News in Brief 06 March 2015 (AM)

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Nimrud Lamassu’s at the North West Palace of Ashurnasirpal, Iraq. Photo: UNESCO

Destruction of Nimrud in Iraq condemned by UN

The destruction of the city of Nimrud in Iraq has been condemned in what has been described as the "strongest possible manner" by the United Nations.

The Iraqi government confirmed that the site, which was founded more than 3,300 years ago, was attacked by armed extremists using bulldozers.

The UN said it is a reminder that nothing is safe from the cultural cleansing underway in the country.

The UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, referred the incident to the President of the Security Council as well as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

TOMS shoes to help keep Palestinian refugee children warm

A partnership has been established between the shoe company TOMS and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, to support Palestinian children in Jordan and Gaza.

In addition to giving shoes to UNRWA students, TOMS is supporting local distribution expenses to cover the cost of vehicle rentals, fuel, storage and the labour required to get the shoes to the children.

UNRWA says receiving an essential clothing items allows families to free their resources to purchase food.

Women farmers key to fighting hunger

Leaders from three Rome-based UN food agencies gathered on Friday to remind the world that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security.

Testimonials were shared ahead of International Women's Day, on how innovative interventions have empowered rural women and contributed to food security and nutrition.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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