News in Brief 16 October 2015 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 3rd World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED). UNTV (video capture)

Local solutions key to unlocking global progress

The important role of local communities for global development has been highlighted by the UN Secretary-General at the Third World Forum on Local Economic Development in Turin, Italy.

Participants at this week's forum discussed how local communities can contribute to sustainable development and the achievement of the new global goals.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says poverty, hunger, violence and social unrest all pose serious challenges to the well-being of people worldwide.

"These very grave concerns are at the top of the international agenda – governments are responding and so are local communities"

Mr Ban said cities, regions and territories can all contribute to the advancement of the global goals.

Outrage over execution of juvenile in Iran

The execution of a juvenile offender in Iran has been met with outrage and profound sadness from UN human rights experts. Fatemeh Salbehi was convicted of killing her husband, who she had been forced to marry at age 16.

UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said Ms Salbehi's execution was a disturbing example of the country's surging execution rates. At least 700 people have been executed in Iran this year.

Number of internally-displaced Iraqis tops 3.2 million

More than 3.2 million Iraqis are displaced within their country, according to the latest figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The head of IOM's mission in Iraq expressed concern that displacement continues to increase in the country and called for stronger international support for those who've fled their homes. The recent increase in the number of displaced is being blamed on fighting between armed groups and Iraqi security forces, particularly near Falluja, Kirkuk and Mosul.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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