Humanitarians have stayed and delivered in Afghanistan in the year since the Taliban takeover, and it is imperative that the international community continues to do the same while the de facto authorities must also do their part, the Security Council heard on Monday.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Martin Griffiths, who briefed ambassadors, reported on the ongoing hardships and uncertainty facing Afghans, nearly half of whom – 24 million people – require aid relief to survive.
by Danaka Katovich
On August 30, 2022 one third of Pakistan was underwater due to catastrophic flooding. A little over a week later on September 7, while the situation in Pakistan was still dire, the United States Department of State announced a sale of an F-16 warplane sustainment to Pakistan in which the leaders of Pakistan agreed to pay the U.S. $450 million to keep its F-16 fleet up and running. On the same day, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif said that parts of his country were “like a sea” as the death toll of the floods rose to 1,343. Over 200 more people have been reported dead since that count, with 33 million people in Pakistan affected by the disaster.
All over the world we are seeing the devastating effects of climate change. Another hurricane has hit Puerto Rico causing flooding and a loss of electricity. Wildfires rage through California. Heat waves of historic magnitude have affected several places globally in the past few months.
Several were reported killed during Monday’s clashes after supporters flooded into the presidential palace.
Mr. Guterres urged all involved “to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation” and avoid further violence.
United Nations activities in support of democracy are carried out through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), among others.
By Lea Angela Biason and Claire Errington
Last year, Superintendent of Police Phyllis Osei from Ghana — serving with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) — was awarded the United Nations Female Police Peacekeeper of the Year Award. Her contributions enhancing the protection of women and girls, as well as her initiatives to promote women rights in the host state police, embody the spirit of the Award and embrace the values of international policing. Here is an interview conducted by the United Nations.
What sparked your interest in serving in a UN mission?
I listened with keen interest to the stories about the impact of war on women and children shared by my fellow Ghanaian peacekeepers who served in peacekeeping missions. These stories had a direct link with what I do daily as a gender officer in Ghana, so I wanted to experience it firsthand and contribute to protecting the world’s most vulnerable persons.