Michel Sidibe, the executive director of UNAIDS, has announced he will leave his position six months early following an investigative panel's claims of sexual harassment at the agency and "defective leadership." Sweden said it will withhold UNAIDS funding until Sidibe is no longer at the helm.
Talks between Yemeni and Houthi leaders that have taken place over the past week could be the "beginning of the end" of the crisis in Yemen, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Negotiations between the warring parties concluded this week with a deal to hand control of the key port of Hodeidah to the UN for the establishment of a complete cease-fire.
Close to 30 million babies each year are born prematurely or become seriously ill, and many of the 2.5 million deaths that result are preventable, according to a report by a coalition including UNICEF and the World Health Organization. "When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right place can make all the difference," says UNICEF deputy chief Omar Abdi.
A delegation from the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice is warning against attempts to roll back women's rights in Poland, noting recent moves to restrict access to emergency contraception and abortion. The group also warns that gender equity groups in the country are increasingly characterized as "anti-family."
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres returned to UN climate talks in Poland to urge participants to find a compromise after talks stalled over disagreement about language in the conference report. A draft report detailing plans to limit global warming has been produced, although negotiations on the final language continue.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is voicing concerns about violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of the country's Dec. 23 elections, and she is urging authorities to halt violence and inflammatory rhetoric. Leaders of the opposing parties are exchanging accusations after a fire at a warehouse in Kinshasa destroyed 8,000 of 10,368 voting machines.
Martha's Table and Lyft are teaming up to offer 500 qualifying families in Washington, D.C., rides to Safeway, Giant and other grocery stores for $2.50. The pilot will run from January through June and will be open to approved families whose children attend school in select zones.
TisBest Philanthropy launched in 2007 with the goal of reducing holiday waste and increasing socially conscious giving. The organization, which generated $2.3 million for charity in 2017, offers customizable gift cards that recipients can apply to more than 300 charities partnering with TisBest or any charity listed by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Google Play Store opened up to charities this week in a way that allows 100% of donated amounts to go to Android users' selected causes by waiving fees. The American Red Cross, Girls Who Code, Doctors Without Borders USA and UNICEF are among the early participants of the program, called Giving Season on Play.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has named California Historical Society CEO Anthea Hartig as its new director. "It's a big leap, and I am incredibly honored that the Smithsonian has placed its trust in me," Hartig says.
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