UN issues revised humanitarian appeal for Libya, U.S. addresses World Health Assembly and more from UN Direct

Libya: The UN is calling for an additional $233 million to help 2.1 million people affected by the Libyan conflict, adding to the initial $160 million appeal issued in March, for a total revised appeal of $408 million ($175 million has already been received). USG Amos said that the conflict, breakdown of state infrastructure, as well as cash and fuel shortages, are causing serious problems. At the same time, she warned that widespread shortages are paralyzing the country in ways that will affect the population in the coming weeks and months ahead, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable. The revised appeal is based on the 800,000 people that have escaped Libya and the 1.6 million who need assistance within the country.  The funds are intended to cover needs until early September.

DRC: At an open meeting of the Security Council today, the SG explained that the security situation has improved in most of the DRC, noting progress in the east on dismantling foreign and Congolese armed groups. Nonetheless, the humanitarian situation remains serious with 1.7 million IDPs. Looking ahead, the SG said that the Presidential and National Assembly elections on November 28th, followed by provincial and local elections, can help to further consolidate peace and stability. The SG reiterated the need for all elections to be peaceful, secure, and transparent. The SG also welcomed the governments’ increased leadership in addressing sexual violence, including the fight against impunity, including through strengthening the military justice system and prosecuting some of those accused of sexual and gender-based violence and other crimes.

Global Health: Dr. Nils Daulaire, Director of the Office of Global Health Affairs at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Rep. on the Executive Board of the WHO, issued a statement at the WHA on the importance of reforming the WHO budget without downsizing or reducing the impact of the organization. He also underlined the U.S.’ strong support for DG Chan’s leadership in promoting the reform package for the WHO.