Delegate Concerned about Continual Increase of Programme Budget Implications, Revised Estimates, as Fifth Committee Reviews 2020 Contingency Fund

Speakers Also Discuss Financing for Hybrid Operation in DarfurAt today's Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) meeting, Japan's delegate expressed her concerns with a Secretariat request to approve $64.5 million in new charges against the contingency fund set aside for the Organization's upcoming 2020 regular budget.Member States are being asked to make a difficult decision, she said. Japan is concerned that, since the 2012 2013 biennium, the total amount of programme…

Students and parents in Yambio unite for peace as they mark Human Rights Day

They clapped, they danced, and they sang.Hundreds celebrated Human Rights Day with the theme United for Peace, at a day-long festival where students and their parents danced and sang side by side.You have come out as students to give us messages about peace, and about human rights, said Antonina Okuta, a Human Rights Officer from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). We need to put what we say…

U.S. Hits ‘Gross’ Human Rights Violators In Russia, Pakistan With Sanctions

The United States has sanctioned an official in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya, a Pakistani police officer, and 18 other individuals accused of involvement in "gross violations" of human rights.The United States "will not tolerate torture, kidnapping, sexual violence, murder, or brutality against innocent civilians," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on December 10, which marks International Human Rights Day.The Treasury Department said that Aslan Iraskhanov --…

UN chief urges emergency fund support as one of the ‘most effective investments’ in humanitarian action

The UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is one of the most effective investments you can make in humanitarian action, Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres told a high-level pledging event at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday."It is the only global emergency fund that is fast, predictable and flexible enough to reach tens of millions of people each year, according to the UN chief, who maintained that the fund supports a…

Minister honours holders of master’s degree

Manama: A ceremony was held in honour of 31 female employees, holders of the master's degrees, marking the annual Bahraini Women's Day, being held this year, under the theme Higher Education and Future Sciences. Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf honoured the employees, in the presence of Supreme Council for Women (SCW) Information and Strategies Centre director Rana Ahmed Khalifa, Undersecretary for Works Affairs Ahmed…

Graduation of the fourth batch of Brinc MENA IoT Accelerator Program

Manama: The Ministry of Industry, commerce and Tourism represented by the SME Development Department participated in the graduation ceremony of the fourth batch of Brinc MENA IoT Accelerator Program. In the presence of Director of SMEs Development at the Ministry, Ms. Shaikha Abdullah Mohammed Al Fadhel and the Chief Development Officer of Brinc and the General Manager of Brinc MENA, Mr. Yassin Abudaoud, Brinc's Demo Day returned for the fourth…

UNMISS engineers work together with their trainees to rebuild a community school in Malakal

Six months after its conclusion, a training provided by some of the UN peacekeeping mission's engineering troops in Malakal is already paying substantial dividends. Their keen local apprentices have now assisted them in renovating the Bandar school, one of just eleven schools in this fairly big city in the Upper Nile region.Working with thirty younglings, the project initially focused on providing the novices with basic carpentry and bricklaying skills. The…