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North Darfur

UN food agency suspends North Darfur operation after attacks (Al Jazeera)

The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended its operations across Sudan’s North Darfur state following attacks this week on all three of its warehouses in the capital, El Fasher, including the theft of more than 5,000 metric tons (tonnes) of food.

The move is expected to affect close to two million people in the area in 2022, the United Nations’ food agency said in a statement on Thursday.

UN food agency suspends North Darfur operation after attacks | News | Al Jazeera

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Arctic

UN confirms record 38C temperature for the Arctic (Al Jazeera)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed that a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) reached in a Siberian town last year was a record for the Arctic.

The United Nations’ agency said on Tuesday the temperature that hit Verkhoyansk on June 20, 2020, came during a prolonged heatwave amid conditions which averaged as much as 10C (50F) above normal for much of the summer over Arctic Siberia.

UN confirms record 38C temperature for the Arctic | Climate News | Al Jazeera

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World

UN launches record humanitarian appeal for 2022 as needs soar (Al Jazeera)

The UN has warned that the need for humanitarian aid is skyrocketing worldwide and will reach an all-time high next year, as the pandemic, climate change and conflict push more people to the brink of famine.

The United Nations’ humanitarian agency OCHA on Thursday appealed for a record $41bn to help 183 million people who are the most in need of life-saving assistance – up from the $35bn requested for 2021 and double the amount sought four years ago.

UN launches record humanitarian appeal for 2022 as needs soar | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

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Middle East UN

Those guilty of chemical attacks must be held accountable, says UN Chief (Arab News)

  • At start of conference devoted to a nuclear-free Middle East, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called on all parties to work to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
  • Expansion of existing nuclear-free zones around the world would lead to more robust disarmament and non-proliferation norms, he added

Those guilty of chemical attacks must be held accountable, says UN Chief (arabnews.com)

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OPCW Russia UN USA

Russia’s draft resolution on OPCW not approved over US pressure, Foreign Ministry says (TASS)

The US has put pressure on the representatives of a number of countries at the UN in order to prevent the review of Russia’s draft resolution on the activity of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) by the General Assembly, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Andrey Belousov who represented the country at the meetings of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York told Russian journalists.

Russia’s draft resolution on OPCW not approved over US pressure, Foreign Ministry says – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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Sudan

Top UN officials urge Sudan coup leaders to reverse course (Al Monitor)

The head of the United Nations’ High Commission for Human Rights condemned last week’s coup in Sudan and urged Sudanese military leaders to reinstate civilian government officials.

Michelle Bachelet urged Sudan’s military leaders “and their backers” on Friday to “step back in order to allow the country to return to the path of progress towards institutional and legal reforms.”

Bachelet slammed the Sudanese military’s use of force against protesters. At least 13 people have been killed and more than 300 injured since last Monday’s military takeover, according to the Associated Press.

Top UN officials urge Sudan coup leaders to reverse course – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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USA

Affirming Our Enduring Support for Operation ALTHEA and the Role of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (US Department of State)

The United States welcomes the action of the United Nations Security Council to unanimously renew the mandate for EUFOR’s Operation ALTHEA. Rooted in the Dayton Peace Accords, EUFOR’s Operation ALTHEA remains critical to maintaining the stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

The Office of the High Representative is the civilian mission that corresponds to EUFOR ALTHEA. It also plays a crucial role in ensuring stability in BiH, supporting the rule of law, and assisting in reform of democratic institutions to advance Bosnia and Herzegovina’s progress on its chosen Euro-Atlantic path. The United States fully supports High Representative Christian Schmidt and his ability to exercise all necessary authorities, including the Bonn Powers, until the 5+2 Agenda is complete and BiH is a peaceful, sovereign state, with territorial integrity and irreversibly on course for European integration. The High Representative and his Office merit the full support of the international community in this task. We regret that the Security Council was not able to hear from High Representative Schmidt during the debate on his report at the session that adopted Resolution 2604.

The United States stands strong in our support for the government of BiH as it strives to consolidate multi-ethnic democracy and strengthen democratic institutions, counter corruption, and provide economic opportunity for all the people.

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Bosnia-Herzegovina UN

UN Security Council Extends Bosnian Peacekeeping Force After Russia, China Appeased (RFE RL)

The UN Security Council extended a peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina in a unanimous vote on November 3 that came after any mention of the office of an international peace envoy was removed from the text of the resolution to win support from Russia and China.

The vote authorizes the 600-strong European Union-led peacekeeping force, known as EUFOR, for another year.

UN Security Council Extends Bosnian Peacekeeping Force After Russia, China Appeased (rferl.org)

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Sudan

UN calls on Sudan’s military to restore transitional government (Al Jazeera)

The United Nations Security Council has issued its first statement since the military dissolved the country’s power-sharing transitional government, expressing “serious concern” but falling short of issuing a stronger condemnation of the coup.

In a press statement approved by all 15 council members on Thursday, the UN’s most powerful body expressed “solidarity” with the Sudanese people and “called upon all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and emphasised the importance of full respect for human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”.

UN calls on Sudan’s military to restore transitional government | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

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