News in Brief 12 August 2015 (PM)

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Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Latest round of Libya talks conclude in Geneva

Talks on Libya concluded in Geneva on Wednesday with parties reaffirming their commitment to ending the country's political crisis and military conflict.

That message comes from the UN negotiator, Bernardino Leon, who presided over the two days of dialogue.

Libya has been plagued by a political crisis and fighting between warring parties stemming from the overthrow of former president Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

Mr Leon, the UN envoy for Libya, reported that delegates to the talks focused on the need to "set aside partisan agendas and uphold the higher national interests."

Humanitarian chief presses for more support for aid workers in Yemen

Aid relief is reaching displaced people in Yemen but the needs are still great, according to the UN humanitarian affairs chief.

Stephen O'Brien is in the country where an ongoing conflict between government forces and rebel groups has caused 21 million people—or four out of five Yemenis—to require humanitarian assistance.

“It’s absolutely vital we come and see it for ourselves. It is with that testimony that we are able to go back to the wider world to impress upon them the need to be engaged with supporting the humanitarian workers here in Yemen.”

Yemen is facing a major food crisis as sieges have been preventing staple items from reaching the population.

Meanwhile, airstrikes have reportedly targeted local markets and trucks transporting food.

Reports suggest that 850,000 children face acute malnutrition – a figure that is expected to rise to 1.2 million over the coming weeks, if the conflict persists at its present level.

Envoy highlights role of youth in creating a prosperous and peaceful Somalia

Youth have "a very important and active role" in rebuilding a prosperous and peaceful Somalia, according to the UN envoy for the country.

Nicholas Kay saluted Somali young people on the occasion of International Youth Day, observed on Wednesday.

He said young people can contribute as entrepreneurs or "agents of change" by bringing their energy, talent and creativity.

Mr Kay also spoke of the need to address what he described as Somalia's "dangerously high" youth unemployment numbers.

He urged international donors and the government to prioritize this issue.

No justification for indiscriminate killings says UN chief after Nigeria bombing

The United Nations has reiterated its support to Nigeria as it fights against terrorism.

This follows a deadly bombing in the north-east of the country on Tuesday which killed more than 40 people.

In expressing his sadness over the incident, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that there is no justification for indiscriminate killing.

He also extended condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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