Site Meter UN Dispatch | Page 1055 of 1318 | United Nations News & Commentary Global News - ForumUN Dispatch | United Nations News & Commentary Global News – Forum | Page 1055
Increase Font Size Decrease Font Size

All Posts

Disturbing News

From the Associated Press:

The United Nations health agency said Wednesday that it was monitoring vaccine supplies for yellow fever as it confirmed the first cases of the disease in a Latin American urban area in six decades. The World Health Organization said that there had been nine confirmed cases in the suburbs of Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion, and that three people had died.

Dr. William Perea, the W.H.O.’s yellow fever chief, said the disease, carried by mosquitoes, could spread quickly in built-up areas with poor sanitation.

To the extent that a disease can be completely eradicated from the globe, I was under the impression that yellow fever was basically gone. In fact, according to the World Health Organization not only is it still around, but yellow fever’s mosquito carrier is “once again infesting regions from which it was previously eradicated,” particularly in South America and the Caribbean. Scary.

| Leave a comment

UN agencies rally to end to female genital mutilation within a generation

From the UN News Center

Ten United Nations agencies have banded together to help eliminate the harmful practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, stressing the need for strong leadership and greater resources to protect the health and lives of millions of women and girls.

An estimated 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the procedure — which involves the partial or total removal of external female genital organs — that some 140 million women, mostly in Asia, the Middle East and in Africa, have already endured.

Read more. Plus, see the full inter-agency statement (pdf) on eliminating female genital mutilation.

1 Comment

Thursday Morning Coffee

Conservative lion and founder of the National Review, William F. Buckley, Jr., died yesterday at age 82. If you want to avoid mispronouncing a leader’s name on national TV, you might want to watch this a few times.

Top Stories

>>Northern Iraq – A day after stating there would be no timetables for their withdrawal from northern Iraq, a senior Turkish official said today that Turkey would withdrawl within “three or four days,” just hours after U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates reiterated his desire that Turkey keep it short in a meeting with Turkish Minister of Defense Vecdi Gonul in Ankara.

>>Uganda – The government’s rejection of a key rebel demand, that it work to get ICC war crimes charges against three Lord’s Resistance Army leaders dropped, is threatening once promising peace negotiations. Government officials suggest it is premature to work toward that end until the LRA had demobilised.

>>Thailand – Deposed PM, and owner of the Manchester City Premier League Club, Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Thailand today and immediately surrendered to immigration police to face corruption charges. Thaksin ally, Samak Sundarevej, is the current Prime Minister.

Yesterday in UN Dispatch
  • UN Works
    in Chad
    by Mark Leon Goldberg
  • href="http://www.undispatch.com/archives/2008/02/quick_plugs_kos.php">Quick
    Plugs: Kosovo Blogging – by Mark Leon Goldberg

The Rest of the Story
Africa

Americas

Asia

Europe

Middle East

Elsewhere

1 Comment

UN Works in Chad

Next time a detractor calls the UN slow and ineffective, he or she should take a good look at how various UN agencies have sprang to action in Chad. From the UN News Center.

More than 5,500 Chadians who fled fighting in their capital, N’Djamena, earlier this month and have been living in temporary sites in north-eastern Cameroon have now been relocated to a newly equipped camp in the village of Maltam, according to United Nations humanitarian officials.

Another 10,000 refugees are expected to be transferred to the camp from the town of Kousseri, which at one point was hosting some 30,000 Chadians — who left their homeland due to fighting between Government forces and armed opposition groups — in two temporary sites, as well as in local schools, churches and private homes.

Read the entire article. It is a remarkable display of how a bureaucracy can be marshaled to deliver critical services to a vulnerable population in one of the most remote regions on earth. Not only has UNHCR taken on the burden of relocating many thousands of distressed Chadians, but the World Food program is airlifting food so noone suffers malnutrition and and UNICEF is vaccinating the newly displaced with measles and polio vaccinations. This, I would say, is a good example of UN efficacy.

| Leave a comment

Quick Plugs: Kosovo Blogging

Biodun Iginla at Fire Dog Lake offers a very reader friendly time-line of the historical events leading up to last week’s torching of the US embassy in Belgrade. He also lists the countries that have not, so far, recognized Kosovo’s independence (and finds a pattern).

It’s great to see such an informed and detailed post about a the historical foundations of a leading foreign policy dilemma find itself on a popular mainstream blog like Fire Dog Lake. Meanwhile, for more frequent updates I recommend readers check out Laura Rozen, who cut her teeth as a reporter in the Balkans in the 1990s and covers the issue extensively on her blog, War and Piece.

1 Comment

Wednesday Morning Coffee

Obama (who received Dodd’s endorsement yesterday) and Clinton had a contentious debate last night in Ohio, sparring mainly on healthcare and trade. There is no longer any debate, however, about the source of “Parmesan.”

Top Stories

>Tuberculosis – The World Health Organization reports that five percent of all TB cases (nearly 20 percent in some areas of the former Soviet Union and 22 percent in Baku) are resistant to two or more drugs (MDR-TB). Moreover, Tuberculosis that is resistant to nearly all the most-effective drugs (XDR-TB) is now present in 45 countries. MDR-TB is exponentially more expensive to treat than regular TB, as is XDR-TB than MDR-TB. TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease after AIDS, killing 1.6 million people a year.

>>Kenya – Kofi Annan suspended negotiations in Kenya on Tuesday. Annan did so to “speed up the action,” as he will now bring proposals straight to President Kibaki and opposition leader Odinga instead of their representatives in negotiations. Odinga has called off nationwide opposition protests planned for Thursday.

>>Northern Iraq – Turkey has said that it will provide no timetable for withdrawing its troops from northern Iraq, despite demands from Iraq that it withdraw and from U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates that they keep it short. According to Turkey, 77 militants were killed overnight (bringing the total to 230), as were 24 Turkish soldiers.

>>Cambodia – Kaing Geuk “Duch” Eav, the Khmer Rouge’s former chief interregator who is being charged for crimes against humanity, was taken to a mass grave at Choeung Ek (the “killing fields”) and the infamous S-21 prison this week as part of an effort to gather evidence for a UN-backed war crimes trial in Cambodia that is trying four other senior Khmer Rouge officials. Duch reportedly wept at both locations.

Yesterday in UN Dispatch
  • UN’s
    Commission on the Status of Women kicks off
    by
    Jessica Valenti
  • href="http://www.undispatch.com/archives/2008/02/increase_aid_to.php">Increase
    Aid to Africa – by John Boonstra
  • href="http://www.undispatch.com/archives/2008/02/el_baradei_face.php">El
    Baradei faces Another Tired Charge of Anti-Americanism. Enough Already.
    - by Mark Leon Goldberg
  • href="http://www.undispatch.com/archives/2008/02/lra_no_more_cea.php">LRA
    No More? Ceasefire in Northern Uganda – by Mark
    Leon Goldberg

The Rest of the Story
Africa

Americas

Asia

Europe

Middle East

Elsewhere

1 Comment

Diplo Tweets