Insecurity, Venezuelans in Darien, drought in the Horn of Africa... Tuesday's news

Despite progress, six out of seven people feel insecure

When the pandemic struck, the world had reached unprecedented levels of development, but six out of seven people felt insecure, a situation that has only been made worse by COVID-19.

A report by the United Nations Development Program warns of the disconnection between economic development and the security felt by individuals.

“The indicator represents what was happening before the pandemic. It’s interesting and quite shocking that even at a time when the world was enjoying progress, people were incubating these insecurities,” said Heriberto Tapia, an advisor to the office that produced the report.

According to the study, approaches focused on economic growth have produced “marked and growing inequalities, and destabilizing and dangerous planetary changes.”

The feeling of protection of the population is below the minimum in almost all countries.

The pandemic and climate change require immediate action. COVID-19 has reduced life expectancy and worsened all the parameters for measuring human development. Rising temperatures could cause the death of 40 million people between now and the end of the century.

Venezuelans surpass Haitians as the largest group to cross the Darién

Venezuelans overtook Haitians in January as the main group crossing the dangerous Darien Gap, the jungle that straddles the Panama-Colombia border.

More than half of the 4,700 people who crossed into Panama through the Darién in January were Venezuelan, according to figures from the Panamanian government collected in a report by the UN humanitarian coordination office.

In 2021, Haitians represented almost 80% of the approximately 130,000 migrants who crossed into Panama through the Darién.

Unlike previous waves of Venezuelans arriving in Panama (where there are approximately 121,600 Venezuelan migrants and refugees), the current flows are made up of migrants seeking to transit through the country on their way to the United States, the report notes.

Meanwhile in Mexico, 16,740 migrants were detained in Januarycompared to the 9,406 people detained in January 2021, an impressive 78% increase.

Most of the migrants came from neighboring Central American countries, although more than 38% of those detained were from outside the Americas region.

The office against drugs and crime installs its regional headquarters in Colombia

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime will establish its regional headquarters for the Andean region and the Southern Cone in Colombia.

From Bogotá, the UNODC will supervise and coordinate operations against drug trafficking and crimes such as human trafficking in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

“The creation of a regional office will allow us to have a more effective and coordinated approach in our operations, alliances and communications,” said UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly.

Waly launched, together with the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, and the Colombian Foreign Minister and Vice President, Marta Lucía Ramírez, the new UNODC strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean 2022-2025, which, according to the director, “recognizes security as an objective multidimensional that is linked to development” and will take regional cooperation “to another level.

Drought threatens 13 million people in the Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa region is suffering from the worst drought since 1981 that has left 13 million people at risk of starvation, the World Food Program warned.

The agency called for immediate help to prevent a serious humanitarian crisis.

“The cattle are dying And that’s devastating for pastor families. The shepherds have seen their cattle die. After three consecutive unsuccessful rainy seasons, harvests are up to 70% below normal in the affected areas. Now food and water prices are skyrocketing significantly.” spokesman Thomson Piri said.

UNICEF projects that up to 20 million people in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia will need water and food aid in the next six months, and warns that children are already in very precarious conditions.

“Right now, almost 5.5 million children in these four countries are threatened by acute malnutrition and an estimated 1.4 million children by severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF fears that this figure will increase by 50% if the rains do not come in the next three months,” said Mohamed Malick Fall, the agency’s regional director.

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