|—||Ambassador Samantha Power at a Security Council Meeting on Ukraine, March 19, 2014|
|—||U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, After a UN Security Council Vote on a Resolution on Ukraine, March 15, 2014|
Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion on ending and preventing sexual violence in conflict situations on 25 February at 1:45 pm EST, at the US Department of State.
Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Catherine Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also participate in the discussion.
The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Washington Post.
It will focus on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
20 February is World Day of Social Justice.
“We must do more to empower individuals through decent work, support people through social protection, and ensure the voices of the poor and marginalised are heard,” said Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day.
ICYMI, earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry released a report on the human rights situtaion in the DPRK.
20 million people are at risk of food insecurity in the #Sahel and 2.5 million of them need urgent lifesaving #food assistance.
Learn more about the 3-year Strategic Response Plan recently launched by the United Nations and humanitarian partners to provide aid to millions of people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, human influence on the climate system is clear, and limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, finds the Climate Change 2013 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
“Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system,” said the report, released in full on Thursday
Find out about the work of the United Nations to combat climate change here.
The Geneva conference on Syria has started.
Read all of the statements made at the opening of the Conference here http://ow.ly/sPkqL
On Wednesday UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos did a Twitter chat on the Syria Crisis, taking questions from Twitter users and answering them live. Having been to the region five times in 2013 alone, she calls the conflict in Syria one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world today.
Check the questions and answers on this Storify: http://storify.com/un/askvalerie