News in Brief 03 November 2015 (AM)

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Since armed unrest erupted more than 4 years ago in Syria, WHO has taken a lead role to support the displaced. File Photo: WHO Syria

Medical supplies reach besieged Syrians for first time since July

Syrians in desperate need of medical supplies in besieged areas of the war-torn country, have been reached by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time since July.

More than 290,000 life-saving treatments have been delivered to Dara'a and Hama.

The vital shipments include anti-biotics, cardiovascular medicines and burn kits.

Dara'a, which has been besieged under intense fighting, has very few remaining medical facilities, following more than four years of conflict.

The high number of internally-displaced civilians and "imminent" disease outbreaks means that it's especially important for medical aid to get through, according to the WHO.

Since the beginning of the year, the WHO has delivered more than 16 million treatments to people inside Syria.

Anti-corruption drive needed to protect the world's wildlife

An anti-corruption drive is needed to help protect the world's wildlife and forests.

That's the view of the Executive Director of the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yuri Fedotov.

He was speaking at the start of a high-level meeting on the link between corruption and the illegal wildlife and forestry trade.

Mr Fedotov said action was needed on several fronts.

"We need to identify corruption risks, in the agencies tasked with protecting wildlife and forestry resources. Secondly we need to devise strategies to mitigate this risk. Thirdly, we need to empower communities and other key players to identify and address corruption, and finally, we need public action which demonstrates that corruption will not be tolerated."

He added that UN member states needed to view wildlife and forest crime as serious, and strengthen laws against it.

Climate change will leave millions more malnourished, warns UN expert

Climate change could mean an extra 600 million people becoming malnourished by 2080, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

Hilal Elver, said that those who had contributed the least to global warming, would be the ones who are likely to suffer the most from its consequences.

She said that trying to increase large-scale food production was "not the right solution" as it would not lead to sustainable farming.

Smaller-scale, solutions that rely on traditional methods and new so-called "agro-ecology" techniques were the way forward she added.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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