General Assembly, education, sanctions against Venezuela… Monday’s news

UN urges Taliban to lift restrictions on girls’ education

The United Nations has called on the Taliban to lift restrictions on girls and young women attending school in Afghanistan at the opening of a summit on transforming education.

“From this platform, I call on the authorities in Afghanistan: immediately lift all restrictions on girls’ access to secondary education,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his opening speech at the summit.

The situation in that country drew much of the attention of the session, which also featured Somaya Faruqi, an activist and former captain of the Afghan national robotics team.

“While our cousins ​​and brothers sit in class, I and millions of Afghan girls had to put our dreams on hold. Today, secondary schools are still closed. Without education, my cousins, my friends and millions of Afghan girls fear an uncertain future and feel abandoned,” she said.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai who in 2012, aged 17, survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in Pakistan, for defending the right to education, described the situation as an “emergency” not only because of what is happening in Afghanistan, but also because millions of girls are deprived of the opportunity to go to school in other countries due to natural disasters, conflicts or the consequences of the pandemic.

Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Gorman promote the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN also drew attention today to the slowing of progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Actress Priyanka Chopra, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, recorded&oacutae; that “time is running out and we are halfway to the date set for achieving these goals: 2030.”

“In this room are the representatives of the countries that signed the Goals in 2015. Leaders who can make this plan a reality, together with all of us,” he said.

Guterres said we were facing a “definitive moment” and expressed hope that “we can save the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The rapporteur requests that the United States authorize the export of spare parts for microscopes to Venezuela


Microscopic image of a skin lesion caused by the monkeypox virus

A UN rapporteur wants the United States to allow the supply of spare parts for electron microscopes to Venezuela, confirming that the sanctions that are now blocking them are violating the Venezuelan people’s rights to health and life.

Of the 14 electron microscopes in Venezuela manufactured by a unit of the US company Thermo Fisher Scientific, only three are still operational, and the company has been unable to obtain permission from the US to export the necessary parts.

Alena Dukhan, Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures, called on the US authorities to remove the sanctions, which are legally questionable under international law, or to quickly grant the relevant export licenses.

“Electron microscopes are the only way to detect many diseases, so they are essential for proper treatment,” Doohan said. “The U.S. government has an obligation under international human rights law not to impair the ability of Venezuelan doctors to properly diagnose illness. Without accurate diagnosis and treatment, people can die.”

Almost one in five women will experience a mental disorder during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth

Pregnant woman.

Fund for the Population of Moldova/Adriana Bizgu Editing

Pregnant woman.

Almost one in five women will suffer from a mental disorder during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth, according to figures from the World Health Organization, which has just published new guidance on integrating mental health into maternal and child health services.

Among women with perinatal mental health problems, 20% will have suicidal thoughts or self-harm.

WHO believes that neglecting mental health not only poses a risk to women’s general health and well-being, but also affects the physical and emotional development of babies.

The guide provides information to help medical teams identify symptoms and respond in ways that are appropriate to the local and cultural context.

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