News in Brief 09 October 2015 (AM)

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Special Representative for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in the country, known as UNSMIL, Bernardino León (left) holding talks in Geneva on a political agreement. Photo: UNSMIL

Libyan leaders urged to agree new unity government

Parties in Libya are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to quickly sign an agreement on the country's proposed unity government.

Ban Ki-moon has welcomed proposed nominees for the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord which were announced by the UN on Thursday.

He called on Libya's leaders not to squander this opportunity to, in his words, "put the country back on the path to building a state that reflects the spirit and ambitions of the 2011 revolution."

Libya has been engulfed in a political and military crisis since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi four years ago.

Aligning global financial systems with sustainable development

A "quiet revolution" is underway as policy makers and regulators move to integrate sustainable development considerations into financial systems.

That insight is among the findings in 'The Financial System We Need,' a report launched this week by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The study took two years and looks at practices in 15 countries as well as key segments of the financial system such as banking, bond and equity markets, insurance and monetary policy.

The report also finds that emerging nations such as Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Kenya and Peru are leading efforts to better align the global financial system to support sustainable development.

Empower girls, end AIDS

Ensuring respect for the human rights of young women and girls will be critical to ending the AIDS epidemic, according to the UN agency working to fight the disease.

UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibé says that when young women and girls are free to make what he referred to as "life-defining choices," it not only changes the course of their lives but also that of their families, communities and societies.

His comments come in a statement for the on International Day of the Girl Child, observed this Sunday, 11 October.

UNAIDS is calling on the international community to "seize the historic opportunity" of the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals to commit to actions that protect and support young women and girls.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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