News in Brief 06 July 2015 (PM)

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Idriss Jazairy. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Sanctions expert calls for US to lift Cuba embargo

Restoring normal relations between the United States and Cuba must imply lifting the decades-old economic, commercial and finance embargo against the Caribbean nation, according to a UN expert on sanctions.

Idriss Jazairy has welcomed the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries but pointed out that so far the 1962 embargo remains in force.

He said lifting it should bring an end to years of adverse social, economic and humanitarian consequences on Cuba's population, which the UN General Assembly has deplored on numerous occasions.

Expert team wraps up mission to Guinea

An expert team that's helping Guinea to ensure accountability for mass rapes has concluded a two-day visit to the country.

The rapes were committed during an opposition rally in a soccer stadium in September 2009.

The team is part of the UN office investigating sexual violence in conflict.

Through its ongoing efforts, more than 400 people have been heard, resulting in 15 indictments, including for high-ranking military officers.

Better natural resource management critical to sustainable development

More prudent management of natural resources is needed if the world is to end extreme poverty by 2030

That message comes from the UN Environment Programme as world leaders prepare to adopt new sustainable development goals (SDGs) when they meet in New York this September.

The agency says that fulfilling the goals will require "fundamental shifts" in how people view the natural environment in relation to human development.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'41"

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