News in Brief 08 October 2015 (PM)

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Malnutrition is a challenge throughout Sudan. File Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

Child malnutrition "challenge" in Sudan

Funding constraints and lack of access to communities is hampering delivery of food aid in Sudan where more than two million children under the age of five are malnourished, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported.

Malnutrition is a challenge throughout the country but OCHA said some of the highest rates can be found in the east, which it described as being "relatively peaceful."

Meanwhile, acute malnutrition rates in parts of North Darfur have reached over 25 per cent which is "considerably higher" than the emergency threshold of 15 per cent.

South Sudan asked to investigate "hostile" assault of UN staff

Authorities in South Sudan are being urged by the UN mission there, UNMISS, to immediately investigate the physical assault of some of its staff by soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

The UN military and civilian personnel were travelling from the capital, Juba, to Central Equatoria state on Wednesday when they were ordered to exit their vehicle at a checkpoint and were then assaulted.

The patrol decided to return to the capital due to what the UN mission described as "the highly hostile attitude."

UNMISS has issued a statement condemning "such hostile acts" and has called on the government to investigate the matter and hold those accountable responsible.

The mission also reminded the authorities of the need to allow unfettered access to UN staff as stated in an agreement signed between the United Nations and the government.

Empower people with disabilities

Momentum generated by the adoption of the new sustainable development agenda can be used to further empower people with disabilities, including autism, the deputy ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UN said on Thursday.

Hahn Choong-hee  was speaking at an event at UN Headquarters ahead of World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October.

Autism is a developmental disorder that usually has an onset during childhood but tends to persist into adulthood, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

"With the recent adoption of the transformative 2030 agenda, as you know, we see the first-ever explicit reference to disabilities in our development goals. We need to build on this momentum to further empower persons with disabilities like autism and to provide social support for their families, caregivers and communities. We must seize this unique unprecedented opportunity to ensure that no one is left behind."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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