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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# United Nations

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
UN refugee agency says it is 'completely unpalatable' that asylum seekers are homeless in Ireland
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The head of Ireland’s UNHCR office says the State can learn to accommodate current levels of asylum seekers.
Last month
January 2023
# Defence Forces
Trooper Shane Kearney no longer in critical condition after Lebanon attack
Trooper Kearney suffered a head injury in the shooting that killed fellow soldier Private Sean Rooney on 14 December.
Last year
2022
# Peacekeeping
No immediate plans for Taoiseach to visit Lebanon following deadly attack on Irish peacekeepers
Leo Varadkar said that he hoped to fit in a visit “sometime next year”.
# Lebanon
Suspect arrested in relation to killing of Irish peacekeeper Sean Rooney
Private Sean Rooney, 23, was killed and three others injured when their vehicle was attacked
# South of the Litani
South Lebanon: Proxy conflicts and economic collapse make Irish patrol area 'powder keg'
Our reporter, Niall O’Connor, who recently visited south Lebanon takes a look at life below the Litani River.
# United Nations
Russian invasion of Ukraine and veto undermines UN Security Council, Coveney says
Coveney believes Ireland has had a “sustained and positive impact” during its two-year term on the council.
THE MORNING LEAD
Irish NGO fighting cholera in Haiti amid 'power vacuum' and civil unrest
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Goal is the primary international non-governmental organisation in Port-au-Prince and in surrounding communities.
# ireland's triple-lock
Motion on Ireland remaining a militarily neutral state won't be opposed by Government
Taoiseach says scrapping the triple-lock is not in the Programme for Government.
# Human Rights
UN human rights council eyes investigation of Iran's crackdown on protests
Over 360 people, including 47 children, have been killed in the crackdown according to human rights groups
# one in eight billion
World population set to reach eight billion today
The UN attributes the growth to human development, with people living longer thanks to improvements in public health and medicine.
# Takeover
Twitter starts rolling out paid subscriptions as UN calls for human rights to be respected
Musk’s takeover of Twitter has caused controversy in recent days.
# Ukraine
G7 discuss winter aid package for Ukraine as grain shipments resume
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the G7 will help Ukraine with items including generators and heaters to survive the winter.
# Climate Change
Temperatures in Europe have increased by more than twice global average, report finds
The World Meteorological Organisation report said Europe is the fastest warming continent.
# Moscow
Moscow's delegates miss UN review of human rights in Russia
The meeting had already been postponed twice from its planned date in March
# Patricia O'Brien
Irish diplomat: Global supply and 'skyrocketing' fertiliser costs a key driver of world hunger
Ambassador Patricia O’Brien has been based in the Italian capital since December, 2021.
# United Nations
US asks UN Human Rights Council to debate rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region
A UN report on Xinjiang published last month cited possible crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims in the region.
# New York
Ireland would have to assess whether to take in fleeing Russians, says Taoiseach
Germany has indicated its willingness to accept Russian deserters.
# United Nations
Ireland 'deeply frustrated' at Security Council’s failure to act on Russia, Palestine and climate change
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney addressed the UN Security Council in New York earlier today.
# United Nations
Zelenskyy urges 'just punishment' against Russia in address to United Nations
World leaders are gathered in New York for the 77th UN General Assembly.
# UN General Assembly
Taoiseach's flight from Dublin to New York forced to return to Ireland due to a bird strike
The Taoiseach was able to catch a later flight to New York following the incident.
# New York
Key week for Ireland's term on UN Security Council during Ukraine-dominated General Assembly
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will also arrive in New York later today.
# Humanitarian
Coveney approves €2 million funding to UN for Palestinian refugees
It brings Ireland’s total contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency in 2022 to €8 million.
# Taliban
Exclusion of Afghan girls from high schools ‘shameful’, says UN
Teenage girls are still barred from school and women are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, with only their eyes showing.
# london-NYC
Taoiseach to travel to NY for UN events, but will timetable allow for Biden meeting this week?
The Taoiseach will deliver Ireland’s National Statement in the UN on Thursday.
# Ukraine
Chance for peace in Ukraine is 'minimal' at present, UN chief says after call with Putin
“I have the feeling we are still far away from peace,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
# Paris Agreement
Humanity 'heading into uncharted territory of destruction' due to climate change, says UN
The warning came as a multi-agency report sets out the scale of the crisis.
# Afghanistan
UN accuses Taliban of harassing female staff in Afghanistan
The United Nations claimed three women were detained for questioning today.
# modern slavery
UN warns 50 million people are stuck in 'modern slavery'
The UN set a goal to eradicate all forms of modern slavery by 2030, but instead the number ballooned by 10 million between 2016 and 2021.
# Irish Aid
'Race against time' to avert a catastrophic climate change-induced famine in Kenya
An Irish diplomatic team has visited the Horn of Africa as the State is due to announce further funding to avert a famine.
# UNIFIL
Investigation as civilian motorcyclist killed in Lebanon collision with Irish military vehicle
The incident happened in south Lebanon where the troops are based.
# Zaporizhzhia
UN nuclear agency team arrive at Russia-held power plant in Ukraine
It comes after Ukraine accused Russia of shelling in the area that forced the closure of one of the facility’s six reactors.
# Report
China denounces UN report citing possible crimes against humanity in Xinjiang
Some countries, including the United States, have accused Beijing of committing genocide in Xinjiang.
# United Nations
Fresh shelling at Ukraine power plant as operator warns of radiation risk
The Zaporizhzhia facility was seized by Russian troops in the opening weeks of the February invasion and has remained on the front line ever since.
# marine biodiversity
UN session on high seas biodiversity ends without agreement
After 15 years, negotiators have yet to reach a legally binding text to address the multitude of issues facing international waters.
# Lviv
Zelenskyy rules out any 'peace' with Russia unless troops withdraw
Zelenskyy met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Erdogan today.
# United Nations
Irish diplomats work to broker nuclear weapons deal in high-level New York talks
Irish diplomats are involved in the month-long talks on the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
# World Food Programme
First UN-chartered ship set to transport Ukrainian grain to dock today
The MV Brave Commander, which left Istanbul on Wednesday, is due to arrive in Yuzhne, east of Odessa on the Black Sea coast.
# Yemen
UN says Yemen’s warring sides agree to renew existing truce for two months
The already four-month-old ceasefire has been the longest nationwide ease in fighting since the country’s war began six years ago.
# United Nations
2 shot dead by UN peacekeepers at border of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo
Peacekeepers appeared to open fire before opening a border gate, driving on and continuing to shoot while people scattered or hid.
# Redress
Independent office to lead excavation of Tuam Mother and Baby Home site
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman proposed the office be set up following the signing into law of the Institutional Burials Act.