News in Brief 25 September 2015 (PM)

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UNHCR is distributing essential items to help displaced families cope with the scorching summer heat in Iraq. Photo: UNHCR Iraq

Millions in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq

Up to 10 million people in Iraq will need some form of humanitarian assistance by the end of this year.

That's according to the UN's Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the country.

Many of those requiring assistance are in areas controlled by the ISIL terrorist organization.

3.2 million people in Iraq have fled their homes in multiple waves of internal displacement since January 2014.

Basic services have barely functioned since then, while food rations and water supplies are also decreasing. Further complicating the situation is a recent cholera outbreak.

The UN said that the Humanitarian Response Plan for the country is thus far only 40 per cent funded.

New era of sustainable development embraced by world leaders

World leaders have welcomed the adoption of the global goals at UN headquarters that will usher in a new era of development. The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by UN Member States on Friday and will guide global development efforts for the next 15 years.

Dignitaries took to the podium following the adoption, heralding the start of a new chapter in human development.

The President of India said addressing the needs of 1.3 billion poor people in the world was not merely a question of their survival and dignity, but a vital necessity for ensuring a "peaceful, sustainable and just world".

The President of Liberia, meantime, said that although the goals were universal in nature, it was now up to each individual country to identify its own development priorities and put in place strategies to ensure the effective implementation of the agenda.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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