United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Saturday that the Organization stands ready to provide a support to the Philippines who are facing a strong disaster caused by the Tropical Storm Tembin.
Secretary-General Guterres] salutes the efforts of the national rescue and recovery teams as well as volunteers who are operating under difficult conditions,” said a statement attributable to Mr. Guterres' spokesperson.
“The UN stands ready to support the local and national authorities, in addition to the support already being provided by humanitarian partners,” the statement added.
Tropical Storm Tembin – known locally as “Vinta” – made landfall in Davao Oriental in southern Philippines on 22 December and crossed various provinces across Mindanao causing flash floods and landslides, which rendered several roads impassable.
It is announced that at least 75 people were killed and dozens more are reported missing. The Storm also displaced thousands of people, and damaged homes and infrastructure.
According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA), 151 evacuation centres have been set up but the number of displaced persons could rise as information from the field comes in.
In the statement, the UN chief also offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
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The report of a UN committee confirmed on Thursday the responsibility of President Bashar al-Assad's regime for a deadly attack by sarin gas on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikun in last April .
"The Commission is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for launching the Sarin gas on Khan Sheikhan on April 4, 2017," said the joint report of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
"The Sarin gas was fired by a bomb dropped by an aircraft," it said.
The Committee pointed out on the other hand that the elements of the "Daash" used the mustard gas in an attack on the area of Umm Hawash in northern Aleppo in September 2016.
The attack on sarin gas on the town of Khan Sheikun in Idlib province, which was controlled by fighters of the opposition factions and jihadists, killed 83 people, according to the United Nations, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights killed at least 87 people, including thirty children.
In response to Khan Shikhun's attack, two US ships in the Mediterranean Sea on the sixth night of April 7 fired Tomahawk cruise missiles at the air cap base in central Syria.
From this base, according to Washington, the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhan was launched.
United Nations experts have recently gone to Al Qaeda to prepare their report.
The United States, France and Britain accuse Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of responsibility for the attack on Khan Sheikhan, but Damascus denies any involvement.
Russia insists the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikun was probably caused by a ground bomb and that it was not carried out by a Syrian air attack, as the West claims.
Earlier, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the use of sarin in the April attack, but did not have the authority to determine who was responsible for the attack.
The new report came two days after Russia vetoed the UN Security Council on Tuesday to extend a one-year mandate to investigate the body behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Hailey welcomed the findings of the new report and said the UN Security Council should send a "clear message" that the use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated.
"Ignoring the huge number of evidence in this case shows a deliberate disregard of widely agreed international standards," Hayley said in a statement.
"The Security Council must send a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated ... and must fully support the work of impartial investigators."
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the new report had reached a "clear conclusion", calling for "the international community to unite in order to hold the Assad regime accountable."
"I call on Russia to stop covering up its abhorrent ally and to keep its commitment to ensure that chemical weapons are never used again.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed its reservation to the UN report around the human right of children in Yemen because of the inaccuracy of the information that the report contained ,in which was based on misleading sources.
The Secretary-General of the Organization, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, said that the organization hoped that the report would faithfully convey the main reasons behind the intervention of the Arab coalition forces in Yemen after the Salih and Houthi militias took over the legitimate authority in Yemen and threatened the peace and security of the region.
And talking about using the children as human shields, in flagrant violation of international and humanitarian law,is inaccurate at all and is incompatible with the reality of the situation in Yemen.
From other side Al-Othainmeen praised the efforts exerted by the Arab coalition countries under the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who struggle hardly to ensure the safety of Yemeni civilians, including children. It is working to restore legitimacy and fight terrorism in Yemen and is one of the most important countries providing humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people. High Level Conference on Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen held on the sidelines of the current session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He added that the coalition countries are making a determined effort to support the peace process led by the UN envoy in order to reach a political settlement according to the Gulf initiative and the outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council resolution 2216.
He stressed the need to adhere to the objective methodology in the preparation of such reports to maintain the credibility of the United Nations.
Yemen's minister of human rights Dr. Mohammed Askar post with a demand to the Geneva-based human rights council to implement its decision pledging to provide technological support for the Yemeni national committee for investigation.
In a symposium organized by the Arab British Center for Strategic Studies and Development in Geneva titled "Yemen at crossroads: present and future challenges, Askar reviewed the violations committed by the Houthi militias and pro-Saleh troops against the unarmed and innocent Yemeni people.
He said the militias have 480 detention centers, including underground jails and custody centers, noting the deterioration of health of the arrestees and their families since the spread of cholera in Yemen.
By: Abeer Almadawy
Secretary general of the United Nations Antonio Guterres who is currently on a visit to Kuwait discussed number of issues that are effective on the region.
Guterres discussed the file of Syria crisis, the Palestinian issue and the crisis in gulf with terrorism.
The UN secretary was received by Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at Al-Saif palace , and appreciated the role being played by the Emir of Kuwait in the field of humanitarian work as well as his role in the current crisis among the GCC countries.