Iraq: UN envoy urges politicians to end stalemate to prevent unrest
18 May 2022 | 12:58 pm
In a UN Security Council briefing, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said the streets in Iraq could "boil over" if political leaders were unable to end a political stalemate that has gripped the country for over seven months.
The UN has said it is "concerned" after five activists, including a woman, were detained and subjected to body searches in the Afghan capital during the launch of a women's rights organization.
The victim was traveling by car when he was fired upon by "unknown persons," according to Iraqi police. The motive for the attack is still unclear.
The United Nations political affairs chief has called Russia's attack on Ukrainian cities the "most intense bombardment" since Russia invaded Ukraine. She also warned the world of a "catastrophic spillover."
A third of the food we produce is wasted, emitting as much as 10% of global greenhouse gases. Failed targets to reduce food waste — especially in rich nations — need to be urgently updated at COP27, says UN.
With the UN climate summit close to an end, Antonio Guterres said there was no time for "finger pointing." Negotiators are deadlocked in talks on establishing a fund to help poorer countries deal with climate disasters.
Germany is deciding whether to completely pull out of the UN's MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali. This comes after Britain and Ivory Coast said they would withdraw their troops.
Repeated droughts experienced by Iraq for the past three years are accentuating the rural exodus underway throughout the country. No longer able to work on their land due to rapid desertification, farmers are moving to the cities. In oil-rich Basra, the country's economic powerhouse, these farmers end up in slums, often going without basic services.
The IAEA has said Iran is continuing to accelerate its nuclear program and is producing highly enriched uranium at a new site.
The UN Human Rights Council was considering an international investigation into the human rights situation in Iran. Tehran said the West "lack the moral credibility" to criticize it.
Missile attacks on Ukraine's battered power grid are an "obvious crime against humanity," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told the UN Security Council.
More than half of the women and girls murdered last year were killed by a partner of a close relative, UN data showed. The number of deaths is "alarmingly high," but the UN warns the real situation is likely much worse.
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