News in Brief 27 February 2015 (AM)

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UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

Release of hostages held by Somali pirates welcomed

The UN special envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the release of the four remaining crewmen of a Thai fishing vessel.

The hostages were taken at sea by Somali pirates five years ago.

The mission to recover them was led by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and funded by the International Contact Group on Piracy Trust Fund.

Wildlife being sold to the highest bidder

Wildlife crime is slowly stealing the world around us and selling it to the highest bidder, warns UNODC Chief Yuri Fedetov.

He released the statement ahead of the International World Wildlife Day observed annually on 3 March.

Animals are being slaughtered every day for their body parts or stolen from their natural habitats and trafficked for the exotic pet trade.

Forests are also being destroyed to make expensive furniture or other wood products.

Fedetov says public awareness and education is needed to curb demand.

Access to nutritious food lacking in the Philippines

The lack of access to adequate and nutritious food is having a detrimental effect on future generations in the Philippines and must be addressed.

That's what a UN expert on the right to food said at the end of her fact-finding mission to the country.

Hilal Elver urged the Filipino government to promote a clear policy on the right to adequate food.

Some four million children in the country suffer from stunted growth due to child malnutrition.

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