News in Brief 04 March 2015 (PM)

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A boat is rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the Italian Navy. Photo: UNHCR/A. D'Amato (file)

Unsafe migration by sea addressed by UN agencies

Ways to address the high numbers of lives being lost at sea, particularly in the Mediterranean, was the focus of a meeting at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London.

Hundreds of people are reported to have died in recent weeks alone on dangerous and unregulated sea passages.

The talks aimed to facilitate dialogue and promote enhanced cooperation and harmonization between UN agencies, NGOs, governments and the shipping industry.

Lebanese Armed Forces praised by UN

Efforts by the Lebanese Armed Forces to safeguard Lebanon's security and stability from the threat posed by extremist militants have been praised by the UN Special Coordinator for the country.

Sigrid Kaag met with the Minister of Defense Samir Moqbel to discuss the security situation, with a particular focus on Lebanon's eastern border.

The Special Coordinator said the international community would continue to stand firmly behind the Lebanese Armed Forces and security forces.

Cooperation vital to combating wildlife crime, says UN Assembly President

A coordinated international response to the trafficking of wildlife is needed, according to the President of the UN General Assembly.

Sam Kutesa said the approach should be aimed at both the supply and demand side of poaching and the illegal trade in animals.

He described as "worrisome" statistics on wildlife trafficking, with 20,000 elephants and over 10,000 pangolins illegally slaughtered and trafficked in 2013 alone.

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