RUNDOWN FOR THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2018

UNICEF / ROHINGYA CHILDREN (1:34) [EMBARGO UNTIL 0001 GMT FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2018] 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said urgent efforts are needed to help more than 720,000 Rohingya children who are threatened either by the approaching cyclone season in Bangladesh or by ongoing violence and denial of their basic rights in Myanmar. UNICEF 

UN / SYRIA EASTERN GHOUTA (4:22) 

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council today that Eastern Ghouta “is a living example of an entirely known, predictable, and preventable humanitarian disaster unfolding before our eyes.” UNIFEED 

SOUTH SUDAN / FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION (3:22)

A new UN report on freedom of opinion and expression in South Sudan has revealed that restrictions are having a “chilling effect” and “further shrinking the space for debate and dissent.” UNMISS

UN / SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE (1:48) 

Updating journalists on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse in the United Nations system, a UN spokesperson said that from 1 October to 31 December 2017, “we have received 40 allegations for all UN entities and implementing partners. Not all allegations have been fully verified, and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.” UNIFEED 

UN / CAR (0:00) 

The UN Security Council to meet on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR).  UNIFEED