News in Brief 05 November 2015 (PM)

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Internally displaced children, victims of conflict in Colombia. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Access to Cypriot burial sites welcomed by UN

An agreement by Turkey to provide access to 30 suspected burial sites in military areas in the north of Cyprus has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

Over 2,000 Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots went missing as a result of conflict on the Mediterranean island in 1963 and 1974.

It's thought the remains of many of those people are located in the burial sites.

Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the steps being taken to build trust and confidence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

The two sides have recently begun intensified talks to reunify the divided island.

Colombian rebel group commits to stopping child recruitment

A commitment made by the FARC rebel group in Colombia to stop the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18 has been welcomed by the UN.

The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui said it was an important step to protect young people in the South American country.

She added that it would bring the FARC's recruitment practices in line with national and international law.

A conflict between the Government and FARC has dragged on for 51 years, claiming nearly a quarter of a million lives.

First education for sustainable development prize awarded

Three grass-roots organizations have become the first recipients of a new education for sustainable development prize.

The award is jointly sponsored by Japan and the UN culture and education agency, UNESCO.

The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said that "sustainable development requires new ways of seeing the world, new ways of thinking, new ways of acting."

The three organizations, Asociación SERES from Guatemala and El Salvador, Jayagiri Centre from Indonesia and rootAbility from Germany are each receiving  US$ 50,000.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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