the United Nations’ response: Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Action Plan
“Tens of thousands of people are living in the open or sheltering in the remains of their homes and badly damaged public buildings, exposed to rain and wind. Many have lost loved ones and are traumatized by their experience. Our focus is now on scaling up our efforts,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said at a press conference in the capital, Manila.
For more information on the humanitarian situation in the Philippines: http://www.unocha.org/crisis/typhoonhaiyan
International Day for Tolerance, 16 November
16 November is the annual International Day for Tolerance; UN Member States are invited to observe the International Day for Tolerance with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.
The day marks the anniversary of UNESCO’s founding, and its Member States’ adoption of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.
Above image is credited to Mark Garten and was retrieved from unmultimedia.org/photo
The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Thursday, 14 November 2013
The Security Council met this morning in its 7058th meeting, to discuss the situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- What’s in blue: insights on the work of the Security Council on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Security Council Report: Monthly forecast, Democratic Republic of the Congo - May 2013
Photo: Security Council Meeting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 19 October 2012. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Security Council Meeting on Situation in Libya
Thursday, 14 November 2013
The Security Council met at 7095th meeting this morning to discuss the Situation in Libya.
- Reports by the Secretary-General
- Security Council meeting records
- Resolutions on Libya
- United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
- UN Member States on the Record: Libya
Photo: Security Council Meets on Libya. 28 November 2011. UN Photo/Ryan Brown.
Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
15th November Update
On 14th November 2013, The United Nations Security Council adopted the presidential statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The statement follows a recent surrender of the Mouvement de 23 mars (M23) rebel group.
The statement is available here in English: S/PRST/2013/17
On the 6th November 2013, following the apparent “defeat’ of the notorious Mouvement de 23 mars (M23) rebel movement by the Forces armées de la république démocratique du Congo (FARDC), which was technically supported by the Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation du Congo (MONUSCO) intervention brigade, the United Nations Security Council held consultations on the DRC. The closed door meeting included a briefing by head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson.
Speculation about the outcome of the meeting was rife, “It appears that the meeting will provide an update on the military situation on the ground, and the impact that the apparent defeat of the March 23 (M23) rebel movement may have on the political negotiations in Kampala” (Whatsinblue.org)
Council members were last briefed on the DRC in consultations on 28th October 2013, and a compromise statement was issued following that meeting.