Thursday, 20 September, 2018

'Clear evidence of humanitarian need' in North Korea - U.N. aid chief

UN official says North Korea children are stunted due to malnutrition 'Clear evidence of need' in N. Korea: UN aid chief
Jeannette Daniel | 14 July, 2018, 12:42

Speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said funding was the greatest obstacle his organization faces in assisting North Korea.

Mark Lowcock, UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told a press briefing that he held talks with DPRK officials and reviewed the impact of worldwide humanitarian assistance as well as challenges facing the country.

He met Kim Yong Nam, the nominal head of state and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, on Wednesday, the North's state media said.

Lowcock posted a video online outlining his observations after traveling to several areas in the southwest of the country.

"The most recent data the UNICEF - the UN's children's agency - collected is [suggesting] that the stunting rate [among children] has fallen to 20 percent [from nearly 30]", said Lowcock.

More news: Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam arrested in Lahore

Mr. Lowcock also said that about half of all children in rural areas of the country are not drinking safe water. One hospital he visited this week had only enough drugs for 40 of its 140 tuberculosis patients, creating dilemmas for doctors who have to figure out what to do, he said.

Mortality rates for under-fives are 20 percent higher in the countryside than in towns, it said, adding a shortage of funding had forced it to stop nutrition support to kindergartens since November 2017.

The North has a fragile economy and has long struggled to feed its people, and is under multiple layers of UN Security Council sanctions over a series of nuclear and missile tests staged in violation of UN resolutions.

The North's Korean Central News Agency reported that Lowcock also met with its minister of public health, Jang Jun-sang, and that the United Nations aid chief visited a children's foodstuff factory in Pyongyang.

Lowcock was also due to meet humanitarian agency representatives and people receiving assistance to get a better understanding of the humanitarian situation, the United Nations said.

Recommended

Joaquin Phoenix terrified of starring in Joker origin film Joaquin Phoenix terrified of starring in Joker origin film I think most fans are happy with Phoenix's casting, or at least intrigued enough by it to stay optimistic. Phoenix then replied, "I wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre".

Kim Jong Un Praises Trump, but Omits Denuclearization Kim Jong Un Praises Trump, but Omits Denuclearization The meeting served as the highest-level platform for ongoing, unprecedented peace talks between the Cold War-era foes. Trump and said the Singapore summit was "indeed the start of a meaningful journey ".

Irish Senate approves bill boycotting Israeli settlement goods, Foreign Ministry applauds decision Irish Senate approves bill boycotting Israeli settlement goods, Foreign Ministry applauds decision The Bill, which was opposed by the Irish Government, will now go to the lower chamber of the Irish Parliament to be debated. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday that it risked "fanning flames" in the Middle East.

Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy dies at 101 Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy dies at 101 That latter accomplishment led Sinatra to leave him after an affair with actress Ava Gardner became public knowledge. Breaking the news on Twitter, Nancy Jr., wrote: 'My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101.

Build-A-Bear closes lines across US; Empire Mall store still going Build-A-Bear closes lines across US; Empire Mall store still going The company said earlier this week that for one-day only the age of a guest will determine how much their furry friend will cost. Build-A-Bear Workshop, which has four Phoenix-area locations, called off the promotion in North America before 9 a.m.

Europe 'better watch themselves' on immigration Europe 'better watch themselves' on immigration Earlier this year, Trump was reported to have derided protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. Trump's comments that immigration is "changing the culture" in US & Europe were ignorant, dangerous, and most of all racist".

Pilot Smoking Mid-Air Forces Air China Flight's Emergency Descent Pilot Smoking Mid-Air Forces Air China Flight's Emergency Descent Flight 106 was headed from Hong Kong to Dalian, China, Tuesday night when it lost the altitude over a span of just 10 minutes. A co-pilot attempted to vape in the cockpit shortly before the incident, Chinese authorities confirmed.

Barcelona make Kante bid Barcelona make Kante bid Chelsea, who are unwilling to lose Kante at any cost, are unlikely to entertain such an offer, especially given that Gomes is involved.

Stormy Daniels arrested in OH during strip club show Stormy Daniels arrested in OH  during strip club show Stormy Daniels is pictured during an interview with Anderson Cooper about her alleged affair with Donald Trump . Prosecutors say the "touching" statute only applies to strippers who "regularly appear" at the establishment.

'Unprecedented Level of Animus!' Strzok Gets His Smackdown for Anti-Trump Bias 'Unprecedented Level of Animus!' Strzok Gets His Smackdown for Anti-Trump Bias Strzok was removed from the special counsel probe after the text messages were discovered past year , while Page had already left. This is nothing but a ruse to try to get to the Mueller investigation and make people think it's baseless, that it's biased.

Greyhound pull-out a shock, but not a surprise Greyhound pull-out a shock, but not a surprise Greyhound Bus has announced it is ending service in B.C., citing substantial losses from a decline in ridership. Those cancellations went into effect June 1. "We're trying to keep it affordable and us in business", he said.

The Crowds at London’s Anti-Trump Protests Were Enormous The Crowds at London’s Anti-Trump Protests Were Enormous May, likewise, glossed over the comments in the Sun , saying her deal provided a platform for an ambitious free trade deal. He said Mr Trump's remarks on trade were a "perfectly reasonable thing for an American president to say".

Anderson wins to reach SW19 final Anderson wins to reach SW19 final The 33-year-old American´s composure wasn´t helped by a delay caused by a ball boy slipping and falling. Even Anderson said he could feel during his match that the crowd would rather be watching the next one.

Ten months after baby, Serena Williams in Wimbledon 2018 final against Kerber Ten months after baby, Serena Williams in Wimbledon 2018 final against Kerber She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it past year while pregnant. I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest. "It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this".

Let's Go, Pikachu / Let's Go, Eevee Version-Exclusive Pokemon Revealed It remains to be seen if the location of each Pokemon will also be changed or will they remain the same for this game. The trailer also offered a first look at a few of Kanto's gym trainers, including anime favorites Brock and Misty.