News in Brief 30 July 2015 (AM)

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Palestinian refugee from Syria in Jordan. Amman, March 2015 © 2015 UNRWA Photo

Palestinian refugees from Syria living in Jordan receiving support from EU

The European Union (EU) has donated US$ 2.2 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to support emergency response for Palestinian refugees from Syria living in Jordan.

UNRWA said the donation will help preserve the resilience and mitigate the vulnerability of the Palestinian refugees.

The agency also underlined that its long-standing partnership with the EU has allowed millions of refugees to be better educated, to live healthier lives and to access employment opportunities.

International Friendship Day to counter "destructive trends"

The global community is marking the International Day of Friendship on Thursday.

In a message, the UN chief described friendship as of "paramount importance" to confront discrimination, malice and cruelty that drive conflicts and atrocities afflicting millions of people.

Ban Ki-moon said these "destructive trends" must be countered with a renewed commitment to finding common humanity and fostering shared progress.

Report warns Borneo’s orangutans face severe threats

Over 80 per cent of the orangutan’s remaining habitat in Borneo could be lost by the year 2080 if the island’s current land-use policies remain intact, according to a new United Nations report.

The study reveals that the massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for agricultural development, primarily for oil palm, will leave the endangered orangutans fragmented and facing extinction.

The UN says the environmental impact of climate change exacerbated by the deforestation of Borneo could also result in severe floods, temperature rises and other negative effects.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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