News in Brief 24 February 2015 (PM)

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Yemen.Photo: OCHA/EmanAl-Awami

Yemen sanctions renewed for a year

Sanctions against Yemen have been renewed by the UN Security Council for the next year.

The measure includes an assets freeze and travel bans on individuals or entities that threaten peace and stability in the Middle Eastern nation.

Secessionist Houthi militants now control the capital Sana'a while President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour has reportedly escaped to the port city of Aden.

Meanwhile, the special envoy for Yemen Jamal Benomar continues to facilitate negotiations with all parties, to bring peace and stability back to the country.

New chair appointed for UN backed climate body

A new chairperson has been appointed for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC, its Bureau has announced.

The decision to name Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as a replacement for Dr Rajendra Pachauri was made during the 44th session of the UN backed climate body.

The UN Spokesperson said that Dr. Pachauri's leadership over the past 13 years has been critical in increasing the world’s understanding of the true nature of climate change.

UN launches $US 300 million appeal for Ukraine

The humanitarian community has appealed for more than $US 300 million to help 3.2 million of the most vulnerable people in Ukraine.

The funds are targeted at life-saving activities such as the distribution of food, healthcare and shelter.

Neal Walker, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, said that needs have intensified since last month and that the "lives and dignity of people in conflict areas are seriously at risk".

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