This is the news in brief from the United Nations.
UN chief following escalation in Libya violence ‘with grave concern’
The UN is calling for a “temporary humanitarian truce” to allow emergency services in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to reach civilians affected by escalating fighting there.
Troops from the so-called Libyan National Army, or LNA, which holds sway in the east and southern areas of the country, have moved on the capital, meeting resistance from units loyal to the internationally-recognized Government.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was following the developing situation “with grave concern” having left Libya on Friday, stressing the UN was ready to facilitate any political solution that could unify the oil-rich country, and end years of chronic instability and economic collapse.
More details from UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric:
“Our humanitarian colleagues on the ground report that the escalation of violence in and around Tripoli has caused the displacement of some 3,400 people fleeing from fighting and has blocked emergency services from reaching casualties and civilians; fighting has also damaged electricity lines. Clashes with heavy weapons are affecting residential areas, and an unknown number of civilians are unable to flee these locations.”
Mr. Dujarric said the UN and partners had food stocks for an additional 80,000 people in Tripoli for a period of two weeks, and emergency medical supplies to treat up to 210,000, over the next three months.
‘Exercise utmost restraint’ urges Guterres as thousands continue demonstrations in Sudanese capital
With security forces reportedly firing tear gas at protesters outside Sudan’s defence ministry in the capital Khartoum, the Secretary-General called on Monday for “all actors to exercise utmost restraint and avoid violence.”
Demonstrations against the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir began in December, and thousands have been rallying outside the headquarters of the Sudanese army in the capital since Saturday, according to news reports.
In a statement, Mr. Guterres said he was following the demonstrations closely, and called on the Government to demonstrate “full respect for human rights, including the freedom of assembly, the freedom of expression, and the release of detained protestors.”
He said Sudan’s leadership needed to “create a conducive environment for a solution to the current situation and to promote an inclusive dialogue.”
He said the UN stood ready to support “any efforts agreed by the Sudanese to peacefully resolve the current crisis.”
‘Empowered, included and equal’ – UN Youth Forum kicks off in New York
And finally, the 8th Economic and Social Council Youth Forum – under the theme, “Empowered, Included and Equal” – kicked off on Monday at UN Headquarters.
Addressing the opening session, the Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake -- she said that the decisions made during the event would help steer discussions to ensure that young people’s needs and rights, were front and centre for the big Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action summits, later in the year.
More from Stéphane Dujarric:
“The Youth Envoy said that the UN is pursuing action across many fronts to support Member States, and it continues to pursue a path towards a fair globalization that works for all, while seeking to instill continued appreciation for multilateralism and dialogue, including among young people.”
Ana Carmo, UN News.