News in Brief 28 May 2015 (AM)

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A mother and her tiny infant rest in the Ahmedi Hospital in Northern Iraq. UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade (file)

Urgent funding needed for health care projects in Iraq

More than 84 per cent of UN health care projects in Iraq will be forced to close if urgently needed funds are not secured by the end of June this year.

This warning has come from the World Health Organization (WHO) which warns that more than 3 million refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities would have no access to healthcare and treatment.

WHO is calling on donors to urgently provide financial support to prevent further avoidable deaths and suffering for millions of the most vulnerable people in conflict-torn Iraq.

Belgium thanked for supporting UN peace efforts in Africa

Belgium has been thanked by the UN Secretary-General for its contribution to United Nations peacebuilding efforts including its role in promoting peace in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ban Ki-moon on Thursday concluded his visit to the country where he met with government officials.

Stéphane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"He then met with the European Commissioner for migration and they discussed the plight of migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean and how to address this problem in a comprehensive manner."

The Secretary-General also received an honorary degree from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Three UN peacekeepers injured in Mali

A terrorist act in which three UN peacekeepers were injured in Mali has been strongly condemned by the UN Mission in the country (MINUSMA).

A UN spokesperson said that a convoy of MINUSMA hit a mine on the road between Teherdge and Timbuktu on Thursday.

The UN mission stressed that mines affect UN personnel and civilians without distinction.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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