Political solution needed above all for Yemen: UN chief
The international community came together in Geneva on Tuesday to pledge more than $2 billion in support for Yemen, which is facing what the UN Secretary-General has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Four years of conflict mean more than 22 million people there, or roughly three-quarters of the population, require aid assistance and protection.
UN chief António Guterres spoke to reporters following the pledging conference for the war-torn Gulf state.
He stressed that while humanitarian support is important, it is not enough.
“And above all, we need a serious political process to lead to a political solution because there was never a humanitarian solution for any humanitarian crisis. The solution has always been political and also in Yemen what we need is a political solution for these pledging conferences not to be repeated in the future.”
You can read more about the Yemen conference in the news story on our website: news.un.org.
Expert calls for transparent appointment of attorneys general in Northern Triangle countries
Three Central American countries are being urged by a UN independent expert to underline their commitment to fight vice and corruption.
As Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are all due to appoint new attorneys general starting next month, they’re being asked to ensure the selection process is transparent and fair.
Making the appeal is Diego García-Sayán who was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine the issue of the independence of judges and lawyers.
Mr García-Sayán said the new attorneys general will face “major challenges” including transnational criminal organizations operating in the area, corruption and impunity, all of which impede security and development in their region, which is known as the Northern Triangle.
“They will have a key role to play in breaking up the spiral of violence in these countries,” he said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He added that it is vital that women and indigenous people are also fully involved throughout the selection process
“Vital” mine action work in the spotlight on International Day
A live demonstration of an improvised explosive device (IED) is among the activities taking place at UN Headquarters this week to highlight International Mine Awareness Day, observed on Wednesday, 4 April.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said an unprecedented volume of landmines and unexploded weapons is contaminating both rural and urban war zones, maiming and killing civilians long after conflict has ended.
In a video message for the day, the UN chief described mine action as “a concrete step towards peace,” and urged governments to provide the political and financial support to allow this work to continue.
“Mine action is vital. Roads cleared of explosive devices enable peacekeepers to patrol and protect civilians. And when fields are cleared and schools and hospitals are made safe, normal life can resume.”