News in Brief 15 June 2015 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Professor Esen Aydogdiyev, Rector of the International University for Humanities and Development, during the presentation of the UN Academic Impact certificate in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Future peace, development "hinge on human rights" in Turkmenistan

All efforts for sustainable development must involve a deep respect for human rights and the strengthening of the rule of law, the UN Secretary-General said as he concluded his five-day tour of Central Asia.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking to a gathering of local officials and students at the University for Humanities and Development in Ashgabat the capital of Turkmenistan.

He applauded the country's steps towards a climate-friendly future and the Government’s action plan for moving toward a green economy.

Kuwait contributes additional US$ 20 million to WHO in Syria

The Government of Kuwait has contributed an additional US$ 20 million to provide life-saving treatments to people impacted by the conflict inside Syria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The new funding brings Kuwait's support to war-affected Syrians to US$ 65 million.

The number of people affected by the conflict has reportedly reached 12.2 million, of whom 7.6 million are internally displaced.

New cooperation between UN and China's Food and Drug Administration

An enhanced cooperation in the field of food and drug safety is to take place between the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and China's Food and Drug Administration (CFDA).

It will reportedly have a focus on pharmaceutical trade, technology transfer and local production in Africa.

A memorandum of understanding was recently signed in Beijing between the two organizations.

UNIDO has helped more than 230 food-processing enterprises in Asia and Africa become certified in line with international quality and food safety management system standards.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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