News in Brief 24 June 2015 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file)

Child Rights Committee concerned about welfare of sex abuse victims in CAR

Child victims of sexual abuse allegedly committed by foreign troops in the Central African Republic must be protected from reprisals, intrusive media interest or other actions that may put them at risk.

That statement comes from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child which has welcomed the Secretary-General's appointment of an independent panel into the matter.

The three-member panel, which is headed by a former Canadian Supreme Court Justice, will begin work in July and is expected to submit its report within 10 weeks.

South Korea supports UN nuclear education initiatives

A US$1.6 million pledge from South Korea will assist the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in supporting public information initiatives in countries with nuclear power plants.

The funds will be used to develop an e-learning project and activities in the areas of training and capacity building.

They're part of the UN nuclear watchdog's Peaceful Uses Initiative which has already produced e-learning modules covering areas that include safety, emergency preparedness and response.

Spotlight on maritime careers on the Day of the Seafarer

Young people are being encouraged to set sail on a career at sea.

The many  jobs provided by the global maritime industry are the focus of this year's commemoration of the international Day of the Seafarer, observed on 25 June.

Lee Adamson is with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN agency that's behind the day.

"Because ships and shipping transport something like 80 to 90 per cent of world trade—this is including things like fuel and foodstuff, commodities, raw materials and finished products– we need seafarers to carry out that work."

The IMO says because modern ships are built to the highest technical standards, they require skilled and qualified crews. But it adds that seafaring also offers unique opportunities for travel and interacting with people worldwide.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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