News in Brief 29 January 2018

29 January 2018

Accessing food in war zones, continuing to “deteriorate”

The ability to find food in the world’s war zones continues to “deteriorate”, meaning that humanitarian efforts are “extremely critical”.

That’s one key conclusion of a report on food security, published on Monday, by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), compiled for the Security Council.

The joint assessment covers 16 countries; half of which are experiencing “crisis or emergency levels” of hunger among at least 25 per cent of their population.

The update for the Council says that food security affected by fighting, is a vicious circle, where deteriorating access can “exacerbate tensions and risks of conflict”.

The “combination of poverty and hunger, lack of opportunities, unequal access to jobs, land or wealth, is a volatile mix that can create feelings of anger and hopelessness”, said Dan Gustafson, Deputy Director-General of FAO, and Amir Abdullah, WFP’s deputy chief.

Data from 22 countries shows high levels of antibiotic resistance: WHO

Worryingly high levels of antibiotic-resistance have been recorded across 22 countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first release of surveillance data on the accelerating global threat.

Dr Marc Sprenger, director of WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat, revealed on Monday that both high- and low-income countries were affected.

So far, 52 countries are enrolled in WHO’s global surveillance system on so-called superbug infections.

Common infections which involve antibiotic resistant bacteria now include E. coli, pneumonia, and Salmonella.

More details from UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

“The new report confirms the serious situation of antibiotic resistance worldwide. Some of the world’s most common – and potentially most dangerous – infections, are proving to be drug-resistant. That’s why WHO is encouraging all countries to set up good surveillance systems for detecting drug resistance that can provide data to this global system”

Drop in extreme poverty “uneven across regions”: Deputy UN chief

The UN Commission for Social Development has a “key role to play” in addressing the challenge of tackling extreme poverty, and other key goals that form the ambitious 2030 Agenda.

That’s the view of Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, addressing the opening of the Commission’s 56th session on Monday, at UN Headquarters in New York.

She encouraged the commission to emphasize the need to accelerate “inclusive and equitable” economic growth, including full employment and decent jobs for all, as part of the overarching Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

These include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and providing quality education and good healthcare for everyone, by 2030.

Ms Mohammed said progress was being made in some areas more than others.

“The drop in extreme poverty remains uneven across regions, within countries and between various social groups. Furthermore, while more than 1 billion people have risen above the $1.90-a-day line since 1990, millions have slide back into poverty annually because of economic, environmental, health or other shocks. Of particular concern are the persistently high levels of poverty and deprivation amongst women and children, indigenous groups, older persons and persons with disabilities.”

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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