News in Brief 11 November 2015 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Don't help refugees "at the expense" of long-term aid, countries are urged

Don't fund emergency refugee programmes by cutting long-term aid budgets.

That was plea to donor countries coming from the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said that even though the world faced the largest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War, donors simply needed to give more.

In a statement to reporters, Mr Ban's spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said the Secretary-General saw major problems ahead if countries cut back on longer-term funding:

"The Secretary-General underscores the importance of fully funding both efforts to care for refugees and asylum seekers in host countries as well as longer-term development efforts. Resources for one area should not come at the expense of another."

Security Council strongly condemns killing of peacekeeper in the CAR

The UN Security Council has issued a press statement strongly condemning the killing of a peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The Cameroonian, who was part of the UN mission in CAR (MINUSCA), was killed on Tuesday after violence broke out in a camp for internally-displaced people north of the capital.

The Council statement underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute a war crime, and called on the government to investigate swiftly.

Yemen still reeling from effects of cyclones

At least 26 people are believed to have died as a result of cyclones in Yemen, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Other UN agencies are distributing much-needed aid to communities suffering the effects of flooding and displacement following the storms.

More than 1,000 household kits, and more than 100 tents have been distributed to over 5,000 people in need, along with high energy biscuits for 25,000.

Despite improvements, road death figures still "startling"

Despite improvements, the figures for the number of people killed on the roads around the world are still "startling".

That's according to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, who was speaking at a special panel on road safety convened by the world motoring and motor sport organization, the FIA.

An estimated 1.25 million people die in traffic incidents each year, 90 per cent of them in middle and low income countries, Mr Ban remarked.

It's the leading cause of death for people aged 15-29 around the world.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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