News in Brief 13 August 2015 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Evan Schneider

UN chief underscores zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse and misconduct

Senior leaders at UN peacekeeping operations have been reminded by the Secretary-General of their obligation to address sexual exploitation and abuse.

Ban Ki-moon on Thursday held a video conference bringing together heads of mission, military and police chiefs, and other senior field personnel, during which he underlined the organization's zero tolerance policy for misconduct.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN spokesperson:

"He stressed that zero tolerance means zero complacency and zero impunity and that when allegations are substantiated, all personnel – whether military, police or civilians – must be held accountable."

The video conference was organized in the aftermath of reports this week of abuse allegedly committed by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

The Security Council is taking up the subject when it meets on Thursday afternoon.

Former AU-UN camp now part of university in West Darfur

Camp facilities formerly used by the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will now comprise part of a local university.

UNAMID on Thursday announced that it had handed over the two structures in West Darfur state to the Sudanese authorities.

They had previously served as a base for operations.

The Japanese government has also donated items such as computers, printers, chairs and tables that will be used by El Geneina University.

Secretary-General saddened by deadly blasts in northern China

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his sympathies to the people and government of China in the wake of deadly explosions this week at a warehouse in the northern city of Tianjin.

Dozens of people died in the blasts, which also reportedly injured 700 others.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was deeply saddened by the loss of life, and he extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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