News in Brief 31 March 2015 (PM)

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US pledges US$ 57.4 million to support Palestinians affected by Syria crisis

The United States Government has announced a new US$ 57.4 million contribution to enable the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) to continue aiding people affected by the conflict in Syria.

UNRWA says the US is their largest bilateral donor, funding lifesaving assistance for refugees facing hardship, danger and dislocation from more than four years of civil war.

The agency said violence has profoundly affected the twelve refugee camps and all 560,000 Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA in Syria.

The United States made the announcement in Kuwait City at the third annual International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.

Ceasefire agreement in Myanmar is "historic" achievement

A ceasefire agreement between Myanmar's Government and 16 ethnic armed groups after more than 60 years of conflict has been described as a "historic achievement" by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar.

Vijay Nambiar said the signing of the agreement is a first step towards a larger dialogue for settling political and military issues.

He added that this signals that new levels of trust and cooperation are possible between former enemies.

Milestone reached in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo marked a milestone on Tuesday with the signing by commanders of the Congolese Army of a landmark declaration to combat rape in war.

The announcement was made by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura.

She said this signing shows the progress that can be made when political will and commitment are coupled with concrete action and support from the international community.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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