News in Brief 20 May 2015 (PM)

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MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

Attack on UN in Mali condemned

An attack against a residence where several UN military personnel are living in Bamako, Mali, has been strongly condemned by the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.

An unidentified armed assailant shot and wounded a local security guard, who prevented an attempt to set fire to a MINUSMA vehicle parked outside.

Two grenades were later found on site.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"The UN Mission stresses that attacks against UN staff and premises is a serious crime and that the Malian authorities are responsible for the security of UN personnel."

Mali continues to suffer instability as the government battles armed groups in the north of the West African country.

More effort needed to prevent impact of toxic pollution

"Far more effort and resources should be devoted worldwide to protect people from the negative health impacts of toxic pollution", the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes has said.

Baskut Tuncak's call comes as the World Health Organization is meeting in Geneva for the 68th World Health Assembly.

An estimated 13 million people die each year as a result of polluted air, water, and land.

The UN says that pollution is now the leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries.

Visioning a green economy pathway in Asia Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is moving towards a more inclusive green economy, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

Ministers and high level officials from 35 countries in the region have been meeting over the last few days in Bangkok to find solutions to pressing environmental and health challenges.

Those challenges include increasing efforts to tackle climate change and resource-intensive growth as well as the health impacts of pollution.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

Duration: 1’39″

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