This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
Human Rights Council discusses occupied Palestinian territories
The head of the UN-appointed probe into possible rights violations during mass protests in Gaza earlier this year has made a public appeal for information that will help with the independent inquiry.
Speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Santiago Canton called for “Member States…the media, individuals and NGOs” to assist the Commission of Inquiry, adding that information has already been arriving “in volume”.
The head of the UN panel – who is from Argentina – also noted with concern the “grave and deadly situation” continuing in Gaza, where large-scale protests on the border with Israel began on 30 March.
In the first month after demonstrations began, more than 40 Palestinians were killed and 5,500 were injured by Israeli security forces, many by live ammunition, according to the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR.
The Commission of Inquiry is due to report back to the Human Rights Council at its next session in March 2019.
UN panel on economic, social and cultural rights opens 64th session
A review of economic, social and cultural rights in Germany, Mali, Argentina, Turkmenistan, South Africa, and Cabo Verde has begun at the UN in Geneva.
Reports on all six countries are due to be discussed by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at its sixty-fourth session in Geneva, which began on Monday.
It is one of 10 human rights treaty bodies composed of independent experts that meet in the Swiss city with Member States.
In her opening address, Peggy Hicks from the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, called for a greater focus on the right to housing, land rights and health.
This is in line with the core aim of integrating human rights in sustainable development, Ms. Hicks said, in her capacity as Director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at OHCHR.
Ms. Hicks added that at the recent High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, at least 13 Member States had said that recommendations from UN human rights mechanisms had, or would be, incorporated into domestic policies.
Some States had been less positive about linking human rights and development, however, and Ms. Hicks explained that they had urged for these two issues to be kept separate.
130 Heads of State gather in New York to discuss major global issues
And finally to New York, where more than 130 Heads of State and Government are on their way for the UN General Assembly high-level event, on Tuesday.
The UNGA, as it’s also known, is one of the six main bodies of the United Nations.
It is the only one in which all 193 Member States have equal representation: one nation, one vote.
In theory, each speaker is encouraged to limit their comments to 15 minutes.
The record for the longest speech was made by Fidel Castro of Cuba in 1960 when he spoke for four hours and 29 minutes.
Before Heads of State take to the podium, Member States at this seventy-third session of the General Assembly are due to take part in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.
The event on Monday is an opportunity to honour the centenary of the birth of the former South African President and global civil rights icon.
It is also a chance to for world leaders to renew their commitment to global peace, conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, promotion and the protection of human rights and long-term development – as called for by Secretary-General António Guterres.
Daniel Johnson, UN News.