News in Brief 08 July 2015 (PM)

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UNHCR staff collect plastic sheeting from a warehouse before it is distributed to people in eastern Nepal affected by the devastating earthquake. UNHCR File Photo/D.R. Uprety

Humanitarian aid delivery in Nepal stalled due to "bureaucratic impediments"

Customs procedures and taxation are hampering the delivery of aid to earthquake victims in Nepal.

The UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) said "bureaucratic impediments" have created backlogs of essential shelter materials at the airport in the capital, Kathmandu, and at the border with India.

More than two million people in Nepal are homeless following two major earthquakes which struck in May, killing 8,800 people and injuring tens of thousands.

Financing for Development conference can end gender inequality

An upcoming global conference on financing for development is being viewed as an "enormous opportunity" to end gender inequality.

UN Women, the United Nations gender agency, said conference outcomes—including financing linked to trade, debt, taxation and technology—could make a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide.

The agency said chronic underinvestment in women's empowerment has hindered progress on women's rights and gender equality.

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development will be held next week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

New sites added to World Heritage List

Twenty-four new sites have been added to a UN World Heritage List.

They include an aqueduct in Mexico, a bridge in the United Kingdom, botanical gardens in Singapore and a cluster of Spanish colonial missions in the United States.

The committee responsible for the list this week concluded its latest meeting in Bonn, Germany.

It recommended that heritage protection be included in the mandate of UN peacekeeping missions, where appropriate.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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