Sudan, Myanmar, Covid-19/WHO, & other topics - Daily Briefing (26 January 2022) | United Nations

The United Nations of Earth reporting on this issue: "Sudan, Myanmar, Covid-19/WHO, & other topics - Daily Briefing (26 January 2022) | United Nations"
The topics: Noon briefing by Stephen Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: - Ethiopia - Yemen - Libya - Sudan - Solomon Islands - Myanmar - Venezuelan Refugees - Shipwreck/English Channel - Covid-19/World Health Organization SUDAN The UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) said yesterday that it is gravely concerned by the significant rise in tribal and intercommunal violence, which has resulted in the loss of civilian lives and livelihoods, most recently in North Darfur and West Darfur. The UN Mission welcomes initial efforts reportedly taken by local authorities to respond to the situation and calls on regional and national authorities to immediately step-up efforts to de-escalate tensions, investigate the recent incidents, and prevent further violence. It stresses that the persistent insecurity in Darfur underscores the need for the Government and armed groups that have signed up to the Juba Peace Agreement to prioritize the protection of civilians in Darfur. UNITAMS reminds the Sudanese authorities’ that their responsibility to protect civilians is not diminished despite the current political situation. MYANMAR In a joint statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women yesterday and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women in Myanmar called for greater action to ensure the protection of women and girls and to increase the availability and accessibility of quality, multi-sectoral services, including health care, justice, safety, protection and social services for survivors, regardless of the political and security situation. In Myanmar, this requires support for the many civil society organizations – women civil society organizations and health civil society organizations in particular – who are running prevention programming and delivering services day in and day out in often incredibly complex circumstances. Myanmar’s continuing state of emergency following the military takeover of 1 February or COVID-19 restriction measures are not an excuse for violence against women and girls, UNFPA and UN Women said. In times of crises such as humanitarian crisis, conflicts, climate disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of gender-based violence increases. A new report from UN Women, based on data from 13 countries, shows that 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know experienced some form of violence during the pandemic. COVID-19/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening a virtual meeting with experts around the world on the recently reported COVID-19 variant, B 1.1.529. WHO anticipates it will take a few weeks to understand what the variant means and how it might impact diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. Later today, the WHO will announce whether the variant will be classified as one of interest or of concern. WHO stresses the need for more people, everywhere, to be vaccinated. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=26%20November%202021

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