News in Brief 24 November 2015 (AM)

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Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, displays a copy of a new UN report, 'Focus on location and population: on the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030,' launched ahead of World AIDS Day. Photo: UNAIDS/Pierre Albouy

"Extraordinary" progress in fight against HIV/AIDS

"Extraordinary" progress has been made in the fight against HIV and AIDS, worldwide.  That's according to a new report from UNAIDS, the UN agency working to combat the spread of the disease.

About 15.8 million people are now accessing antiretroviral therapy, double the number of those being treated in 2010.

Michel Sidibé is the Executive Director of UNAIDS.

"Hospitals were full of people dying without hope. The beds were full of people just with despair. And today we can say we moved from despair to hope."

UNAIDS has adopted a strategy called Fast-Track that features a number of ambitious goals aimed at reducing the number of people with HIV/AIDS by 2020.

Boy dies of Ebola in Liberia

Less than three months after the country was declared free of Ebola, a 15 year old boy in Liberia has died of the virus.

The boy tested positive last week at a treatment centre near Monrovia.  His father and brother are also being treated for Ebola.

More than 4,000 people have died of Ebola in Liberia since the outbreak began in 2013.

Oil, gas and mining industries important for job creation in Africa

The oil, gas and mining industries can play a significant role in creating more jobs and boosting economies in Africa.  That's according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which is holding a conference on African extractive industries this week in Sudan.

UNCTAD says the oil, gas and mining industries only employ about 1 per cent of Africa's workforce, and more must be done to create more stable jobs in these sectors.

In Africa, only around 5 million new jobs are created for more than 12 million young women and men joining the labour force every year.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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