News in Brief 30 June 2015 (PM)

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Nicholas Kay. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

Somalia congratulated on 55th Independence anniversary

Somalia has been congratulated by the United Nations on the occasion of its 55th Independence Anniversary.

The Horn of Africa country has faced more than 20 years of political instability and recurrent droughts and floods.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Nicholas Kay commended the progress achieved in the ongoing peace building and state-building processes.

He also praised domestic and international security forces for their role in combatting violent extremism in the country.

China and South Korea praised for submitting climate targets

The formal submission of climate change targets by China and the Republic of Korea has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

It's hoped the international community will come to an agreement in Paris, France in December to restrict the increase in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius.

Ban Ki-moon said the targets are an important "contribution to building momentum and strengthening prospects for reaching a new and meaningful climate change agreement."

Submissions have now been received from over 40 countries that together represent over 60 per cent of global emissions.

Pop-up registration for NYC ID card launched at UN

And finally staff at the United Nations are being given an opportunity to become official New Yorkers.

A pop-up registration booth for the recently launched New York City identity card was formally opened at the United Nations building by the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio and the UN chief.

Ban Ki-moon said the card was very practical and will be of particular benefit to the diplomatic community living in New York.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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