This is the news in brief from the United Nations.
UN Secretary-General leads tributes to UN workers who died in Ethiopia crash
United Nations flags flew at half-mast around the world on Monday to honour the 157 people killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines devastating crash, including at least 21 UN workers.
Speaking to delegates attending the opening of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday morning, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the world body was “united in grief”.
Cut SG – “Our colleagues were women and men —junior professionals and seasoned officials — hailing from all corners of the globe and with a wide array of expertise. They all had one thing in common — a spirit to serve the people of the world and to make it a better place for us all.”
Mr. Guterres asked staff to “keep their spirit of service alive, in their honour, before a minute of silence was observed, in line with other UN hubs around the world.
Many of the victims were bound for a major United Nations environmental summit in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims
To Malawi now, the Secretary-General has extended his condolences to the families of flood victims, and to the Government and citizens of the country, following days of heavy rains and flooding which have left at least 23 dead.
In a statement released on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of life and the “significant damage to people’s homes and livelihoods” caused by the deluge.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that the flooding has affected around115,000 people, particularly in the south.
The flooding has had a major impact on power supplies in Malawi, according to media reports, with more than 80% of the country’s hydro-electric supplies shut down.
Human Rights Council-appointed expert calls for Myanmar investigation
Rakhine state in Myanmar, continues to face a humanitarian crisis and the suppression of people’s basic rights, a UN Human Rights Council-appointed expert said on Monday, in an appeal for alleged atrocities to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Presenting her latest report in Geneva, Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, highlighted a range of concerns.
These included grave abuses linked to the mass exodus of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state in August 2017, sparked by separatist violence against police posts.
A separate Council-appointed probe last year called for the prosecution of top Myanmar military commanders for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Ana Carmo, United Nations.