This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’
In New York, Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering “their full support” to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he was reportedly criticised by the Government of the war-ravaged country.
A fragile ceasefire has largely held in and around the key port city of Hudaydah since the signing of the Stockholm Agreement last December.
The accord is seen as first move to brokering a lasting peace between opposition Houthis and the Saudi-led international coalition backing the Government.
In the Security Council statement, Members gave their unequivocal backing to Mr. Griffiths, “and called on the parties to engage constructively and continuously” with the Special Envoy.
In a related development, the UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, met Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
They discussed the work of the Yemen Envoy and “the way forward” for advancing the fragile ceasefire accord, “and for returning to dialogue to reach a political solution to the wider conflict”, according to a statement attributed to Ms. DiCarlo.
The discussions were described as “productive” and Ms. DiCarlo thanked President Hadi “for his Government’s commitment” to full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.
Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice
“Fundamental change” to the world of work – including an EU-wide minimum wage – is needed to address the growing gap between society’s haves and have-nots, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
In a speech at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary conference in Geneva, Mr. Macron insisted that the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few from globalization had created a “law of the jungle”.
This had opened the door to damaging nationalism, xenophobia and disillusionment with democracy, he said.
Also at the ILO conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Member States to step up the fight against child labour.
Of the 152 million children forced to work globally, some 73 million were involved in hazardous activities, she said, in support of ILO’s initiative to end the scourge globally by 2025.
UN human rights chief Bachelet hails Botswana decision decriminalizing same-sex relationships
And finally, a landmark ruling by Botswana’s High Court that scraps laws against same-sex relationships has been welcomed by UN human rights top official, Michelle Bachelet.
In a statement on Tuesday the UN High Commissioner underlined that the High Court had “unanimously found sections of the Penal Code…to be unconstitutional and a violation of human rights”.
Such discrimination has impacts that go far beyond arrest and detention, Ms. Bachelet said, noting that the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people could lead to them being denied healthcare, education, employment and housing.
Botswana’s decision follows similar action in nine other countries in the past five years, including Angola, Belize, India and Trinidad and Tobago.
In Kenya last month, however, a similar constitutional challenge to overturn laws that discriminate against the LGBTI community, was unsuccessful.
Daniel Johnson, UN News.