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UN suspends 2 employees over viral sex video

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UN suspends 2 employees over viral sex video


The United Nations says it has suspended two male staff members involved in a recent viral sex video in Israel.

Mr Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, disclosed this in a note to UN correspondents in New York on Thursday.

Dujarric said both employees had been identified and placed on “Administrative Leave Without Pay” pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation into the allegation.

The video, which surfaced online last week, shows a couple apparently having sex on the back seat of a UN official car in Tel Aviv.

On Friday, Dujarric told correspondents that the organisation was “shocked and deeply disturbed” by the footage, and that investigation had been launched.

He confirmed that the video featured a 4×4 vehicle, containing personnel “likely assigned to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO)” headquartered in Jerusalem.

The short video shows a white woman in a red dress straddling an equally white man in the back seat of the white SUV bearing the “UN” inscription.

With them in the moving vehicle were the driver and a bald-head man sitting on the passenger side, in front.

Media reports say the footage was recorded on HaYarkon Street, a major thoroughfare in Tel Aviv, Israeli capital.

The UN spokesman said in Thursday’s note that the investigation was being handled by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).

He said: “Two male international staff members, who were in the UN vehicle in Tel Aviv have been identified as having engaged in misconduct, including conduct of sexual nature.

“Given the seriousness of the allegation of failing to observe the standards of conduct expected of international civil servants, the two staff members have been placed on Administrative Leave Without Pay.

“This is pending the results and conclusion of the ongoing OIOS investigation.  

“UNTSO has re-engaged in a robust awareness-raising campaign to remind its personnel of their obligations to the UN Code of Conduct.

“The OIOS investigation continues, and we will keep you informed,” he said.

According to the organisation, UNTSO is the first ever peacekeeping mission established by the UN in 1948.

It says the mission comprises military observers to monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements and prevent military escalation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that sexual misconduct is not new among employees of the global body.

In 2019, the UN said it received and investigated 175 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its staff.

Out of the total, 16 were substantiated, 15 unsubstantiated and all others still being investigated.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Risks of COVID-19 infection through breastfeeding negligible — WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the risk of COVID-19 infection through breastfeeding is negligible and has never been documented.


Dr Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Head of the organisation’s Food and Nutrition Action in Health Systems unit, stated this on Tuesday, according to the United Nations.

In a report, the UN quoted Grummer-Strawn as making the statement at a news briefing on the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week where he appealed for greater support for the practice. 

This year’s event is coming amid warning by the WHO that lack of mother’s milk is linked to 820,000 child deaths a year, costing the global economy 300 billion dollars (N114 trillion).

WHO has been very clear in its recommendations to say absolute breastfeeding should continue.

“We have never documented, anywhere around the world, any (COVID-19) transmission through breastmilk,” Grummer-Strawn said.

He said exclusive breastfeeding for six months has many benefits for the infant and mother which far outweigh any risk from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the advantages included the fact that breastmilk, including milk which is expressed, provides lifesaving antibodies that protect babies against many childhood illnesses.

“This is only one of the reasons why new mothers should initiate skin-to-skin contact and room-in with their babies quickly.

“The risks of transmission of the COVID-19 virus from a COVID-positive mother to her baby seem to be extremely low”, the WHO official said.

He explained that the conclusion followed the testing of the breastmilk of many mothers around the world in a variety of studies.

Grummer-Strawn said although a few samples had the virus followup tests showed that the virus was not viable and could not be infective.

 

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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LCCI to engage VP Osinbajo in virtual presidential policy dialogue

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said on Tuesday that it had concluded plans to host virtual Presidential Policy Dialogue, futuring Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the Keynote Speaker.


Dr Muda Yusuf, LCCI’s Director-General, said in a report that the dialogue scheduled to hold on Friday, would deliberate on the state of the economy and public policy initiatives.

He said it would also focus on regulatory issues and their effects on the business environment as the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Amina Mohammed, would also make remarks at the session.

“As part of its public sector engagement programmes, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry initiated the “Presidential Policy Dialogue” to create a platform for the organised private sector and the Federal Government to deliberate on issues pertaining to the state of the economy.

“The 2020 edition of the event is expected to bring together key government officials and major players in the organised private sector spanning various sectors of the economy.

“The dialogue session would also explore collaboration possibilities and synergy between the private sector and the government,” he stated.

Yusuf said the forum would bring together, captains of industry, leaders of the private sector as well as members of the diplomatic corps.

He said that the stakeholders would deliberate on issues bothering on the economy and as they related to the mandate of the present administration in order to take it to the next level.

“The chamber believes that through engagements such as this, the government and the organised private sector can identify and address issues affecting the growth of our economy, with a view to proffering long-lasting solutions to them,” Yusuf  said.

Edited  by Vivian Ihechu/Ejike Obeta

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IOM opens legal facility in Edo for victims of trafficking

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The International Office for Migration (IOM) Nigeria has opened a new facility in Edo to provide unhindered access to legal services to victims of trafficking in Nigeria.


The IOM made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to the IOM, the legal hub will provide free, prompt, timely and confidential legal aid to victims regardless of sex, age and gender.

The UN Migration agency stated that parallel to the opening of the pilot facility in Edo, it also conducted awareness raising sessions in Delta and Lagos states.

The IOM disclosed that two additional hubs will be established in Delta and Lagos States at the end of the year.

Ms Bertha Nguvulu, IOM Nigeria Counter Trafficking Project Officer said “Currently, prosecution of traffickers in Nigeria is focused primarily on criminal cases.

“The legal hubs will bring together all actors involved in criminal, as well as civil proceedings for victims of sexual and labour exploitation seeking legal redress in the country,” Nguvulu said.

The launch follows consultations with various legal actors in all three states such as the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Consultations were also made with the Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, as well as academia.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

 

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German soldiers set sail for five-month Libyan arms embargo mission

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A German frigate carrying 250 soldiers on Tuesday departed at the start of a five-month mission as part of the European Union’s (EU) efforts to enforce a long-flouted Libya arms embargo.


The Hamburg frigate set sail for the Mediterranean from the port city of Wilhelmshaven.

The EU’s Irini mission, launched in May, is tasked with preventing the flow of weapons into war-torn Libya under UN embargo, and gathering information on illegal oil exports from country and disrupting people smuggling in the region.

The Hamburg’s crew members are set to return on Dec. 20, and may not see any days on land until then, due to precautions regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Cdr. Jan Fitschen said, “We are facing a mission that will present the ship and crew with previously unknown challenges in several respects.

“It is taking place on difficult political and operational terrain.”

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