Briefs: Newsletter #11

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UNICEF estimates that 55 children run away from Ukraine every minute.
Every second a Ukrainian child becomes a refugee. To read


The UN political chief has warned the Security Council that direct attacks on civilians and civilian objects are prohibited by international law and may constitute war crimes. To read

The President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) stressed to the members of the Security Council the need for close cooperation with the United Nations at a time when the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter and international law are flagrantly violated in the heart of Europe. To read


On March 16, the International Court of Justice ordered Russia to immediately suspend its military operation in Ukraine. To read

France welcomed the decision of the International Court of Justice on the war in Ukraine. To read*


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 1,900 civilian casualties, including 726 deaths since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. To read [en]


The Secretary General announced that the UN will provide an additional $40 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to increase humanitarian assistance in Ukraine. To read

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the fighting in Ukraine is causing catastrophic humanitarian consequences. To read

Faced with rising humanitarian needs, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called for continued support from the private sector, which has already donated more than $200 million to support UNHCR’s emergency response in Ukraine. To read


UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and WHO have called for an immediate end to all attacks on health services. To read

WHO sent emergency medical assistance to protect Ukraine’s healthcare system, which is facing a shortage of supplies. To read


The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has warned that Ukraine could slide into poverty. To read


The Secretary General warned that the war in Ukraine has consequences far beyond its borders and could lead to the collapse of the world food system. To read

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has warned that another 8-13 million people worldwide could suffer from malnutrition if food exports from Ukraine and Russia are stopped by the war. To read


UNESCO has condemned the killing of French-Irish journalist Pierre Zakshevsky and Ukrainian journalist Alexandra Kuvshinova while working in Ukraine for Fox News. To read

France reaffirmed its permanent and strong commitment to freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the protection of journalists and all those whose expression contributes to free and pluralistic information and public debate throughout the world. To read*

UNESCO has announced new measures to protect journalists in Ukraine to help the federations of displaced Ukrainian journalists continue their work, as well as to support the free flow of information about the war. To read


The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France met on Friday, March 11, with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He praised the efforts made by the head of the IAEA as part of the ongoing initiative to secure and protect Ukrainian civilian nuclear installations. To read*




The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the number of reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide increased for the first time since the end of January. To read


The UN High Commissioner for Refugees stressed that the war in Ukraine should not overshadow the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. To read


The General Assembly proclaimed March 15 as the International Day against Islamophobia with the aim of promoting a global dialogue to promote at all levels a culture of tolerance and peace based on respect for human rights and the diversity of religions and beliefs. To read

The General Assembly has proclaimed 2026 as the International Year of Pastoralism and Rangelands to raise awareness and promote the richness of healthy rangelands and sustainable pastoralism. To read


At a high-level meeting on deforestation, jointly hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, FAO proposed solutions to promote interaction between agriculture and forests to stop deforestation. To read


On the occasion of the opening of the annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Secretary-General called for women and girls to be at the forefront of the fight against climate and environmental crises. Read | Declaration

The Secretary-General welcomed the progress made by the United Nations system towards gender parity, while noting slower and uneven progress on the ground. To read

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has said that violence against women in politics is a moral and ethical failure of our society. To read


France is among the top 12 donors to the Peacebuilding Fund with a contribution of €6.5 million for 2022. Additional Information


France | The position of Young Associate Expert (JEA) to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in charge of the issue of sexual violence committed during the conflict is open. This position is part of the Franco-Italian cooperation and meets certain conditions. Applications are accepted until noon on March 25, 2022. More information*


Call for nominations for the annual Champions of the Earth Awards, an environmental award given by the United Nations that aims to reward individuals, groups and organizations whose actions have a positive and transformative impact on the environment. Deadline: April 11, 2022 More information


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On the occasion of Salt Awareness Week, WHO highlights 5 simple tips that can help reduce salt intake and blood pressure, thereby significantly reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease. To read


New York | Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations. Deadline: March 20, 2022 More details*

France | French Association of the United Nations (AFNU). Fundraising and communication internship for the period from May 2 to July 31, 2022 Deadline: March 30, 2022 Learn more*


The Secretary General said about 11 years of war in Syria that we cannot let the Syrian people down. Read | Declaration | video


UNICEF France reiterated the need to make children and youth a key topic of debate in the French presidential campaign and a priority in the future mandate. To read


The UN called on the international community to be mindful of the plight of millions of hungry people in Yemen and called on donors to provide almost $4.3 billion to help more than 17 million people. To read

A call for funding launched by the United Nations for Yemen during an event co-hosted by Switzerland and Sweden raised just $1.3 billion out of an estimated need of $4.3 billion. To read

Luxembourg has announced a €2 million contribution in 2022 to support the crisis response in Yemen. To read*

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