Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

Report of the Secretary-General on South Sudan

Today the head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations will breif the UN Security Council in South Sudan. Check out the Secretary-General’s latest report.

Ambassador Samantha Power's Remarks at a UN Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine
"This is about accountability. It’s about ending impunity. And it’s about a fight that has gone on for centuries, as long as human beings have been able to think and write and speak and act on their own. The struggle for rights and dignity couldn’t be more relevant to what we are seeing transpire across the globe. The places where we face some of the greatest national security challenges today are also places where governments deny basic human rights to their nations’ people, and that is no coincidence."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks at the release of the State Department’s 2013 Human Rights Report
Secretary Kerry will release the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices today at approximately 11:30 a.m. EST. Watch a live broadcast of this event here http://video.state.gov/live/

Secretary Kerry will release the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices today at approximately 11:30 a.m. EST. Watch a live broadcast of this event here http://video.state.gov/live/

"Disapproval of homosexuality by some can never justify violating the fundamental human rights of others. This law will institutionalise discrimination and is likely to encourage harassment and violence against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. It is formulated so broadly that it may lead to abuse of power and accusations against anyone, not just LGBT people."
- UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay [more]
"After three years of slaughter and savagery, people rightfully will question whether progress is possible, but this resolution holds the promise of something real. The proof is on paper. By naming the areas in Syria where sieges must be lifted, demanding that hospitals, schools and other places where civilians gather must be demilitarized, insisting that aid must be allowed to cross borders and follow the most direct routes to the suffering, and by underscoring that attacks against civilians, including barrel bombing, must end, the international community hasn’t minced words. This is a resolution of concrete steps to answer the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on the UN Resolution on Syria (Feb 22)
"There is only one measure of success of a comprehensive agreement with Iran, and that is if an agreement means that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon and that the international community will have assurance in the exclusively peaceful nature of a nuclear program in Iran. That is our objective. We have begun very tough negotiations that will go on through July. We hope to get to a successful end and to a comprehensive agreement at that time. We have set a framework and a timetable for the negotiations."
- Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman’s remarks on Iran (Feb 22)
"This could be a hinge-point in the tortured three years of a Syria crisis bereft of hope. This overdue resolution, if fully implemented, will ensure humanitarian aid reaches people in Syria whose very lives depend on it. This is all about saving innocent lives and relieving the burden on Syria’s neighboring countries."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on UN Security Council Resolution on Syria (Feb 22)

Today, UN Security Council hosts an open debate on rule of law. This video explores relationship between rule of law and sustainable peace. 

On February 17, 2014, the United Nations will release an unprecedented report on Human Rights in North Korea based on a year long investigation that involved interviews with over 80 witnesses, victims and prison camp survivors. 

The press conference to release the report will be webcast live athttp://webtv.un.org/ , and the report itself, its annexes, and the detailed findings on which it is based, will be posted on www.ohchr.org at 14:00 on 17 February. 

The Commission of Inquiry was established in March 2013, by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to “investigate the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea… with a view to ensuring full accountability, in particular where these violations may amount to crimes against humanity.” Among the violations investigated are those linked to the right to food, and to prison camps, torture and inhuman treatment, arbitrary detention, discrimination, freedom of expression, the right to life, freedom of movement, and enforced disappearances, including abductions of nationals of other States. 

As part of its investigations, the Commission conducted public hearings with more than 80 victims and other witnesses in Seoul, Tokyo, London and Washington D.C. Excerpts of witness testimony and illustrative individual cases will feature in a 372-page document, which will be published alongside the report itself.

The Commission is scheduled to formally present its findings to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 17 March. 

Additional information can be found on the COI homepage:http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/…

Music: Cylinder Five by Chris Zabriskie: http://chriszabriskie.com

White House Blog: Making the World Safer from Pandemic Threats: A New Agenda for Global Health Security

Lisa Monaco (Feb 13): ”Today, I joined Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and representatives of more than 25 nations, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to launch the Global Health Security Agenda, an international effort to enhance our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease threats. This is not just a health challenge – it is a security challenge as well. Infectious diseases have the potential to cause enormous damage in terms of lives lost, economic impact, and ability to recover, just as with nuclear, chemical, or cybersecurity attacks. In today’s interconnected world, they emerge and spread faster than ever before.” Full Text»

The Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency gave us a great tour of their facilities yesterday! Here, Dr. Magoke Godfrey shows UNVIE Ambassador Macmanus some of the equipment provided through IAEA Technical Cooperation, which enables the lab to diagnose a variety of animal diseases across Tanzania.

The Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency gave us a great tour of their facilities yesterday! Here, Dr. Magoke Godfrey shows UNVIE Ambassador Macmanus some of the equipment provided through IAEA Technical Cooperation, which enables the lab to diagnose a variety of animal diseases across Tanzania.

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