5 Feb 2015
News in brief from the United Nations.
1. Political leaders in Yemen urged to overcome impasse
Political leaders in Yemen have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to overcome the current political impasse so that the peaceful democratic transition launched in 2011 can be fulfilled.
The country has been plunged into a crisis following the recent resignations of the President, Prime Minister and Cabinet in a standoff with Houthi rebels who control the capital.
In a letter read by his Special Adviser on Yemen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said political leaders in the country have a tremendous burden and responsibility to steer Yemen through this challenging period.
2. UN human rights official wraps visit to South Sudan
The Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, wrapped up a visit to South Sudan on Thursday.
The country is plagued by a conflict that broke out in December 2013 between government and opposition forces.
Mr Simonovic said he has been encouraged by his meetings with President Salva Kiir in Juba, and with former Vice President Riek Machar earlier in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He said both leaders told him that they would push for peace and justice.
3. Call made for rethinking education as means to combat conflicts and atrocities
A call has been made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for better leadership and a fundamental rethinking of education as a means of combating the causes of conflicts and atrocities.
Speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the world needs leadership that is driven by a concern for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people.