Syria; Sudan; North Korea; Libya; and more

U.N. humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos said today that she was "deeply disappointed" that Syria has refused to allow her to the visit the country, where she had hoped to assess the need for emergency relief in besieged towns.Amos said in a statement that the refusal came "despite my repeated requests to meet Syrian officials at the highest level to discuss the humanitarian situation and the need for unhindered access to the people affected by the violence.”

UN Humanitarian Chief Blocked From Entering Syria

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is responsible for managing the international community's responses to crises, including natural and man-made disasters. Their job is basically impossible if they are denied visas to enter a country in crisis.

Syria; UNICEF report; Cookstoves in Afghanistan; Sustainability “Hack-a-thon”; and more

The United Nations human rights chief said today that she is “appalled” at the recent escalation of violence in Syria and called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to end the fighting and assist civilians.  She called upon the Syrian authorities to cooperate fully with international mechanisms, including Mr. Kofi Annan who was recently appointed as Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States.

Human Rights Council; Afghanistan; Youth employment; CSW; and more

Addressing the opening of the latest session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the public demand for the enjoyment of human rights has been most striking in the Arab region, where tens of thousands of women, men and young people have taken to the streets to voice their claims.

Although constrained by resources, the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) has responded to the calls of those claiming the full enjoyment of their human rights through fact-finding missions and needs assessments, human rights advocacy, good offices activities and technical projects.