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Challenges and needs of girls highlighted on International Day
“Far too often, girls are not given the space and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.”
The words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in a statement to mark International Day of the Girl Child, which aims to highlight the needs and challenges faced by girls the world over.
He said that, although 600 million adolescent girls are poised to enter the workforce, they are still confronted by negative gender stereotypes that begin as early as primary school, and which have the devastating effect of making them doubt their own potential.
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UN Chief urges South East Asia to lead global warming fight
The Secretary-General is currently in Bali, Indonesia, where he addressed leaders of South-East States on Thursday.
Mr. Guterres called on the region’s Governments to take a lead in the fight against global warming and the damaging effects of climate change.
Referring to Monday’s special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which laid out the devastating consequences of a world that fails to keep global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, Mr. Guterres told leaders that the climate crisis calls for urgent, ambitious action:
“This week’s IPCC report makes clear that climate change is running faster than we are – that we are running out of time. But it is not too late. We can limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. We have many of the technologies we need – and every effort counts. Bending the emissions curve by 2020 – and limiting temperature rise by even a half degree can make a world of difference. That will require urgent and far more ambitious action.”
Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel
A UN human rights committee has urged Saudi Arabia to put an end to airstrikes in Yemen, amid reports that they have resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 children since March 2015.
A strike on the 9th of August, in which at least 21 boys died when a bus was hit in the north of the country, drew particular international condemnation: two other aerial attacks were also highlighted in the Committee’s report.
All parties in the conflict have been responsible for attacks on civilians, the UN panel said, underscoring how targets have included homes, medical facilities and schools.
Conor Lennon, UN News.