News in Brief 04 November 2015 (PM)

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In Nepal, mountain infrastructure such as hydropower plants, roads, bridges and communication systems are at risk with climate change and more variability in water runoff. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Lawrence Hislop

Now is the time for compromise and consensus building on climate change

With just three weeks to go before world leaders meet in Paris to negotiate a new climate change agreement, the time for "compromise and consensus building" has come.

That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who addressed Member States at a high-level event in New York on the upcoming summit.

More than 155 countries have already submitted their national climate plans, covering nearly 90 per cent of global emissions.

The UN chief said those plans represented a "significant down-payment" on a safer, healthier and more prosperous future.

Still, he warned, several issues remained unresolved and needed to be worked out by negotiators before the Paris summit kicks off next month.

One million Yemenis still in danger after Cyclone Chapala makes landfall

An estimated one million people in Yemen remain in harm's way, despite the weakening of Cyclone Chapala the UN has warned.   The tropical storm, which is unusual in the region, slammed into Yemen's southern coast dumping a year's worth of rain in a matter of hours.

The UN and its partners are said to be using all available routes to deliver assistance, but flooding and storm surges are making access difficult.

The storm made landfall after nine months of intense fighting between the Government and rebel forces in the country.

Head of UN Agency for Palestine Refugees thanks Japan for support

In a first-of-its-kind meeting, the head of the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has been welcomed in Tokyo by Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl was joined in the meeting by three students from Gaza.

The group expressed gratitude for Japan's long-standing support to the refugees.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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