News in Brief 17 July 2015

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Sandra Honoré heads the UN mission in Haiti. UN File Photo/L. Felipe

International community reaffirms commitment to Haiti ahead of elections

Haiti's upcoming elections represent a "major opportunity" to reaffirm international solidarity with the country.

That’s according to the head of the UN stabilization mission in the country, (MINUSTAH).

Sandra Honoré was speaking in New York where Haiti's Prime Minister joined senior UN officials and members of the diplomatic community to gather support for the vote, which starts on 9 August.

Six million Haitians are expected to take part in an electoral process that could last through the end of the year.

This includes Presidential elections–for the third consecutive time in the country's history.

 

UN refugee agency calls for more support for Myanmar displaced

More concerted effort is needed to help displaced people in Myanmar, according to a top official of the UN refugee agency, (UNHCR).

Volker Türk this week completed a five-day visit to the Southeast Asian country where 140,000 are still displaced in Rakhine state following inter-communal violence three years ago.

Rakhine state is located in western Myanmar.  It is also home to an estimated one million people of undetermined citizenship who are affected by restrictions including on freedom of movement and access to health services.

 

Africa needs to be a place of opportunity for youth: UNDP

Despite impressive economic growth rates in Africa, the continent's youth are being sidelined by a lack of opportunity, the UN Development Programme, (UNDP), has warned.

It said young Africans are facing challenges such as high unemployment; unsafe migration, including across the Mediterranean Sea, and religious-inspired extremism.

UNDP is launching an initiative to address these issues.

Objectives include supporting young people's political participation and understanding what drives radicalization.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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