News in Brief 06 October 2015 (AM)

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Migrants fleeing Yemen arrive in Bossaso, Puntland in May 2015. File Photo: IOM/2015

Humanitarian plan for Yemen refugees

A US$36 million plan to respond to the refugee crisis in Yemen has been presented to donors in Nairobi by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partner, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The goal is to deliver protection and humanitarian assistance to the estimated 103,000 people who will flee conflict in Yemen for neighbouring countries by the end of this year.

The plan covers the period from October to December and is the result of a process coordinated by the two agencies and their partners in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

It also provides preliminary estimates for 2016.

Numbers could rise to more than 200,000 by the end of that year, according to the agencies.

UNICEF celebrates 50th anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize

The welfare of too many of today's children is being endangered due to "conflict and crisis, deprivation and disadvantage," according to the head of the UN children's agency (UNICEF).

Anthony Lake's comments come in a reflection marking the 50th anniversary of UNICEF being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr Lake said although children born today have far greater chances for survival and to fulfil their potential when compared to those born in 1965, far too many are deprived of all they need to grow up healthy and strong.

The UNICEF chief said his agency will continue to work to ensure all children have the right to what he called "the quiet blessing of a normal childhood."

This, he added, is the surest path to a future where peace is possible.

Data in the service of sustainable development

Harnessing data to support sustainable development is the best way to meet the challenges of the planet, according to the head of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).

The UN agency is co-sponsoring a meeting in Abu Dhabi which aims to make environmental, social and economic data more available and accessible to support the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

World leaders signed off on the 17 SDGs during a UN summit in late September.

They are also expected to adopt a climate deal when they meet in Paris in December.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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