UN, Ethiopia, Melissa Fleming discussed on UN News
Hello in this week's show a worrying state of emergency continues in Ethiopia where UN staff are being held. The secretary general wants them released immediately. A farmer deal that gives a lot more people a chance to get COVID-19 antivirals than ever before, and tough words for the tobacco industry from the World Health Organization. And in this week's interview with UN communications, chief Melissa Fleming, why it's crucially important that the organization should do more to listen to what young activists are saying for everyone's sake. Stay with us too for closing comments from the show's regular guest, so long as we take a Cortes. That's all coming up in this week's you can catch up dateline Geneva with me, Daniel Johnson. Thanks for listening. First, the news. This is a news and brief from the United Nations. Master rests linked to Ethiopia state of emergency have continued in recent days reportedly of people of degree in origin. UNH office, which CHR has said, at least 1000 individuals are believed to have been detained in the last 7 days under far reaching state of emergency powers linked to the yearlong conflict in northern Ethiopia, which CHR spokesperson list rossel said on Tuesday. They're worrying reports that many of those detained have not been informed of the reasons for their detention. Nor have they been brought before a court of law or other tribunal to review the reasons for their detention and have not been formally charged. In a related development, the secretary general has repeated his call for the immediate release of UN staff members attained in the country. Mister Guterres explained in a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday that the organization's workers were being held without charge and no specific information has been provided regarding the reasons for their arrest. UN staff carry our critical and impartial work in Ethiopia, the UN chief insisted before warning that reported arbitrary arrests and attentions only serve to widen divisions and resentment between groups. All parties to the conflict should prioritize the welfare of civilians and put down their weapons now mister Guterres said. COVID-19 news now, and a massive boost for access to lifesaving coronavirus medicines for low and middle income countries. The welcome development comes after UN global health agency unit said on Tuesday that it had helped to reach a voluntary licensing agreement for a Pfizer antiviral treatment, meaning that the drug can now be produced genetically worldwide. The medicine which has taken orderly is designed to be administered with another antiviral retainer. Under the terms of the unit led deal, manufacturers will be able to supply both drugs to 95 countries, covering more than 50% of the world's population. This includes all low and lower middle income countries and upper middle income countries in sub Saharan Africa. Unit had said that Pfizer will not receive royalties on sales in low income countries. Turning to the UN's battle against tobacco use, the World Health Organization signals science of a pivotal downward shift in the numbers of users globally. Citing new data, the WHO welcomed the news that there are 200 million fewer tobacco users today compared to 2015. That means that 1.3 billion.