News in Brief 25 July 2017 (PM)

25 July 2017

UN deputy chief praises DRC for progress on issue of sexual violence

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is being praised by the UN Deputy Secretary-General for making some progress on the issue of sexual violence.

Amina Mohammed made the remarks during a press encounter on Tuesday, following her meeting with the country’s Vice-Prime Minister, Léonard She Okitundu.

“Today, the DRC is plagued by many challenges but what we would like to bring as women, as women leaders, into this conversation, is engaging with women to find the opportunities to overcome those challenges; to change the narrative of victims to survivors and aspirations achieved within the 2030 Agenda: 15 years of which two years we have started already.”

She is accompanied by the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.

The three officials made their first stop in Nigeria where they met with the Acting President as well as women leaders and young women who have been affected by conflict.

Deadly airstrikes reported in Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta

Humanitarians in Syria are concerned about the deadly airstrikes reported in the besieged region of eastern Ghouta on Monday, the UN deputy spokesman said on Tuesday.

Duma city and Zamalka town in eastern Ghouta have also been reportedly hit, but the UN has not been able to verify the information.

A ceasefire was announced in the besieged region on 22 July.

UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq has more:

“The UN is concerned for the protection and well-being of the 400,000 people in eastern Ghouta, with reports of people in desperate need of medicine, health supplies, food, nutrition and other life-saving assistance. Our humanitarian colleagues also cite reports of increased fighting in several locations in Idleb Governorate, including the area around the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing, which hosts a large number of settlements and camps for displaced people.  The clashes continue to undermine the delivery of much needed life-saving assistance through the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing between Turkey and Syria, which has remained closed since 19 July, with no UN cross-border shipments having taken place since then.”

Thousands of civilians also remain trapped in Raqqa city as fighting continues in the area, with more than 202,000 people having been displaced since April, he said.

Chief of UN peacekeeping operations visits Sudan’s troubled areas

The UN Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix travelled to the oil-rich region of Abyei in Sudan on Tuesday, where he met with local communities and UN personnel.

Inter-communal conflict and tensions have forced hundreds and thousands of people out of their homes in Abyei, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

Mr LaCroix previously visited North Darfur, where he met with the Governor in El Fasher.

The two discussed continued support to vulnerable populations, especially internally displaced persons.

They also exchanged plans for capacity-building in the area of rule of law.

Mr Lacroix also visited Golo, in Central Darfur, and Sudan’s capital city, Kharthoum, where he met with local officials and discussed the situation in Darfur, Abyei and the wider region.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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