Analysis: The UN in 2023

By Anna Jefferys A series of reports exploring the likely changes in the aid world over the next decade. HIGHLIGHTS     * Calls for UN to be more anticipatory, strategic, innovative    * Test public-private partnerships    * Less bureaucracy, more leadership    (...

Mataf bridge ready to ease Umrah for disabled, elderly

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR The new mataf bridge around the Holy Kaaba opens for pilgrims this week. Only disabled and elderly pilgrims will be allowed to use the circular bridge that can hold 7,000 wheelchair-borne pilgrims per hour.“Since the bridge would be set...

Myanmar: Stepping up humanitarian response to persistent needs

08-07-2013 News Release 13/124 Geneva/Yangon (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is expanding its efforts in Myanmar to improve prison conditions and help those suffering from armed conflict and other violence. Severe unrest in Rakhine state...

Myanmar Armed Forces discharge 42 children and young people

YANGON, 7 July 2013 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNICEF welcomed the discharge today of 34 children and 8 young people by the Myanmar Armed Forces, or Tatmadaw, in line with the Government’s commitment to end the recruitment and use of children by the...