This is the News in brief from the United Nations
Everyone has a role to play in combatting global corruption
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Monday that corruption is present in all countries, “rich and poor, North and South, developed and developing.”
Speaking at a dedicated meeting on tackling corruption as part of the UN’s efforts to maintain international peace and security, he pointed to World Economic Forum estimates that corruption costs at least $2.6 trillion – or five per cent of global gross domestic product.
Moreover, according to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay more than $1 trillion in bribes each year.
He urged Member States to fight on the frontlines against corruption by building up the capacity of national anti-corruption commissions and improve prosecution efforts.
He called on leaders “everywhere to listen, to nurture a culture of integrity and to empower citizens to do their part at the grass roots,” he continued.
“We must all do more to fight corruption, strengthen governance and build trustworthy institutions that can ensure probity and progress for all.”
New UN rights chief underscores the importance of multilateralism
On Monday, in her inaugural speech as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet opened the new session of the Human Rights Council, emphasizing that despite political differences, all people seek rights, sustainable development and peace – underscoring the importance of multilateral institutions as the only way towards that common vision.
She stated that the Council’s increased workload was not only a testament to the world's failures to uphold human rights, but also a mark of the Council’s importance.
“I am convinced that this Council must strive for consensus. I believe there should be more engagement by all Member States – not sterile disputes; not withdrawals; but collective, coordinated and cooperative work to sustain core principles and common goals.”
She concluded with her commitment to the task of ensuring that together, we grow civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights for all, together with the right to development, and thus ensure peace and sustainable development across the world.
It’s important to talk about suicide: WHO
For the 16th consecutive year, Monday marked World Suicide Prevention Day, dedicated to raising global awareness that more suicides can be averted.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and it’s UN and non-governmental organization partners, shared messages on Twitte r about spotting the warning signs and how suicide attempts can be thwarted.
WHO spelled out that every 40 seconds, someone takes their own life, explaining that it is not uncommon for people suffering from severe depression to consider it. Yet, suicides are largely preventable.
WHO said that most suicides were preceded by warning signs, which may include giving away valued possessions or saying things like: “No-one will miss me when I am gone."
The UN health agency stressed the importance of listening with an open mind and offering support.
“Encourage the person to seek help from a professional, such as a doctor” and “offer to accompany them to an appointment,” suggested WHO.
Liz Scaffidi, UN News.