News in Brief 13 May 2015 (AM)

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Displaced people in North Kivu. Photo: UNHCR/B. Sokol (file)

Grave violations of humanitarian law reported in DR Congo

Grave violations of international humanitarian law were committed in the DR Congo by a rebel group from Uganda, according to a new UN report.

The violations, which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, were committed in Beni territory in North Kivu province, over a three-month period at the end of 2014.

The report says at least 237 civilians were killed, including 65 women and 35 children, by the Allied Democratic Forces.

The rebels used machetes, hammers and knives to wound or execute civilians.

Efforts in place in Nepal prepared hospitals and workers for natural disaster

The earthquakes and continuing aftershocks in Nepal highlight the importance of disaster risk reduction efforts over the past decade, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN health agency said measures were taken to ensure key hospitals and health workers would be ready in an emergency or natural disaster.

Two recent earthquakes reportedly failed to disrupt services at Kathmandu's largest public hospitals.

First African Green Growth Forum aims to unlock continent’s potential

The first ever meeting looking at the opportunities in Africa for boosting environmentally-friendly growth opened on Wednesday in Nairobi.

The African Regional Green Growth Forum, attended by the President of Kenya is co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The two-day conference will work to identify the barriers to Africa’s sustainable development, and the ways to achieve green growth to improve livelihoods.

It will focus on three key areas—new financing models for green growth, sustainable urbanization and sustainable lifestyles.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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