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The number of displaced people in Iraq has reached more than three million, according to IOM. File Photo: UNHCR/S. Baldwin

Iraqi displaced surpasses three million

The number of displaced people in Iraq has reached more than three million, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday.

IOM coordinates with the Iraqi authorities in tracking displacement across the country.

It said the majority of those displaced—nearly 90 per cent—come from three governorates: Anbar, Ninewa and Salah al-Din.

IOM and the UN humanitarian team in Iraq are assisting the displaced by providing shelter, health care, psychological support and other relief.

UN Syria envoy condemns shelling of civilian areas

The UN envoy for Syria has condemned the shelling of neighbourhoods and other civilian areas in the country.

Staffan de Mistura said the use of indiscriminate weapons continues to kill and injure civilians.

Air strikes this week reportedly killed nearly 50 people in the capital, Damascus.

Mr de Mistura called on warring parties to focus on finding a political solution to what he characterized as "the unacceptable situation" in Syria.

Countries to get help with implementing "ambitious" new development agenda

Countries will be able to count on the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to help them implement the new global development agenda, according to a senior official from the agency.

Gina Casar, UNDP Associate Administrator, made the pledge in Mexico on Thursday during her first official visit to the country.

All 193 UN member states have agreed on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at creating a more just world for all people while also protecting the planet.

They're expected to be adopted when heads of state meet at the UN next month.

"2015 is the year, one of the most important years, for development.  As you know, just recently in New York the member states came to a decision to adopt this new agenda during September and we have 17 objectives. They are really ambitious. They are universal. And one of the important and more difficult things will be how to measure these indicators. So I think UNDP will play a very important role in supporting the national governments in implementing this ambitious agenda."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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