This is the news in brief from the United Nations.
Ebola outbreak effort suspended again, following violence in DR Congo
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), treatment for victims at the epicentre of a deadly Ebola outbreak, is on hold again following attacks that have forced thousands of civilians to flee.
In Beni, North Kivu, 12 civilians were killed last week by armed insurgents and a ll humanitarian activities have been suspended at the Ebola Treatment Centre in the eastern city, close to the Ugandan border.
The centre was empty of staff for three hours during the assault, and this is the second time in two months it’s been forced to shut its doors to dozens of Ebola patients, following threats against humanitarian workers.
Deputy UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that threats across the whole region were a major concern.
“Insecurity and displacement are putting serious pressure on an already stretched humanitarian response in the country, where the number of people in need of humanitarian protection and assistance has nearly doubled over the last year to an estimated 13.1 million people – one out of every seven Congolese.”
‘Never give up’ UN chief urges all who serve, marking UN Day
Wednesday marks the 2018 United Nations Day, the anniversary of the entry into force of the Organization’s founding charter, in 1945.
In a video released in advance of the day, Secretary General António Guterres underscored the UN’s commitment to overcoming various crises, including the implementation of climate action, the fight for human rights, and achievement of peaceful livelihoods worldwide.
The UN chief highlighted that global challenges are on the rise and reminded the men and women who serve, why they do it.
“Conflicts are multiplying - people are suffering. But we don’t give up because we know every man, woman and child deserves a life of peace. On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal our planet. To leave no one behind. To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations.”
UN Security Council hails 'courage of Afghan voters
The UN Security Council has commended the participation and courage of Afghans, following the country’s parliamentary elections over the weekend.
The elections have been marred by unprecedented problems, including technical glitches and attacks at polling stations on Saturday, election day, that left at least 38 people dead and 100 wounded.
Security concerns and corruption have plagued Afghanistan’s elections for years due to the Taliban insurgency.
With vote counting underway, Council members have urged that any complaints over the vote be channeled through legal and constitutional means.
Natalie Hutchison, UN News.