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UN Updates: May 21, 2015

*Keywords: SG=Secretary-General, DSG=Deputy Secretary-General

WHO: Today Member States of WHO approved the organization’s proposed budget for 2016-2017 (at $4.384 billion – a $236 million increase over the previous biennium) and agreed on a new global malaria strategy for 2016-2030. The strategy aims to reduce the global disease by 40% by 2020 and by 90% by 2030 – in addition to eliminating it in 35 new countries by 2030.

World Education Forum: Today the “Incheon Declaration” was adopted at the World Education Forum, which aims to underpin the education targets in the SDGs and builds on the EFA movement.  The declaration will be implemented through the Education 2030 Framework for Action, a roadmap for governments to be adopted by the end of the year which will include guidance on legal and policy frameworks for education and urge governments to set spending targets and increase ODA.

Energy: In remarks to the GA’s Global Energy Ministerial Meeting yesterday during the SE4All Forum DSG Jan Eliasson said that the world is facing complex challenges regarding the future of sustainable energy, which necessitate comprehensive and immediate solutions.

Libya: Today ten WFP trucks carrying vital relief supplies crossed the border between Libya and Tunisia, resuming assistance to displaced people affected by the ongoing crisis in the country.

Youth Radicalization: In remarks at a meeting of the SC on the role of youth in countering violent extremism, Peter Neumann, the Director of the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, said that “if you don’t feel you’re part of your society, it becomes easier to leave – and it becomes easier to hate. It becomes easier to go against the very society whose passport you hold and whose language you speak.”  The SG’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, said that in the Arab regions young peoples’ lack of prospects for the future mean that becoming a fighter for ISIL is their best alternative.

Nepal: Today UNDP ASG Magdy Martínez-Solimán said that the Nepalese now face the challenge of the upcoming monsoon season, stating that for people in remote and inaccessible areas there is only one month left to get them enough food for the next three months, after which there is a high possibility that roads will becoming impassable.

Tanzania: In a press release issued today, UNICEF announced that it has rushed relief supplies to Tanzania’s north-western border with Burundi in response to a devastating cholera outbreak that has killed 27 Burundian refugees gathered on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Yemen: Yesterday the SG announced the launch of inclusive consultations on May 28 that will gather Yemeni governmental and other actors and urged all participants to engage in the consultations without preconceptions and in good faith. 

UNRWA: The Government of Saudi Arabia has signed seven agreements for a total of $ 111.5 million in assistance for Palestine refugees through UNRWA.

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