News in Brief 20 October 2015 (PM)

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Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, Syria. File Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi

50,000 people displaced from Syrian city

The number of people displaced from the Syrian city of Aleppo and its surroundings has risen to an estimated 50,000.

Residents have been fleeing their homes following renewed military offensives.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"People need tents, water services, basic household kits and cooked meals. Our local humanitarian partners are helping to meet the needs of displaced people."

A total of more than 1.2 million people are internally displaced across the country after more than four years of fighting.

US backs global animal disease threat

The United States government is injecting US$87 million into the global effort to fight animal diseases which also threaten human health.

The US Agency for International Development has worked closely with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization on controlling disease outbreaks, but the extra funds will provide additional help through 2019.

The new money will help with monitoring and surveillance of diseases like Ebola, and avian influenza, which have particularly effected Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Statistics "indispensable" for informed decision-making

Good data and statistics are indispensable for informed decision-making by all sectors of society.

That's the message of the UN Secretary-General on World Statistics Day marked annually on 20 October.

Ban Ki-moon said that as the international community embarks on implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reliable and timely statistics and indicators are more important than ever.

The international day this year is being observed under the theme "Better data, better lives."

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