News in Brief 26 September 2015 (AM)

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Sculpture depicting St. George slaying the dragon. The dragon is created from fragments of Soviet SS-20 and United States Pershing nuclear missiles. UN Photo/Milton Grant

UN marks International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The only way to guarantee nuclear weapons are never used again is through their "total elimination", according to the UN Secretary-General.

Speaking on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, he urged countries to take steps to bridge their sharp differences on the issue to create a safer world.

It has been 70 years since two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.

Strong support for China-USA announcement on climate change

A joint announcement by China and the United States on climate change has been welcomed by the UN chief. The announcement details the significant steps each country is aiming to take to address climate change.

It's is seen as a positive step toward a new, comprehensive climate change agreement. Countries are slated to meet in Paris at the end of this year to iron out the specifics of that deal.

Partners stress linkages between health and education

More effective collaboration is needed between the health and education sectors to improve the lives of girls and women in lower income countries. That's the message coming from a number of UN agencies, following the adoption of the new global development goals.

Experts are emphasizing the mutually-reinforcing benefits of education and health, saying that devoting more resources to education, particularly for girls, delivers improved health outcomes – while investing in children's health helps their ability to learn.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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