Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Combating hate speech, DR Congo, antimicrobial resistance, peacekeeping, #ActNow for our planet

18 June 2019

This Tuesday, top stories include: the UN’s war on hate speech; a surge in ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the ‘invisible pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance; UN peacekeeping Commanders’ meeting at the Security Council; and a new campaign to encourage healthy and sustainable food choices.

Hate speech ‘on notice’ as UN chief launches new plan to ‘identify, prevent and confront’ growing scourge

Children wearing “United Against Hate” t-shirts appear at an interfaith gathering at the Park East Synagogue in New York City in memory of Jewish worshipers who were killed in Pittsburgh in the United States. (31 October 2018)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has declared war on hate speech, telling Member States on Tuesday, that we all need to “do better at looking out for each other”.

“Hate speech may have gained a foothold, but it is now on notice”, Mr. Guterres said, launching the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. “We will never stop confronting it”.

Read our full story here.

300,000 flee flare-up of ethnic violence in north-eastern DR Congo

A newly-displaced woman in a displacement site in Bunia town, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (17 June 2019)

More than 300,000 people have been forced to flee resurgent inter-ethnic violence in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) just this month, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.

Citing multiple attacks and counter-attacks between Hema herders and Lendu farmers, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva that the situation had worsened in recent days.

Find our complete coverage here.

UN health agency steps up fight against ‘invisible pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance

Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection.

As resistance to antibiotics grows, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the latest stage of its campaign to fight this deadly health risk – likened by the agency to an “invisible pandemic”– with the launch of a new online tool for health professionals on Tuesday.

The AWaRe portal divides antibiotics into three groups – Access, Watch and Reserve – and explains which antibiotics should be used to treat the most common and serious infections (Access), which ones should be available at all times in the healthcare system (Watch), and those that must be used sparingly or preserved and used only as a last resort (Reserve).

Find more information here.

Peacekeeping Commanders gather at UN HQ for annual meeting

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Peace Operations, briefs the Security Council.

The UN Security Council held its annual meeting, gathering all Force Commanders from all UN peacekeeping operations. The UN peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, opened the event saluting their efforts.

“I want to recognize the work accomplished everyday by all the women and men serving under the United Nations flag, in very challenging situations, for the cause of peace,” he stated.

Mr. Lacroix also paid tribute to Major General Francis Vib-Sanziri, Head of Mission and Force Commander of the peacekeeping operation the Golan region, UNDOF, who passed away suddenly on 19 April.

UN tackles climate change one bite at a time

Prominent chefs from Thailand and Australia use ingredients that are usually discarded to dish up meals for people in Bangkok, to raise awareness on food waste.

If we all change the way we eat, we can make significant progress in the fight against climate change. This is the message from the UN on Sustainable Gastronomy Day, as it launches a new campaign to encourage healthy and sustainable food choices.

As part of its #ActNow initiative, a global call to individual action on climate change, professional and aspiring chefs are being challenged to share dishes that are not only delicious, but good for people and the planet, with an emphasis on reducing meat and promoting plant-based diets. Find out more about #ActNow, and the UN’s fight against the climate crisis, here.


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