News in Brief 06 November 2015 (PM)

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Burning barricades in Bujumbura, as turmoil erupted in Burundi. Photo: Desire Nimubona/IRIN

Alarm at escalation of violence in Burundi

The UN Secretary-General has said he's alarmed by the ongoing escalation of violence in Burundi.

Ban Ki-moon said the discovery of the bodies of civilian victims, many apparently summarily executed, has become a regular occurrence in several neighborhoods of the capital, Bujumbura.

His comments follow the death of the son of prominent Burundian human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa who was killed following his arrest by police.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The recurring violence and killings in Burundi must stop. The Secretary-General underlines the responsibility of the Burundian authorities to protect the civilian population, regardless of political affiliation, and ensure that the widespread impunity for these heinous acts is brought to an immediate end."

Green Climate Fund approves first 8 investments

The first eight investments worth US$168 million using money from the Green Climate Fund, or GCF, have been approved.

The UN-backed GCF will support developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of changing climatic conditions.

The initial beneficiaries which will receive funding for specific programmes are based in Bangladesh, Fiji, Malawi, Maldives, Peru, Senegal, and in various locations in Latin America, the Caribbean and East Africa.

Climate finance is seen as an important part of securing an international climate agreement in Paris in December and for catalysing action on the ground.

It’s hoped that ultimately the Fund will channel up to US$100 billion annually for climate change initiatives.

Football's Beckham visits school in Nepal

The English football star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has met children at a temporary learning centre established in Kathmandu, Nepal, following two devastating earthquakes which hit the country earlier this year.

The UN Children's Fund says that children who are out of school for prolonged periods of time after a disaster are increasingly less likely to ever return to the classroom.

The school David Beckham visited is one of 1,500 temporary learning centres that UNICEF helped set up after the earthquakes destroyed more than 34,000 classrooms.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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