This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action: UN report
A new UN-backed report on the ongoing healing of the ozone layer, is being hailed as a demonstration of what global agreements can achieve, and an inspiration for more ambitious climate action to halt a catastrophic rise in world temperatures.
The study, “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018”, is the latest in a series of reports, released every four years, which monitor the recovery of ozone in the stratosphere, that protects life on Earth from ultraviolet rays from the sun.
The findings provide a ray of hope, at a time when a recent scientific report, described by UN chief António Guterres as an "ear-splitting wake-up call,” detailed the devastating effects of a 2°C global temperature rise
Saudi Arabia expresses Khashoggi killing ‘regret and pain’ at UN rights review
Saudi Arabia has expressed “regret and pain” for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, during a human rights session at the UN in Geneva on Monday.
Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, asserted the country’s commitment to achieving the “highest possible standards” in human rights in the country, including for women and migrants.
Here’s a section of the English-language version of his statement, spoken by a UN intepreter:
“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already expressed its regret and pain for the death of Jamal Kashoggi. King Abdel-Aziz has already instructed the prosecution to proceed with the investigation into this case according the applicable laws in preparation to reaching all facts and bringing all the perpetrators to justice in order to bear the facts to the public.”
Following Dr Al-Aiban’s comments, 40 Member States appealed to Saudi Arabia to find out what had happened to Mr Khashoggi, many also calling for reform to the Kingdom’s freedom of expression laws.
‘Rare but devastating’ tsunamis underscore need for better preparation, UN chief urges on World Day
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for the world to be better prepared for the disastrous impact of tsunamis, which are causing increasing human, economic and development losses.
Speaking on World Tsunami Day, Mr Guterres said he had seen first-hand the destruction they cause, when he recently visited the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where a tsunami affected over 1.5 million people and claimed over 2,000 lives.
Between 1998 and 2017, over a quarter of a million people died as a result of tsunami events, with the financial cost estimated at $280 billion, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: countries along the Indian and Pacific Oceans were worst hit.
Conor Lennon, UN News.