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UN moves to tackle ‘hidden abuse’ and violence against Europe’s children

And despite the magnitude of this figure, “it is well established that incidents of interpersonal violence are widely underreported”, according to the World Health Organization’s European Region office. Accounting for underreporting, WHO estimates that of the 204 million children under the age of 18 across the region, 9.6 per cent experience sexual exploitation, 22.9 per cent physical abuse and 29.1 per cent emotional harm. Moreover, 700 are murdered every year. High cost of violence “The cost of violence against children adds up”, WHO maintained, highlighting that an estimated $581 billion…

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Political solution ‘long overdue’ to protect the children of eastern Ukraine

Eastern Ukraine has become one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth, despite recent developments aimed to protect the rights of girls and boys affected by more than five-year-long conflict. In late February 2014, a political crisis in Ukraine turned to violent confrontation as Russia annexed Crimea and a full-scale conflict between Government forces and separatists in the country’s east broke out. According to Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, it is “unconscionable” that children there continue to “go to schools with bullet holes and bomb…

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WHO working to save lives following powerful earthquake in Albania

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck coastal areas early on Tuesday, with a state of emergency declared for the city of Durres and the capital, Tirana. WHO Europe’s Regional Director a.i., Dr Piroska Östlin, commenting on yesterday’s earthquake in Albania: “On behalf of WHO, I would like to extend my condolences to Albania, especially to those who may have lost loved ones, been injured or lost property.” — WHO/Europe (@WHO_Europe) November 27, 2019 “We have been on the ground from the first moment of this disaster, working with health authorities to…

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Ghana: Young innovators push for reforms in visa processing

Young innovators in Ghana have called for reforms in visa processing at various foreign embassies in the country. Gathering under a program called “innovators and migration” the young people lamented the continuous struggle in securing visa for regular and legal travels to Europe. Many of these young people are students and some just starting their own businesses but often get opportunities to visit Europe to fulfill their aspirations. But many a time visa acquisition procedures mean that they are rejected visas to travel for fear of them not coming back…

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Guterres holds ‘focused and frank’ informal discussions over future of Cyprus

António Guterres released a statement after meeting Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Mr Mustafa Akıncı, in the German capital, Berlin.  “Both leaders welcomed my engagement and reaffirmed to me their commitment and determination to achieve a settlement based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, including OP4 of UN Security Council Resolution 716”. The UN Mission in Cyprus, UNFICYP, was established in 1964 to prevent conflict between the two communities, and in the…

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60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support

Between 2014 and 2018, around 60,000 of them arrived in Italy by sea, 90 per cent of whom were between the ages of 15 and 17, according to a new report issued by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The report, At the crossroad: Unaccompanied and separated children in the transition to adulthood in Italy, highlights the ‘triple transition’ young refugees and migrants face when they turn 18  – from adolescence to adulthood, from living in one country to another, and through the emotional pain and trauma experienced when leaving home and during dangerous journeys.   “Recognizing the complex nature of the…

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International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Valentin Inzko, the international community’s High Representative there, urged ambassadors not to forget about the country as it continues to work towards unity. “Bosnia and Herzegovina has proven to have serious problems related to its functionality, the rule of law and the fight against corruption, the freedom of media and in many other areas, which reflect the pervasiveness of separatism and divisive policies in the country, and the general lack of focus of the country’s political elite on issues of real importance to the citizens,” he reported. Despite general elections held…

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Migrants land journey to Mediterranean deadlier than on the sea

Traveling to Europe on the Mediterranean is considered deadly due to the many reports of deaths recorded on the sea. Thousands of young Africans have over the past decade drowned during boat disasters with many of them not lucky to be rescued. But it is not the journey on the sea itself that is deadlier, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The UN agency said while the Mediterranean Sea remains a deadly route for migrants attempting to reach Europe, the journey to reach the Mediterranean coast is deadlier.…

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Kosovo elections: ‘Most significant change’ in 12 years, Security Council hears

Zahir Tanin, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told Council members that preliminary results pointed to an opposition victory, with coalition talks underway. Most voters had decided to “rally behind unconventional political candidates”, signifying a break with the past.  SRSG Zahir Tanin, head of #UNMIK at #UNSC session on #Kosovo: Momentum from an election that heralded the most “significant change” in Kosovo’s politics in years could trigger renewed efforts for rule of law, job creation and the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue. pic.twitter.com/ER1y7q3N6F — UN Mission in Kosovo (@UNMIKosovo) October 31,…

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