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Iran USA

Over-compliance with US sanctions hurting Iran’s ‘butterfly kids’ (UN News)

Over-compliance with United States-imposed sanctions against Iran is harming the right to health, and people with a rare skin disease are among those affected, many of them children, experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday.

These patients suffer from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a severe and life-threatening skin condition, which causes extremely painful wounds. Many are children, who are often referred to as “butterfly kids” because of their fragile skin.

Over-compliance with US sanctions hurting Iran’s ‘butterfly kids’ | | UN News

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South Sudan

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan (UN News)

Weeks of heavy rain have caused unrelenting floods, affecting more than 700,000 people across the country, UNHCR Representative in the country Arafat Jamal said on Tuesday.

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan | | UN News
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Myanmar

Myanmar: Three million in urgent need of life-saving assistance, protection (UN News)

Updating journalists at the daily media briefing in New York, Stéphane Dujarric cited humanitarians in saying that “conflict, food insecurity, natural disasters and COVID-19” have left some three million women, children and men in urgent need of life-saving assistance and protection.

Myanmar: Three million in urgent need of life-saving assistance, protection | | UN News
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Yemen

Yemen war reaches ‘shameful milestone’ – 10,000 children now killed or maimed (UN News)

That’s the equivalent of four children every day, UNICEF spokesperson James Elder said. Urging all parties to the conflict to stop the fighting, he added that “Yemen is the most difficult place in the world to be a child. And, incredulously, it is getting worse.”

Yemen war reaches ‘shameful milestone’ – 10,000 children now killed or maimed  | | UN News

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Biodiversity Protection Climate Change

UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock’ knowledge for biodiversity protection (UN News)

Launching the new programme, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that scientists and local residents would take samples of genetic material from fish waste, mucous membranes or cells, eDNA, to monitor species.

Marine World Heritage sites play a critical role in protecting marine ecosystems of exceptional universal value and provide opportunities for the public to appreciate and preserve marine environments”, reminded UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone Ramírez.

UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock’ knowledge for biodiversity protection   | | UN News

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Afghanistan

Taliban backs WHO polio vaccination campaign across Afghanistan next month (UN News)

The vaccination campaign will begin on 8 November, and will be the first in over three years to reach all children in Afghanistan.

This includes more than three million children in parts of the country who have previously remained inaccessible to inoculation campaigns against the infectious disease, which can cause paralysis and death.

Taliban backs WHO polio vaccination campaign across Afghanistan next month | | UN News
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Free Expression Gender Justice

‘Sexism and misogyny’ heightened; women’s freedoms supressed (UN News)

Presenting her report on gender justice and free expression, Special Rapporteur on protecting freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan, said that “women’s voices are suppressed, controlled or punished explicitly by laws, policies and discriminatory practices, and implicitly by social attitudes, cultural norms and patriarchal values”.

‘Sexism and misogyny’ heightened; women’s freedoms supressed | | UN News

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Central African Republic

Positive momentum in Central African Republic must be maintained (UN News)

Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UN peacekeeping operation, MINUSCA, underlined the need to maintain “positive momentum” as the authorities strive to achieve democracy and stability in the wake of presidential and parliamentary elections.

Positive momentum in Central African Republic must be maintained | | UN News

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Ethiopia Tigray

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ at reported air strikes on Tigray capital (UN News)

Speaking to reporters in New York, the UN Spokesperson said the Organization was still trying to verify the details, but it is worried about the potential impact on civilians who reside or work in the affected areas.

According to Stéphane Dujarric, the Secretary-General is “deeply concerned” over the escalation of the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ at reported air strikes on Tigray capital  | | UN News

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