Addressing around 800 delegates and observers including 72 heads of national police agencies, UN Police Adviser Andrew Hughes told the gathering in Marrakech, Morocco, that the number of UN Police (UNPOL) officers needed in missions worldwide will increase to more than 16,000 by next year from just under 10,000 at the moment. “We’ve seen an extraordinary increase in the demand for UN Police officers in the past year or two and this growth is likely to continue so we need more countries to contribute quality officers. Currently 92 Member States contribute police personnel but there are 192 members of the UN so we need greater involvement,” said Mr. Hughes. In particular, the UN mission authorized for Sudan’s Darfur region will require the largest single UN Police contingent ever with more than 6,400 police officers out of a total of over 30,000 personnel. “It’s also important to increase the number of female police officers in UN service and also to increase geographical diversity. We welcome the support that we’ve received from Member States so far but more is needed if the UN is to address the multitude of peacekeeping challenges that it faces,” added Mr. Hughes. INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 186 member countries, and today is the first time that a UN Police Adviser has addressed the annual meeting of its supreme governing body. Several international and regional organizations are also attending the four-day event, including the European Police Office, Europol. Mr. Hughes’s attendance at the 76th INTERPOL General Assembly grew out of discussions held at the International Policing Advisory Council (IPAC) meeting in Canberra, Australia in August, during which it was decided that UNPOL would work more closely with other international and regional policing organizations. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Police Division now comes under the new Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions. This new structure is part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s wider reform of peacekeeping, developed in response to the growing global need for peacekeeping operations. The Office also comprises the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Section, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section, the Security Sector Reform Section and the Mine Action Service. 6 November 2007More Member States need to increase the number of qualified police officers they supply to United Nations peacekeeping missions to deal with the unprecedented expansion in global policing, the world body’s top police officer told the INTERPOL General Assembly today.
Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations today stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice. “Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He added that breastmilk works like a baby’s first vaccine, protecting infants from potentially deadly diseases and giving them all the nourishment they need to survive and thrive. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective – an initiative launched today that aims to increase global breastfeeding rates – points out that breastfeeding not only helps prevent diarrhoea and pneumonia, two major causes of death in infants, it also helps reduce mothers’ risk of ovarian and breast cancer, two leading causes of death among women. Yet, the scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, reveals that no country in the world fully meets recommended breastfeeding standards. It found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are given nothing but breastmilk and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent. Global investment in breastfeeding ‘far too low,’ says UN The scorecard was released at the start of World Breastfeeding Week alongside a new analysis, Nurturing the Health and Wealth of Nations: The Investment Case for Breastfeeding, demonstrating that an annual investment of only $4.70 per newborn is required to increase the global rate of exclusive breastfeeding among children under six months to 50 per cent by 2025. The analysis suggests that meeting this target could save the lives of 520,000 children under the age of five and potentially generate $300 billion in economic gains over 10 years, as a result of reduced illness and health care costs and increased productivity. “Breastfeeding is one of the most effective – and cost effective – investments nations can make in the health of their youngest members and the future health of their economies and societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “By failing to invest in breastfeeding, we are failing mothers and their babies – and paying a double price: in lost lives and in lost opportunity.” The investment case shows that in five of the world’s largest emerging economies, namely China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Nigeria, the lack of investment in breastfeeding has resulted in an estimated 236,000 child deaths per year and $119 billion in economic losses. Globally, investment in breastfeeding is far too low. Each year, governments in lower- and middle-income countries spend approximately $250 million on breastfeeding promotion – donors provide only an additional $85 million. Co-led by UNICEF and WHO, the Global Breastfeeding Collective is calling on countries to increase funding to raise breastfeeding rates from birth through two years of age; enact paid family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies, building on the UN International Labour Organization’s maternity protection guidelines as a minimum requirement; improve access to skilled breastfeeding counselling as part of comprehensive breastfeeding policies and programmes in health facilities; and strengthen links between health facilities and communities, and encourage community networks that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Both UN agencies emphasize that breastfeeding is critical to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), asserting that it improves nutrition, SDG 2; prevents child mortality and decreases the risk of non-communicable diseases, SDG 3; and supports cognitive development and education, SDG 4. Breastfeeding is also an enabler to ending poverty, promoting economic growth and reducing inequalities.
Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs fires up the team prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.It’s rare for a team to have a first-round cornerback. It’s close to improbable for a team to have two first-round cornerbacks in the same draft, and it’s even more difficult to replace those lost to the NFL. This is Ohio State’s reality, but the difficulty of the situation seems to be missing.Without Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley patrolling the defensive backfield, there should be an adjustment period. But, that doesn’t seem to be the case with junior cornerbacks Denzel Ward, redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette and redshirt sophomore Kendall Sheffield — the cornerbacks tasked with shadowing receivers for the defense in 2017.Ward was the third man in the rotation last season for Ohio State, behind first-rounders Lattimore and Conley, who are now with the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders, respectively. With those two gone, Ward will inherit the top corner spot and attempt to extend the line of succession of Ohio State cornerbacks to the NFL.Unlike most No. 3 corners on college rosters, Ward has ample experience after just one season in cornerbacks coach and assistant defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs’ rotation, having played the same number of snaps as Lattimore and Conley. Ward was also tied for the team lead in pass breakups (nine) with Lattimore.“You would never take two first-rounders off the field if the guy coming off the bench wasn’t just as good,” Coombs said Wednesday. “To me, that’s what we do.”As the rotation stands right now, Coombs and Arnette both said that Ward and Arnette are practicing with the starters and Arnette slides inside to the nickel in three-receiver sets while Sheffield handles the other outside corner position opposite Ward.Arnette filled the nickel corner spot for much of last year, struggling at times but showcasing his speed and potential to be a future starter on other occasions. Ward has risen as the leader of the unit, but Arnette, who admitted to being nervous in game situations last year and wanting to play like Lattimore and Conley rather than playing his game, is on the road toward maturing as a corner at Ohio State.“Damon’s always had really good physical skills and he’s always been a little bit lacking from the maturity standpoint and that’s just a grown man conversation that we’ve had over and over and over again,” Coombs said. “He’ll still make some of those mistakes that come from momentary lack of focus. But I’m telling you right now, he’s a football player. And he’s a Buck. You’re going to go get in a fight, you’re going to take Damon with you.”Sheffield arrived at Ohio State for spring practice, transferring from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. The former five-star recruit who spent a season at Alabama as a redshirt has been mentioned as one of the fastest on the team, along with Ward, and might possibly be the final fixture in another dominant unit.“Have you seen (Sheffield)? He looks like an action figure,” Arnette said. “He’s fast, he’s athletic, he’s a great corner. He’s just exactly what we need for that rotation.”Ohio State’s 2016 secondary finished the season as one of the best units in the country, which had much to do with Lattimore and Conley who combined for eight of the team’s 21 interceptions. Lattimore had one of the Buckeyes’ NCAA-leading seven defensive touchdowns. Yet, similar questions regarding the relatively unproven cornerbacks existed at this time last year.Is Ward ready to take the jump to No. 1 corner? Can Arnette become a consistent player and stay healthy at the No. 2? Does Ohio State have the right player to fill in at corner when one of the top two need a breather?From what Ward, Arnette and Coombs all said, they would check the box that says ‘yes.’“I’m definitely excited about this rotation,” Ward said. “Kendall is also fast, Damon is also fast. Damon, he is a physical player and I am very excited about us just getting out there and getting ready to go play.”