This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
Data experts gather to find solutions for the world’s biggest problems
Using statistical data effectively can save lives and help solve global problems.
That’s one key premise behind the UN World Data Forum, which started in Dubai on Monday, bringing together thousands of data experts from governmental statistics offices, non-profit organisations, the private sector and academia.
For three days, they will be exchanging views on technical, policy and ethical issues and developing partnerships to ensure that the power of data can be harnessed to create positive change and help achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – all while protecting privacy.
Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was in Dubai, and said that great opportunities lie ahead if we use data responsibly and inclusively:
“While it is clear that the data revolution is having an enormous impact, it has not benefited everyone equally… I invite all data innovators to work together with the United Nations to improve the availability and use of disaggregated and local data. Together, we can safely and responsibly harness the power of data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and bring about a world where no one, absolutely no one, is left behind.”
Ebola in DR Congo: UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers
To the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or DRC) now. The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday that he is “outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups” near Beni, in North Kivu, a region that has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since August.
He condemned Saturday’s attack in which at least 11 civilians were killed, and several more were injured and abducted. He said he is also “deeply troubled” by reports that, on Friday, two Congolese Ebola health workers were killed by armed militia.
These kinds of attacks are hampering humanitarian access in the conflict-torn region close to the Ugandan border and preventing health workers from tackling the deadly outbreak.
This is the tenth Ebola epidemic to hit the DRC in 40 years, and in just 2 and a half months, more than 250 cases have been reported, causing over 140 deaths.
UN human rights experts call for end to exclusion of Nigerian women in politics
A group of independent human rights experts are denouncing deliberate attempts made in Nigeria to exclude women candidates from recent elections.
The experts, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, cite reports of irregularities in primaries held in various Nigerian states, including the exclusion of women from candidate lists, widespread intimidation, blackmail and violent attacks against female candidates and their supporters.
Nigeria has a national gender policy that calls for measures to ensure that 35 per cent of elective and appointive political posts are filled by women. However, the human rights defenders say these measures have not been put into actual practice.
From UN News, I’m Yasmina Guerda.