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Tuesdays Daily Brief Disability inclusion minimum wage and LGBTI rights in Botswana

Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering “their full support” to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he had reportedly come in for criticism by the Government.A fragile ceasefire has largely held in and around the crucial port city of Hudaydah since the signing of the historic Stockholm Agreement last December, seen as crucial first move to brokering a lasting peace between rebel Houthis, and the Saudi-led coalition backing the Government.Find out more here. Families deserve answers when loved ones go missing in conflict: Security Council adopts historic resolution New Disability Inclusion Strategy is ‘transformative change we need’, says Guterres The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council adopted on Tuesday the very first ever resolution focused on the issue of missing persons in armed conflict. The aim is to encourage countries to fulfil their obligations, take action to step up prevention, and tackle the issue earlier, so that ultimately families separated by conflict can be reunited, or at least given answers as to the fate of their loved ones.“Alarming numbers of persons go missing in armed conflict,” said Reena Ghelani, who heads operations and advocacy at the UN’s humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, and was briefing on behalf of UN relief chief Mark Lowcock.Learn why this is a major win for thousands of war-torn families.UN human rights chief Bachelet hails Botswana decision decriminalizing same-sex relationships Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday.“When we fight to secure those rights, we move our world closer to upholding the core values and principles of the United Nations Charter”, he explained. “When we remove policies or biases or obstacles to opportunity for persons with disabilities, the whole world benefits”.Read our full story here. Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice  “Fundamental change” to the world of work – including an EU-wide minimum wage – is needed to address the growing gap between society’s haves and have-nots, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. In a 45-minute speech at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary conference in Geneva, Mr. Macron insisted that the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few from globalization had created a “law of the jungle”, which had opened the door to damaging nationalism, xenophobia and disillusionment with democracy. Find our full coverage here.UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’ And finally, a landmark ruling by Botswana’s High Court that scraps laws against same-sex relationships has been welcomed by UN human rights top official, Michelle Bachelet.In a statement on Tuesday the UN High Commissioner underlined that the High Court had “unanimously found sections of the Penal Code…to be unconstitutional and a violation of human rights”.Such discrimination has impacts that go far beyond arrest and detention, Ms. Bachelet said, noting that the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people could lead to them being denied healthcare, education, employment and housing.Botswana’s decision follows similar action in nine other countries in the past five years, including Angola, Belize, India and Trinidad and Tobago.In Kenya last month, however, a similar constitutional challenge to overturn laws that discriminate against the LGBTI community, was unsuccessful.Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 11 June on SoundCloud: read more

UK weather Storm Freya brings 80mph gusts as heavy snow causes travel

“By the afternoon it will be into the Midlands and towards London with some hail and thunder. Northern and eastern areas will stay sunniest and it will be quite blustery as well, with some gale-force gusts in the west.”In Devon a gust of 55mph was measured in Chivenor, while 52mph was recorded on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.Three men had to be rescued from the sea off Studland Bay, also in Dorset, after they got into difficulty in a dinghy. High winds, which reached 76mph at Mumbles Head on Swansea Bay, caused disruption on the rail network across Wales and the Midlands.Meanwhile, police forces across England and Wales reported gales had brought down trees and blown branches into roads, blocking some routes for motorists.High winds caused the M4 to close in both directions between junctions 41 and 42, Traffic Wales said. The stormy conditions were expected to have eased by rush hour on Monday morning, although some rain and gusty winds and some snow will continue. @CumbriaCrack A595 near mealsgate pic.twitter.com/Pb2KZAQopy— Liam James ⚡️ (@liam_lovell) March 3, 2019 More than a dozen flood alerts are in place across the south-west, as well as two flood warnings, ahead of a fresh band of rain.Met Office forecaster Emma Smith said: “By six o’clock on Monday the centre of Storm Freya will be out over the North Sea.”There will still be outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow just clipping the coast by Newcastle and southern Scotland.”Thereafter into Monday there will be plenty of sunshine around, then we will get a band of showery rain moving in from the south-west.”That’s going to be moving across Devon and Cornwall first and moving into Wales and Northern Ireland through the morning. Snow in #Cumbria with a bit of thunder thrown in. #spring is here! #westcoast #snow #northwest #Weather just being…..weather 😊 pic.twitter.com/bmfj9KLta4— Trace W (@White_Rabbit969) March 3, 2019 A couple attempt to shelter from the weather on the promenade in BrightonCredit:PA The trio were left “cold and wet but uninjured” after they managed to clamber onto a yacht that was at anchor, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.Heavy rain has already hit Scotland on Sunday, with 34mm falling in Kinlochewe in the northwest Highlands.In Shapp, Cumbria 22mm of rain was recorded and 18mm fell in Mona, which is on the island of Anglesey in Wales.The A465 was closed on Sunday between Glynneath and Rhigos due to flooding, according to Traffic Wales. A couple attempt to shelter from the weather on the promenade in Brighton Storm Freya has battered Britain as gales, heavy rain and snow caused widespread travel disruption.A yellow warning for wind was put in place until 6am on Monday as gusts of up to nearly 80mph whipped a large swathe of the country, with downed trees and debris causing power cuts and affecting travel.The Met Office had also issued a yellow warning for snow until 2am as heavy falls hit high routes across the Pennines, stranding motorists on the A595 in Cumbria.At Spadeadam, near the Northumbria border, 2.4 inches of snow was recorded on Sunday night, while Cumbria Police said hazardous conditions were being reported across the county and urged motorists not to travel unless necessary.One motorist said there was “chaos” on the A595, tweeting: “Shocked at how bad it is! Major problems in Cumbria due to the snow! Very severe.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more