News in Brief 02 October 2015 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UNTV (video capture)

New development agenda can reduce violence

The newly agreed goals for sustainable development could help to reduce violence, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Speaking on the International Day of Non-Violence marked annually on 2 October, Ban Ki-moon said the goals would promote harmony between people and the planet and make the world a safer place.

Non-violence day celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy of non-violence.

Here's Ban Ki-moon.

"Today, at a time of escalating conflicts, rising extremism, massive displacement and rapidly growing humanitarian need, Mahatma Gandhi's dedication to non-violence remains an example for us all."

Submission of national climate action plans welcomed by UN

The submission of national climate action plans by 147 countries has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

The plans set out each country's commitment to reducing harmful global greenhouse gas emissions.

The 193 UN Member States have been asked to submit their proposals ahead of a climate change conference which is taking place in Paris this December.

The UN chief said the submissions provide a "solid foundation for a universal and meaningful" climate change agreement.

Penultimate ratification of children’s rights treaty welcomed

The ratification by Somalia of a UN children’s convention has been welcomed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children's rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life.

Somalia is the 196th state to ratify the treaty.

The United States is the only country which has yet to do so.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Duration: 1’57″

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