Briefs: Newsletter #12

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has counted 64 attacks on medical facilities in Ukraine since the start of the Russian offensive. The WHO has condemned the attacks, noting that they constitute a violation of international law. To read

The WHO estimates that more than 900 medical facilities are located too close to the front line. WHO reiterated that health is not and should never be the goal. To read


The UN Secretary General said that the war in Ukraine is an aggression against the most vulnerable people and countries around the world. To read

He felt it was time to end this senseless war. The continuation of the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically unjustified and absurd from a military point of view. To read


The General Assembly adopted a resolution on the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine, in which it demands an immediate cessation of hostilities by Russia against Ukraine. Read | see also


The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that ten million people, including more than 3.5 million refugees, have fled their homes in Ukraine. To read

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 6.5 million people in Ukraine are internally displaced persons. To read

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concern about the racist and discriminatory treatment faced by Africans, Asians or Latinos fleeing Ukraine. To read

UNHCR and IOM have welcomed the start of flights carrying refugees from Moldova to European Union member states, which has eased the pressure on Moldova as its national capacity is increasingly strained. To read


UNICEF has warned that children fleeing the war in Ukraine are at increased risk of human trafficking and exploitation. To read

UNICEF reported that 4.3 million children have been displaced in Ukraine over the past month, more than half of the country’s estimated child population of 7.5 million. To read


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 2,788 civilian casualties, including 1,081 deaths since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. To read [en]


The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said the war in Ukraine is hurting global growth and recovery. To read


The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food warned that a Russian offensive in Ukraine could lead to a global increase in malnutrition and hunger. To read


The Secretary General believed that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could have serious implications for the global climate agenda. To read

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that war damage in Ukraine raises fears of a biodiversity catastrophe and real environmental risks. To read


The Governing Council of the International Labor Organization adopted a resolution calling on Russia to stop its aggression against Ukraine and decided to suspend Russia’s technical assistance. To read




The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections worldwide for the second week in a row. To read

The WHO has urged African countries to remain vigilant in the face of COVID-19 despite the phasing out of essential health measures across the continent. To read


The WHO/Europe Advisory Group has published new guidance on children’s and adolescents’ access to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read


The World Food Program (WFP) received a €5.22 million contribution from the European Union in 2021, helping to feed and feed 708,000 vulnerable people in Chad. To read


The Secretary General has warned that we are heading towards a climate catastrophe. To read

On World Meteorological Day, the UN announced that within five years, all people on the planet must be protected by early warning systems from extreme weather events and climate change. Read | video


On the occasion of the International Day for the Right to the Truth about Gross Violations of Human Rights and the Dignity of Victims, the Secretary-General called for a renewed commitment to lift the veil on gross violations of human rights. Declaration

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities makes an official visit to the institutions of the European Union in Brussels. To read


On the occasion of World Water Day, the Secretary-General highlighted the potential of groundwater. Declaration

UNESCO has warned that groundwater, which accounts for 99% of all fresh liquid water on Earth, is underestimated, poorly managed and misused. To read

France is committed to the protection of water and the full realization of the human right to water and sanitation. To read*

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation has called for an end to the misappropriation, pollution and overexploitation of groundwater in order to protect the human rights to water and sanitation and mitigate the social risks associated with climate change. To read


On the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Secretary-General called on us to unite against racism and together build societies based on dignity, equality and solidarity. Declaration | video


In his message on the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the Secretary-General said that healthy forests are essential for people and the planet, emphasizing that the time has come for concrete and sustainable forest management. Read | Declaration | video


United Nations funds, agencies and programs participated in Brussels in the very first European Humanitarian Forum, organized by the European Commission and France under its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. To read


On the occasion of French Language Day and International Francophonie Day, the Secretary-General emphasized that French, as the official language of more than thirty Member States, helps to strengthen ties between peoples and is a driving force for dialogue and solidarity. Read | Declaration | Video | infographics

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that FC Barcelona and its foundation will support programs for displaced children around the world for the next four football seasons. To read


The Secretary-General announced the establishment of a High-Level Advisory Council on Effective Multilateralism, composed of 12 eminent persons. To read


UNICEF has appointed Franco-Congolese model Didi-Stone as National Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Read | listen


On June 27, in 100 days, the United Nations Ocean Conference will begin in Lisbon, which should lead to collective solutions to save the blue lungs of the planet, which are in great danger as a result of human activity. Read | video


On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, the Secretary-General has demanded the immediate release of the 22 UN staff who remain in detention. To read


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On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Secretary-General warned that racism permeates the institutions, structures and daily life of all societies, calling for the protection of equality, justice and the dignity of all. Read | Declaration

Belgium unequivocally condemns and rejects all forms of racism, hate speech and incitement both online and offline. To read*


On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, WHO/Europe reminded that tuberculosis remains one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world. To read

The Guttmacher Institute and the WHO have released new estimates showing severe disparities in access to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion services. To read

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has joined the One Health Alliance. To read

France welcomed the conclusion of a memorandum of understanding between WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and UNEP to strengthen the One Health approach. To read*


According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in 2022, international tourism is expected to continue its gradual recovery. To read

During an informal meeting of European Union tourism ministers, the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union praised the leadership of the UNWTO and noted how united the sector has been in the face of the historic challenge ahead. To read


Ubisoft has reaffirmed its commitment to protecting children with UNICEF in France by releasing a new Rabbids video to educate children about consent and equality between girls and boys. Read | video

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