UN and Africa: focus on child rights, adolescent health and Mali peace process

Somalia latest country to sign UN child rights treaty

Young girls in Somalia. UN File Photo/Tobin Jones

Somalia's decision to ratify a UN treaty on children's rights will reignite global commitment to make the world better for children. That's according to Marta Santos Pais, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Violence against Children. Somalia has joined more than 190 countries which have signed the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which seeks to protect youngsters from discrimination and ensure their overall well-being. Cristina Silveiro caught up with Ms Santos Pais prior to the ratification ceremony at the UN earlier this month.

Adolescent health care targeted by UN

A girl laughs during a skit on the prevention of HIV, at a youth centre in Moundou, Chad. Photo: UNICEF/P. Esteve

Young people around the world are expected to benefit from new guidelines issued by the UN aimed at improving adolescent health. Many children who suffer from mental health disorders, substance use, poor nutrition, intentional injuries and chronic illness such as AIDS currently do not have access to critical prevention and care services. The guidelines have been developed by the World Health Organization and the UN agency which works on AIDS, UNAIDS. Eleuterio Guevane asked Dr Mariângela Simão from UNAIDS what difference the guidelines will make.

Mali peace process "back on track"

Mongi Hamdi, head of Head of MINUSMA briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The peace process in Mali is "back on track" said the head of the country's UN mission – MINUSMA – on Tuesday. But Mongi Hamdi told a Security Council meeting that regular violations of the ceasefire in recent months meant the path to peace was littered with obstacles. A peace agreement between the government, armed militant groups supporting it, and a rebel coalition in the north, was signed on June 20 this year. Matthew Wells reports.

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