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GDACS is a cooperation framework between the United Nations,

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to improve alerts, information exchange and

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Russia's Illegal War Against 

Ukraine Continues 

with Death and 

Destruction Endangering

The Whole of Humanity!

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  UPDATES: 2023

Ukraine Zaporizhzya Nuclear Power Station 

21 December 2023

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is installing four new mobile diesel boilers to generate additional steam needed for various nuclear safety functions at the site, including for waste treatment, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.

The IAEA team of experts present at the ZNPP observed the installation work during a walkdown last Sunday and were subsequently informed that the new boilers will be ready soon. The site currently has nine mobile boilers, eight of which are operating to provide heating during the winter.

“Nuclear power plants need significant amounts of steam to conduct important operational activities at the sites. This remains the case also for the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, even though it has not produced electricity for well over a year now. The IAEA has encouraged the plant to install diesel boilers for this purpose and we welcome the planned additional capacity,” Director General Grossi said.

Five reactors remain in cold shutdown, while unit 4 is in hot shutdown to produce steam and heat, including for the nearby town of Enerhodar, where most plant staff live.

Nearly three weeks after it suffered its eighth complete loss of off-site power during the conflict, the ZNPP remains connected to two external power sources: the main 750 kilovolt (kV) power line, and a back-up 330 kV power line.

The IAEA experts have over the past week continued to monitor the nuclear safety and security situation across the site of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant (NPP), conducting walkdowns to the reactor hall and electrical safety system rooms of unit 3 and to the main control room of unit 5, where they observed a successful test of the safety systems.

In recent days, they also went to the site’s 750 kV electrical switchyard, entry point for the off-site power needed at the plant, and the onsite water treatment facility. In another walkdown, they saw the ZNPP’s cooling pond, cooling towers, inlet and outlet channels as well as the outlet channel of the nearby Zaporizhzhya Thermal Power Plant. However, they were not allowed this time to access the isolation gate of the cooling pond.

Separately, the IAEA experts were informed by the ZNPP that they could not access the reactor rooftops as planned on 19 December due to security concerns.  No alternative date has so far been provided. The IAEA has previously this year been given access to three of the reactor roofs – of units 2, 3 and 4 – but not the others.

In addition, the IAEA team was once again not granted access to the north-western part of the turbine hall of reactor unit 5 during a walkdown there last Monday, despite a request made before the visit. The IAEA has not been able to visit the north-western part of any of the six turbine halls since mid-October.

The team continues to pay close attention to the maintenance situation at the plant, particularly the maintenance plan for next year, and also to the electrical equipment related to the safety systems of the reactor units following a power loss at unit 6 in mid-November. The IAEA experts have been informed that the 2024 maintenance plan is almost complete, but they have so far not been able to study it as requested.

An unannounced fire drill was conducted at the ZNPP site on Wednesday morning, following last week’s emergency communication exercise. The drill scenario involved a hypothetical oil leakage at the transformer of reactor unit 2, which resulted in a fire. The drill’s participants included regional, city and on-site fire departments. The IAEA team was only made aware of the drill afterwards.

 

As usual in recent months, the IAEA team has continued to hear explosions from outside the ZNPP site, including six powerful blasts on Wednesday evening.

IAEA experts at the Rivne, Khmelnitsky, South Ukraine NPPs and the Chornobyl site continue to report that nuclear safety and security is being maintained despite challenging circumstances. A successful rotation of IAEA staff took place during the week at the Rivne, South Ukraine and Khmelnitsky sites.

Last week, the IAEA arranged the 33rd delivery of nuclear safety and security-related equipment to Ukraine, using contributions from Australia. It was the first delivery under a new system requiring entities in Ukraine to register in the national electronic system as recipients of humanitarian aid.

Text Courtesy, IAEA

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As 2023 comes to a close with

'the horrors of wars'

yet raging . . . 

"NATURE"

reminds us all that "NATURE"

is "ALIVE" and "ACTIVE!"

CHINA: GANSU PROVINCE

6.2 EARTHQUAKE

127 dead, 734 injured, 20 missing

18 DECEMBER 2023

MUST SEE VIDEO:

Video Courtesy, BBC News

China's President, Xi Jinping said "all efforts should be made to carry out search and rescue, treat the injured in a timely manner, and minimise casualties". The Chinese government announced 200 million yuan in emergency aid for rescue work.

 

WE CAN ALL HELP!

Make Your Mark in Humanitarian History!

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ICELAND: MASSIVE VOLCANIC

ERUPTION AFTER SERIES

OF EARTQUAKES 

18 DECEMBER 2023

MUST SEE VIDEO:

Video Courtesy, DW News

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 REMINDER

MUST SEE VIDEO:

Video Courtesy, 60 Minutes

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As one year ends with another on

the horizon, inhabitants around

the world must always be

mindful that . . .

NATURE RULES!

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ISRAEL: ATTACKED!

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"STATE OF WAR"

SHOCKING ATROCITIES

AGAINST CIVILIANS:

 BOMBINGS!

ABDUCTIONS:

SLAUGHTEROUS KILLINGS!

200+ HOSTAGES!

More than 1500 Killed; 2500 Wounded

"Innocent Children in Harms Way!"

DATE: OCTOBER 7, 2023

EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NOW!

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ISRAEL:  We’ll defend ourselves against annihilation.

“The brutality of the crimes is not the only thing . . . 

the savage Hamas Nazis share with the

German Nazis. They both share a

common ideology,”

he added, to “exterminate the Jews”.

Quote, Ambassador Gilad Erdan of Israel addresses the UN Security

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The UN Security Council has adopted resolution

on the ongoing crisis in Gaza, with 13 votes

in favour, and the US and Russia

abstaining. The resolution,

among others demands immediate, safe

and unhindered delivery of humanitarian

assistance at scale directly to the

Palestinian civilian population

throughout the Gaza Strip.

The adopted the draft resolution, penned by the UAE, as Resolution 2720 (2023)

MUST SEE VIDEO

Video Courtesy, United Nations

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US Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the first to speak after the vote, describing the resolution as “a glimmer of hope amongst a sea of unimaginable suffering”.

She said that since the start of the conflict, the US has worked tirelessly to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, to get lifesaving assistance into Gaza, to get hostages out of the enclave, and to push for the protection of innocent civilians and humanitarian workers, and to work towards a lasting peace.

“Today this Council made clear that all hostages must be released immediately and unconditionally and that humanitarian groups must be able to access hostages, including for medical visits,” she said.

The Council made clear that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and that civilian, humanitarian and UN facilities, as well as humanitarian personnel and medical personnel, must be protected, she added.

While encouraged that the Council spoke out on the humanitarian crisis, Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said the US was “appalled” that it was again unable to condemn the horrific terrorist attacks committed by Hamas on 7 October.

Text Courtesy, United Nations

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UN General Assembly in Emergency Session:

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

Voted by large majority for

"immediate humanitarian ceasefire." 

12 December 2023

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DIRE SITUATION IN GAZA:

"The Impact on Heath is

Catastrophic!"

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WHO Director-General’s closing remarks

at the Special Session of the

Executive Board on the health situation

in the occupied Palestinian territory

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WHO’s Executive Board adopts resolution

on access for life-saving

aid into Gaza and respect for laws of war

10 December 2023

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Pope Francis Prays for Peace

22 November 2023

Pope Francis renews his appeal for prayers for people suffering due to wars in Ukraine and

"Let us pray for the Palestinian people; let us pray for the Israeli people, so that peace may come."

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced on Friday that Pope Francis would be meeting with the delegations, stressing that the meetings would be "of an exclusively humanitarian nature" aiming to demonstrate Pope Francis' "spiritual

closeness to the suffering of each individual".

Image / Text Courtesy, Vatican News

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken 

 Remarks to the Press

NOVEMBER 10, 2023

“Far too many Palestinians have been killed; far too many have suffered these past weeks.  And we want to do everything possible to prevent harm to them and to maximize the assistance that gets to them.” 

Blinken denounces civilian toll in Gaza, says ‘far too many Palestinians have been killed’

           Text Courtesy, U.S. Department of State / Inage Courtesy, Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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UPDATE: 10/27/2023

UN General Assembly adopts resolution calling

 for ‘humanitarian truce’, civilian protection

Prior to taking action on the resolution, an amendment led by Canada did not pass, as it failed to reach the required two-thirds majority.

That amendment would have “unequivocally reject[ed] and condemn[ed] the terrorist attacks by Hamas [which] took place in Israel starting on 7 October 2023 and the taking of hostages”.

General Assembly adopts resolution on Protection of Civilians and Upholding Legal and Huma

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UPDATEDECEMBER 22, 2023

UPDATENOVEMBER 10, 2023

U.S. voices concern over killing of

Palestinians as Gaza death toll tops 11,000

UPDATE: OCTOBER 16, 2023

Israel's death toll is 1400 and Gaza's has spiked to 2670 and as

the humanitarian crisis in the territory spirals into a

catastrophe, a United Nations relief agency has

confessed that unless the supply blockade

is lifted, there is nothing they can do for the people inside.

Text / Video Courtesy, 9 News Australia

THE WORLD CANNOT IGNORE

THE HORRIFIC ATROCITIES

OF LAWLESS, AGGRESSIVE

ACTS OF TERROR!

ACTS OF WAR!

UN Secretary-General Strongly Condemn Deadly Attacks in Israel

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7 OCTOBER 2023

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The UN chief is deeply concerned for the civilian population and urges maximum restraint and that “all diplomatic efforts” are made “to avoid a wider conflagration”, the UN Spokesperson said. “Civilians must be respected and protected in accordance with international humanitarian law at all times.

With deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the UN chief called for the immediate release of all abducted persons, Mr. Dujarric said.

He stresses that violence cannot provide a solution to the conflict, and that only through negotiation leading to a two-State solution can peace be achieved,” the UN Spokesperson said.

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Statement From

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

on the Attacks Against Israel

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7 OCTOBER 2023

I am closely monitoring developments in Israel. Our commitment to Israel's right to defend itself remains unwavering, and I extend my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this abhorrent attack on civilians. Over the coming days the Department of Defense will work to ensure that Israel has what it needs to defend itself and protect civilians from indiscriminate violence and terrorism.

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EARTHQUAKE</