News in Brief 10 February 2015 (AM)

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Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Mission to CAR to assess humanitarian situation and protection needs

A mission to the Central African Republic (CAR) is underway by the UN and European Union to assess the humanitarian situation and protection needs of civilians.

Conditions have been deteriorating since the end of 2013, when the capital Bangui was taken over by a Christian militia called anti-Balaka.

International experts are expected to share their findings and recommendation at a press conference on Saturday.

New declaration on nuclear safety adopted in Vienna

A new declaration on nuclear safety has been unanimously adopted in Austria at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Called the "Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety", it is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen security measures in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan.

Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi, president of the Conference and Argentina’s representative to the IAEA said "by and large, this is a good day for nuclear safety".

Early detection tools developed for farm and wildlife diseases

High tech tools to fight bird flu and other poultry and livestock diseases are now available.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization teamed up with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics to develop new early detection and fast alert systems.

These can prevent and respond to dangerous viral infections in farm animals and wildlife.

The technology will also help understand biological threats to protect the health of humans and the environment as well.

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