News in Brief 12 October 2015 (AM)

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UN staff member assassinated in Afghanistan

The assassination of a UN staff member working in Afghanistan has been confirmed by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.

The mission said one of its workers was murdered on Monday in the southern city of Kandahar.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"The Secretary-General's Special Representative, Nicholas Haysom, has confirmed that the staff member, Toorpaki Ulfat, who has worked for UNAMA for the past five years, was a respected human rights defender. Initial reports indicate that Ms Ulfat was killed by gunfire from unknown persons on a motorcycle."

UN begins consideration of upcoming budget

A US$4.47 billion dollar budget for the United Nations for 2016 and 2017 has been proposed by the Secretary-General.

The proposal is 1.6 per cent less than the budget for the current biennium.

The new proposal includes allocations for new and extended mandates, including public information activities to promote wider use of all official UN languages.

Resources were also earmarked for efforts to strengthen the human rights treaty body system and some renovation works at various UN offices.

US$ 100m pledged to support Palestinian refugees

Twenty-two UN Member States are planning to pledge US$ 100 million to support next year's budget of the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

The agency provides educational, health, relief and social services for some five million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza.

UNWRA said that the money would cover a part of the basic needs of the Agency to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of essential services.

It said it expects to face a deficit of US$ 81 million, lower than in previous years.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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