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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

Membership of new UN global health task force announced

A high-profile list of public figures who will serve on a new Global Health Crises Task Force was announced on Wednesday by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

The task force will produce regular updates on the efforts being made to create a more resilient global response to health emergencies.

It follows on from the Secretary-General's report in April this year entitled "Strengthening the Global Health Architecture."

The UN chief's deputy, Jan Eliasson; the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim; and Director General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan, will lead the task force.

Distinguished experts outside the UN system will also serve, from fields such as community health care, infectious disease research, public health, and innovation.

It starts work on 1 July.

"Tragic and comprehensive deterioration" in Burundi human rights

The human rights of citizens in Burundi have suffered a "tragic and comprehensive deterioration" over the past year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein presented a report on technical cooperation and capacity building in Burundi's human rights field on Wednesday in Geneva.

He said the decision by the president of the African Great Lakes region country to run for a third term last year, had led to a large increase in abuses, due to the ensuing political unrest.

Zeid said that the "violations inflicted" on the general population included extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest, torture and sexual violence.

"The perpetrators of these human rights violations and abuses, reportedly are members of the security and intelligence forces, members of an armed element connected to the Imbonerakure, which itself is associated with the governing party as well as other armed groups and individuals."

US$10 million released for Chad from UN emergency fund 

US$10 million has been released from a UN emergency fund to address urgent humanitarian needs across Africa's Lake Chad region.

The money from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF, is being allocated to alleviate issues of food insecurity and malnutrition in Chad's Sahel belt.

Here's UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"More than 110,000 displaced people in the Lake region are living in precarious conditions, while in the Sahel belt, one million people are severely food insecure and 190,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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