News in Brief 30 September 2015 (AM)

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A resident at the Tomping camp sits outside a damaged shelter. UN File Photo/Isaac Billy

Cost of humanitarian crises "overwhelming"

The cost of dealing with humanitarian crises around the world is overwhelming the international community's ability to react according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a meeting on the fringes of the UN General Debate of world leaders looking at preparations for next year's World Humanitarian Summit.

"The scale and cost of meeting humanitarian needs is increasingly overwhelming our capacity to respond. The future will be even worse if we do not take decisive, collective action now."

Mr Ban said armed conflict is by far the greatest driver of humanitarian needs.

More than 60 million people around the world have been forced to abandon their homes due to violence and persecution.

Reports of extrajudicial executions in Afghanistan "particularly disturbing"

In Afghanistan, the UN has said that reports of extrajudicial executions following an outbreak of fighting in the northern city of Kunduz, are "particularly disturbing."

A major attack by the outlawed Taliban group on Monday reportedly left at least 110 civilians dead or injured.

The UN mission in the country said in addition to executions it had received information about abductions, denial of medical care and restrictions on movement out of the city.

It's thought that up to 6,000 civilians have already fled the city due to the fighting.

Initiative launched to protect Central African forests

An initiative to protect forests in the Central African region has been launched at the UN.

The Central African Forest Initiative provides mechanisms to coordinate support so that countries can sustainably use forest land.

The region is home to the world's second largest rainforest and what's been described as a "stunning array of biodiversity"

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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