News in Brief 04 August 2015 (PM)

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US President Barack Obama (left) greets Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his arrival at the White House. UN Photo/Mark Garten

President Obama lauded for human rights role

The US President Barrack Obama has been lauded by the UN Secretary-General for his "strong support for human rights."

Following a meeting with President Obama at the White House in Washington DC, Ban Ki-moon said the rights of people in conflict areas are being abused.

He commended the President for his leadership on South Sudan and his support in tackling climate change.

They also discussed how to mobilize US$100 billion for climate financing.

Concern raised over funding for UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General has expressed his deep concern over the financial situation confronting the UN agency working with Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

He said he was worried about the humanitarian, political and security consequences that will result if adequate and sustainable financing for 2015 and beyond is not immediately made available.

UNRWA supports a population of some five million Palestinian refugees, including schools for half a million children.

2.7 million need humanitarian aid in CAR

More than half of the population of 5.7 million people in the Central African Republic is in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR said shelter, food, basic health care, protection, water and sanitation and other humanitarian assistance was needed.

The security situation there remains volatile due to criminality and clashes between rival armed groups.

The insecurity has forced over 820,000 people to flee their homes; half have crossed into neighbouring countries as refugees.

US$17 million to fight HIV,TB and malaria in Pacific Region

The UN Development Programme has said a total of US$17 million has been set aside to fight HIV, TB and malaria in the Pacific Region.

Vulnerable communities in 11 Pacific island countries are to benefit.

TB, HIV and sexually transmitted infections are serious public health issues in the Pacific.

TB incidence in the participating countries is higher than the global average at 130 per 100,000 people.

The malaria funds will be spent on achieving universal coverage of insecticide-treated bed nets for the people of Vanuatu.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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