News in Brief 03 July 2015 (AM)

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The UN Secretary-General address the CARICOM Summit in Bridgetown, Barbados. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Caribbean praised for role on climate change

The Caribbean region has been praised by the UN Secretary-General as one of the "strongest leaders" in responding to the challenge of climate change.

Ban Ki-moon said the region, which is characterized by many low-lying island nations, is among the smallest contributors to the phenomenon.

Mr Ban said the region's leadership on renewable energy and catastrophe risk insurance was a powerful example for others to follow.

The UN chief was speaking at the CARICOM summit of Caribbean leaders.

Children "disproportionately affected" by violence in Burundi

Children continue to be disproportionately affected by the prolonged instability and election-related violence in Burundi, according to the UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF).

The agency reported an additional three deaths of children in the past five days including one by grenade blast in the eastern province of Muyinga.

So far eight children have been killed in violence related to the elections.

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest child malnutrition rates.

Fatal shooting of Palestinian teenager condemned

The fatal shooting of a Palestinian teenager by the Israel Defense Forces has been condemned by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Nickolay Mladenov said the 17-year-old was shot during an alleged stone-throwing incident.

He said he was increasingly concerned by the continued deadly incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, against both Israelis and Palestinians.

He added that what he described as "tragic incidents", once again, highlight the need for a return to a political process in the hope that two states could live side-by-side in peace and security.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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