News in Brief 27 October 2015 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Condemnation for airstrike on Yemen hospital

The United Nations has condemned airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen which completely destroyed a hospital and injured several people in Sa'dah governorate on Monday.

The Hayadeen Medical Hospital was run by Médecins Sans Frontières with support from the UN children's agency, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident.

He stressed that hospitals and medical personnel are "explicitly protected" under international law.

UNICEF chief Anthony Lake pointed out that the facility was the 39th health centre hit since escalation of violence in March.

He appealed to all sides to bring an end to the fighting.

UNICEF and H&M Foundation support early childhood programmes

More than 45,000 children in six African and Asian countries have benefited so far from programmes provided through the UN children's agency, UNICEF, and a non-profit global foundation started by the clothing retailer H&M.

The partnership supports community-based projects in the area of early childhood development, as well as educational media and nutrition programmes for children up to six years old.

It was launched last year by UNICEF and the H&M Conscious Foundation with the goal of reaching 75,000 children over a three-year period.

The partners are also working to get governments to put early childhood development on their national agendas.

Young writers off to Paris climate change talks

Five aspiring journalists will be covering the upcoming climate change talks in Paris after winning a contest run by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxfam, the international charity that fights poverty.

The winners of the Voices2Paris storytelling contest are from Guyana, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria and Peru.

Their entries were judged not only on content, but also on photographs and how well they incorporated climate science.

Over 130 articles were submitted and the top 25 will be disseminated through the media and online, together with the winning entries.

The UN climate change conference takes place in the French capital in December with the aim of limiting global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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