News in Brief 22 October 2015 (PM)

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UN Cholera station, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF South Sudan

Stepping up the fight against cholera worldwide

The fight against deadly outbreaks of cholera in Africa and the Middle East, is being stepped up by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Close to eleven thousand cases of the deadly disease, including 170 deaths have been reported, in countries including Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.

WHO says it's worried about the disease spreading rapidly, especially in the light of extremely wet weather forecast for sub-Saharan Africa.

Iraq has 1800 cases, the DRC nearly 4,000 and Tanzania, nearly 5,000. Alvaro Rodriguez is the UN country representative there. He says local partnerships are the key, especially when it comes to clean water:

"There is work with some of the water companies, and very importantly with municipal authorities, to see how one can expand the range of supply. Not necessarily through pipes. It may have to be bottled until proper infrastructure is built."

Aid released for emergency relief in the Central African Republic

Humanitarian relief to the tune of US$12 million was allocated to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Thursday, from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund.

The aid was announced by the UN's Humanitarian Affairs chief, Stephen O'Brien, who has been one a two-day visit to the country.

There has been a large upsurge in violence against civilians in the CAR, causing thousands to flee their homes. Elections are due to take place by the end of 2015.

Haitians should exercise their democratic rights, says UN Secretary-General

Haitians going to the polls on Sunday should embrace their democratic rights, said the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

In a statement ahead of the first round of the presidential vote, and the second round of legislative elections, he warned against any repeat of the violence and intimidation that marred voting in August.

Mr Ban praised the national police force and the Provisional Electoral Council for their efforts so far, and said that any disputes over results should be resolved peacefully.

Star-studded concert for UN's 70 birthday celebrations

Artists including Lang-Lang, and Korean pop duo, Davichi, will be among the talent performing at a special concert on Friday, to mark the UN's 70th birthday.

The event taking place inside the General Assembly Hall in New York will be a curtain-raiser for the main birthday festivities which take place on Saturday, 70 years since the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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