News in Brief 21 April 2015 (PM)

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Ivan Šimonović briefs journalists. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

Greater protection for civilians urged in Afghanistan

Greater protection for civilians in Afghanistan has been urged by the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Ivan Šimonović said Afghanistan is experiencing an increasingly difficult security situation following the withdrawal of foreign troops and the transfer of security duties to the Afghan National Security Forces.

Mr Šimonović has just concluded a seven-day mission to the country.

UNICEF and Vatican launch new partnership for disadvantaged adolescents

A new partnership to provide disadvantaged adolescents with the information and skills they need to get on in life has been announced by the UN children's agency, UNICEF, and the Vatican.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the initiative was launched in Rome on Tuesday during a meeting between the head of UNICEF Anthony Lake and Pope Francis

"The five-year collaboration will focus on expanding access to technology, sports and the arts — platforms for education, participation and peacebuilding." (08")

2 million people displaced by conflict in Ukraine

The latest figures released by the UN show that more than 2 million people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The UN humanitarian office, OCHA says that reports from aid workers on the ground indicate that displaced people are reluctant to return to non-government controlled areas because of insecurity and the fear of possible persecution for political reasons.

It also says that the humanitarian situation in Luhansk is critical.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

Duration: 1’27″

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