Briefs: Fact Sheet #13

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than 82 attacks on healthcare in Ukraine. These attacks endanger healthcare workers and deprive patients of a safe place to receive care. WHO reiterated that health is not and should never be the goal. To read


The UN Secretary-General said that he had asked the Emergency Relief Coordinator to explore with the parties the possibility of a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine. To read

The report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights indicates that there is every reason to believe that serious violations of international humanitarian law and egregious violations of international human rights law were committed during the conflict in Ukraine. To read


The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the number of refugees who left Ukraine after the Russian invasion has crossed the symbolic threshold of 4 million people. There have been no such population movements in Europe since the Second World War. To read

The High Commissioner for Refugees has called for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine, which has led to the expulsion of more than 10 million people. To read


The Director of UN Women noted that women and girls make up approximately 90% of all displaced persons outside of Ukraine. She warned that they are particularly exposed to certain gender risks, such as human trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence, and denial of access to basic services and goods. To read [en] | video


UNICEF reported that 2 million children were forced to leave Ukraine, and it is estimated that more than 2.5 million children have become internally displaced. To read

According to the Executive Director of UNICEF, the war in Ukraine has caused one of the fastest large-scale movements of children since the Second World War. To read


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 3,167 civilian casualties, including 1,232 since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. To read [en]


Humanitarian agencies of the United Nations on Friday expressed concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine. To read

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Program (WFP) have launched a joint initiative involving six football stars to raise funds to help uprooted refugees and internally displaced people in Ukraine. To read


The UN has appointed three human rights experts to investigate possible violations of international law committed during the conflict in Ukraine. To read

The High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Russia to immediately take steps to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. To read


UNESCO is mobilizing to support the continuity of education in Ukraine by providing IT equipment and digital learning content. To read


The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held talks in Ukraine with senior government officials on urgent technical assistance from the IAEA to ensure the safety and security of the country’s nuclear facilities and help prevent the risk of an accident that could threaten the public and the environment. To read

The Secretary General reiterated his support for the IAEA’s efforts and called for the safe and unhindered access of Agency personnel to all nuclear facilities in order to prevent a health and environmental catastrophe. To read


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has warned that food shortages in Ukraine are expected immediately or within the next three months. To read


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The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on world leaders to remain vigilant over the threat of COVID-19. According to the WHO, COVID-19 continues to be a public health emergency of international concern and it is too early to reduce the quality of surveillance. To read


The European Commission has provided €16 million to support WHO efforts to step up COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and increase vaccination coverage in 15 African countries. To read


As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, UNICEF is concerned that a large number of children are out of school. To read


The UN mobilized $2.44 billion in aid at a donor conference for Afghanistan hosted by the UN, the UK, Germany and Qatar. To read


On World Autism Awareness Day, the Secretary-General called for full consideration of the rights of people with autism in post-pandemic recovery efforts. Declaration


The General Assembly proclaimed May 12 as International Plant Health Day to draw attention to the problem of plant pests and diseases that are causing up to 40% loss of food crops and increasing hunger. To read


The Secretary General announced the formation of his own group of experts to develop more stringent and clear standards for zero emission commitments of non-governmental organizations. Read | Declaration


The Secretary General drew attention to the damage caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and called for the adoption of a political declaration and standards. To read


The Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has warned that progress must be accelerated to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region. To read


The High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke to the Human Rights Council about harmful narratives targeting migrants and refugees, noting that millions of people continue to face racism, racial discrimination, inequality and exclusion. To read

The human rights expert praised the leading role of the European Union in advancing the rights of people with disabilities and encouraged it to use its influence outside of Europe to advocate for better protection of the rights of people with disabilities around the world. To read [en]


UNAIDS has launched an initiative to raise awareness among parents, teachers and society about gender identity in childhood. To read


The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported that almost half of pregnancies worldwide are unintended pregnancies. To read

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Gilbert Hungbo from Togo has been elected the new Director-General of the International Labor Organization (ILO). He is currently President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). To read

Luxembourg and the ILO have renewed their partnership by signing a new strategic framework partnership agreement. To read [en]



WHO has launched an initiative to prevent a new global pandemic. The Global Arbovirus Initiative will focus on risk surveillance, pandemic prevention, preparedness, detection and response. To read

WHO has released its global recommendations for supporting women and newborns in the postpartum period. To read


UNESCO and the International Police Association have announced a partnership to improve the skills of police and security forces in the areas of freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. He plans to launch an online course for police officers around the world. To read

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