Migrants and aid agencies would benefit from using information and communications technologies to communicate with and track migrants, say ICT experts. The concept has been tested by the United Nations refugee agency to inform and track refugees.
International donors need to supply at least $500 million in aid to halt South Sudan's descent into famine, says Toby Lanzer, United Nations deputy special representative in South Sudan. "It is simply no exaggeration to say that we are currently facing one of the most severe tests that the international aid community has ever faced," he argues.
The United Nations is helping Nigeria locate and rescue the hundreds of abducted schoolgirls, but it does not plan to send a military force without Security Council approval, said Said Djinnit, sent by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the country. Separately, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan canceled a planned trip to the town of Chibok, the home of the abducted schoolgirls. Instead, he will go directly to Paris to attend a French-organized meeting on regional security.
Violations of human rights by authorities and pro-Russian separatists have escalated in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, says a United Nations monitors report. "Those with influence on the armed groups responsible for much of the violence in eastern Ukraine (must) do their utmost to rein in these men who seem bent on tearing the country apart," says Navi Pillay, UN human rights chief.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging "a quick return to civilian rule in Egypt based on a clear road map for elections" after the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, says a UN spokesman on Ban's behalf. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern about the detention of Muslim Brotherhood members and emphasized that all sides need to refrain from violence. Multiple clashes have been reported in Egypt, with at least one dead.