News in Brief 26 March 2015 (PM)

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The Secretary-General with H.E. Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Afghan President meets UN Secretary-General

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai of Afghanistan on Thursday visited the United Nations for the first time since becoming the Asian country's leader.

The President discussed with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the stronger ties that Afghanistan is building in the region as well as the importance of trade and economic development.

Ban Ki-moon underlined the strong historical relationship between Afghanistan and the UN and reiterated the Organization's commitment to continue supporting the Afghan government and people.

UN refugee chief calls for more assistance to Cameroon

The international community has been urged to greatly increase humanitarian and development assistance to Cameroon which is hosting thousands of refugees.

The appeal has been made by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, after visiting Minawo camp in Cameroon's Far North Region which hosts people who have fled Boko Haram terrorist attacks.

Cameroon is hosting a total of more than 350,000 refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic, according to the UN Refugee agency.

Proposal to rescind rules governing UN staff benefits rejected

A draft proposal to rescind rules governing the benefits and entitlements of UN staff members has been rejected by a budget committee

In 2014, the UN changed how it categorizes staff members' personal status, allowing more same-sex couples access to the same benefits enjoyed by their heterosexual counterparts.

Eighty Member States voted against the draft decision, which revolved around such principles as the Secretary-General's prerogatives in organizational matters, equality of UN employees, national sovereignty, and transparency.

The text received 43 votes in favour, while 37 delegations abstained.

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