News in Brief 03 September 2015 (PM)

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Ban Ki-moon speaks to the press. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Secretary-General on resignation of Guatemala President

The UN Secretary-General has appealed to authorities and all sectors in Guatemala to work together to strengthen institutions and  the rule of law.

Ban Ki-moon's comments came in a statement on Thursday following the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina.

Mr Ban said he trusts the authorities will abide by the Constitution and ensure an orderly democratic transition.

The UN chief also called on all Guatemalans to ensure that upcoming elections are held in a peaceful environment.

UN human rights teams to monitor Guatemala elections

Nine teams from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in Guatemala will be monitoring this weekend's elections.

Alberto Brunori is the OHCHR representative for the country.

"We will try to have a deployment in order to prevent forms of violence or conflict that unfortunately has happened repeatedly in the country. We will accompany the national human rights institution, the Ombudsman's office, in its deployment and we certainly will coordinate with the electoral mission of the Organization of American States and hopefully we will have Sunday without violence."

UNICEF: "Heart-breaking" images of child refugees underscore need for action

Global shock over "heart-breaking images" of child refugees in Europe must be matched by action.

That statement comes from Anthony Lake, head of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, who is calling for measures to protect migrant and refugee children.

This includes providing essential services such as health care, food, education and emotional support.

Children comprise at least a quarter of all asylum seekers in Europe, according to UNICEF.

Mr Lake said as the debates over asylum continue, "we must never lose sight of the deeply human nature of this crisis. Nor of the children."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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