News in Brief 23 April 2015 (PM)

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Aerial view of the dwindling ice on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

“Tragic” consequences of climate change

The dramatic impact of climate change on people’s lives demands a collective response, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

José Graziano da Silva said the international community needs to come together to tackle climate change.

He added that climate-related factors were already having a direct and “tragic” consequence on the world’s most vulnerable people.

UN calls for humanitarian access in South Sudan

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan has called for the unconditional freedom of movement for aid workers in the country.

Toby Lanzer's request has come in response to deteriorating conditions for humanitarian organizations in Pagak, in Upper Nile State.

Meanwhile in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile State, the UN mission (UNMISS) has reported the resumption of fighting a kilometre south of the mission’s compound.

Saudi Arabia donates US$274m to Yemen humanitarian appeal

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been recognized by the United Nations for its US$274 million donation towards the recently issued humanitarian appeal for Yemen.

The UN is warning that the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which will be revised in the coming weeks, will require additional support for the rest of the year.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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