News in Brief 24 November 2015 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Cia Pak

UN chief "seriously concerned" over downing of Russian jet 

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said he is "seriously concerned" over the downing of a Russian jet along the border between Turkey and Syria Tuesday.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Mr Ban has urged all parties to take steps to de-escalate tensions in the region.

"He urges all those are engaged in military activities in Syria, especially air campaigns, to maximize operational measures to avoid unintended consequences and of course and most important, to do whatever they can to avoid civilian casualties and to protect civilians."

The Secretary-General said the events underscore the importance of international unity and cooperation when taking action against violent extremists in the region.

Huge global campaign marks efforts to end violence against women and girls

A huge global campaign designed to bring attention to the issue of violence against women and girls gets underway Wednesday.

The annual 16-days of activism campaign organized by the UN is dedicated to ending gender violence.

More than 450 events, including parades and football matches, will take place.

Dozens of iconic monuments will also be lit in orange lights, which the UN says has become the symbolic colour associated with the anti-violence campaign.

Border restrictions on refugees and migrants in Balkan States met with concern

Recent border restrictions imposed by countries in the Balkans against refugees and migrants have been met with concern by the United Nations.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that profiling asylum seekers based on their nationalities violates their human rights.

Mr Ban has urged European governments to significantly improve their capacities for receiving and resettling those arriving in the region.

He also called on countries to do more to address the increasing humanitarian challenges facing the refugees and migrants.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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