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The Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA), a formal, unified system for federal, state, and municipal parks, conducts a meeting in the Tapajos National forest in Para, Brazil. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Managing forests sustainably, essential to climate change goals

Managing the world's forests sustainably is essential to help meet global goals on climate change and fighting poverty.

That's one of the key points emerging from a new international effort launched at the UN's COP21 conference on climate change in Paris on Tuesday.

Around one billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods, and each year, roughly 12 million hectares of forest continues to be destroyed, delegates heard.

That tree loss and the resulting carbon pollution caused by burning, is responsible for roughly 11 per cent of emissions.

Peru's environment minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, said that governments and the private sector had to work together to eliminate natural deforestation and the destruction of forests.

The "rules of war" continue to be violated in Syria: UNICEF

The "rules of war" that are supposed to protect civilian infrastructure like hospitals, are being systematically violated "on a daily basis", according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The agency's representative in Syria, Hanaa Singer, said that an airstrike last Thursday on the al-Khafseh water treatment plant, in the city of Aleppo, had caused severe damage to a facility on which 3.5 million people depend.

She added that although water pumping operations had been partially restored, around 1.4 million people were still without a reliable supply.

She called for all parties to end attacks on civilian infrastructure and workers, and adhere to international humanitarian law.

Thailand grants new nationality rights, in boost to global statelessness campaign

Thailand has announced that 18,000 formerly stateless people have been granted nationality rights in the past three years.

The news was welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which has been conducting a global campaign to end statelessness by 2024.

Many of those without citizenship living in Thailand come from hill tribes living in remote or border areas, and there are still more than 440,000 living in the south-east Asian country.

Without citizenship, access to basic human rights and services is limited, said UNHCR.

Thailand said it would continue its policy of extending rights, especially to those long-resident in the country.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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