News in Brief 09 November 2015 (AM)

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Greenhouse gas emissions hit a new record

The level of greenhouse gas emissions in the earth's atmosphere hit another record high during 2014.

That's according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which reports that since 1990 there has been a 36% increase in global warming due to CO2 and other emissions.

The WMO's Secretary-General said that action was needed right away to slash emissions if they were to be kept to manageable levels.

World leaders will meet in Paris at the end of this month for a major conference on climate change.

Kosovo bid for UNESCO membership narrowly fails

Kosovo's bid to join the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, has been narrowly rejected by a vote of its membership.

Although 92 countries voted in favour of allowing Kosovo to join, it fell two votes short of securing the necessary two-thirds majority.

Kosovo has been recognized by 111 countries after declaring independence from Serbia in 2008, and it has secured membership of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Serbia has expressed concern over its cultural heritage sites within Kosovo, but the predominantly Albanian leadership said that if it gained UNESCO membership it would protect them.

Millions of Sudanese children receive polio vaccine

More than four million children have been vaccinated against polio during a three-day immunization campaign in Sudan.

The campaign was carried out in eighteen states across the country, under the direction of the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO said that due to the large number of internally displaced people moving from conflict areas such as Darfur, Sudan remains highly vulnerable to an outbreak of the wild polio virus.

There is frequent movement between neighbouring countries and around 162,000 children under-5, are inaccessible to vaccination teams in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

Emergency aid worth US$2.7 million for Palestinian refugees in Syria

Emergency aid worth US$2.7 million is on its way to Palestinian refugees in Syria.

The money has been pledged by the European Commission, and will be channelled through the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees across the Middle East (UNRWA).

Up to 430,000 will receive help in Syria, through the UN agency's cash-assistance programme, to help cover their basic needs.

Palestinian refugees from war-torn Syria are approaching their fifth winter amid conflict.

Despite the donation, the agency pointed out that its Syria appeal is still only 37 per cent funded.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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