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Harsh drought conditions in Somalia could trigger major humanitarian crisis, UN warns
A senior UN official has warned that harsh drought conditions currently afflicting South West state in Somalia, are likely to trigger a major humanitarian crisis, if urgent action is not taken.
George Conway, acting UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, issued the warning while he was assessing the effects of the prolonged drought on vulnerable populations, in Baidoa.
Highlighting the underfunding of this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan – currently only 19 per cent met - Mr. Conway said on Thursday it would require “strong advocacy with donor and financing partners” to avoid a crisis, and stop it increasing “potentially over the edge into more disastrous conditions”.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), drought conditions during the 2018/19 rainy season have led to an increase in the number of people designated “food insecure”, since October of last year.
Mr. Conway was accompanied by members of the Norwegian Government, which is already supporting a number of projects in the region.
World Tuna Day highlights importance of sustainably managed fish stocks for the health of the ocean
Thursday is World Tuna Day, which serves to highlight the importance of this valuable food source to the marine ecosystem and the global economy, says the UN.
Established just two years ago, the day raises awareness about the importance of tuna – a staple of the seas - and serves to promote more sustainable fishing practices.
Highlighting that tuna and tuna-like species are very important economically to all countries - and a significant source of food - the UN warns that tuna is threatened by an overwhelming demand - especially for traditional canned tuna, and as sashimi and sushi.
Confirming that approximately 7 million tonnes of tuna are landed yearly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) emphasizes the whole aquaculture sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 14, to conserve the ocean and its resources.
Festival in Bonn to drive action towards meeting SDGs
And sticking with the SDGs, a global festival of action, kicked off in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday aiming to inspire SDGs campaigners to scale up and broaden the global movement, and make the 17 goals a reality.
Organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, the ground-breaking event runs until Saturday, providing an interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG advocacy.
Bringing together more than 1,500 political decision-makers, activists, experts, business leaders and creatives from over 130 countries, the festival is expected to motivate not only organizations but also individuals, in the push towards 2030.
Matt Wells, UN News.