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Central African Republic: UN warns that more than six in 10 people now need urgent humanitarian assistance
More than six in 10 people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Central African Republic (CAR), amid recent upticks in violence, the UN’s top aid official in the country, Najat Rochdi, told journalists in Geneva on Wednesday.
In the past three weeks alone, more than 50,0000 people in the nation’s Batafango and Alindao towns have been affected by attacks, where assailants burned down two main sites for displaced people.
Fighting between Christian and Muslim militias has plunged CAR into civil conflict since 2012.
Ms. Rochdi said next year, 63 per cent of people are expected to require urgent humanitarian assistance; a jumpy from 46 per cent in May. She recounted her recent visit to the nation.
Everything was burned and (there is) a level of despair which is really heartbreaking,” Ms Rochdi said. “I went there, and I met with them and there is one thing they told me, all of them, is that they will never go back to the site. And therefore, it is really a lot of challenges for us when it comes to protection, but also when it comes to making sure they have a minimum living standard where they are.”
Future of climate change hinges on contributions by youth – UN deputy chief in China
On a visit to China, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed spoke to students at Tsinghua University on the subject of climate change.
She encouraged the ideas and innovations of young people, deeming them key to ensuring a more sustainable future, especially with regard to climate action.
The UN deputy chief said the Paris Agreement, a pact within the United Nations framework convention aimed to strengthen the global response to climate change, indicated a strong start for countries committed to lowering their emissions, and added that the Agreement’s potential has yet to be fully unleashed.
Countries must raise their ambitions, she said, and implement their own national contributions. She urged the students to hold leaders and decision-makers accountable to ensure a secure future for generations to come.
After decade of progress, rural areas of Latin America, Caribbean slide back into poverty – UN report
The number of people falling into poverty in rural Latin America and the Caribbean increased by two million for the first time in a decade, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.
Authors of the report called this shift “a historical reversal” in efforts to improve livelihoods of the region’s 59 million people, which last saw a setback of this magnitude in 2008 as a result of international financial crisis.
Eliminating rural poverty would help tackle human and drug trafficking, and involuntary and insecure migration, according to the report.
The publication recommends creation of sustainable agriculture sectors, social protection programs, responsible management of natural resources, and intensifying investment in public services, among others measures, in order to achieve a key target for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1, reducing the number of people living in poverty by at least half, by 2030.
Natalie Hutchison, UN News.