News in Brief 14 December 2015 (PM)

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A Nepali grandmother holds her daughter's newborn baby at the UNICEF-supported Patan Hospital in Kathmandu. Photo: UNICEF/Kent Page

World leaders to sign climate deal at UN in New York

World leaders are expected to gather at the United Nations in April next year to officially sign a climate change deal agreed in Paris, France on Saturday.

The agreement puts the onus on countries around the world to initiate plans to halt global warming and keep temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Here's the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, speaking on his return to New York.

"I’ll invite as soon as possible to world leaders to come to the United Nations to sign this one, because this will be the first day of a universal climate change agreement."

Then, in May, the UN will convene a gathering of government, business and civil society to discuss the implementation of the deal.

7,400 newborns dying every day in South-East Asia

Nearly 7,400 newborns die every day in South-East Asia, causing untold misery to mothers and families, the UN health agency, WHO said on Monday.

WHO said two-thirds of those infants could be saved with proven and cost-effective measures.

The UN estimates that 2.7 million newborns die annually.

Countries are being urged to review maternal and newborn deaths to improve health services and prevent more mothers and babies from dying.

UN Refugee Agency staff shot dead in Somalia

A staff member of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has been shot dead in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

Amina Noor Mohamed, was shot by unknown gunmen while travelling in a private vehicle driven by a staff member from a UNHCR partner organization who also lost his life in the attack.

The agency said the killing serves as "another stark reminder of the dangers many humanitarian workers face in their daily work."

Rwandan general named as head of UN operation in Darfur

A Rwandan general has been named as the new Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, or UNAMID.

Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi will succeed Lieutenant General Paul Ignace Mella of Tanzania, who will complete his assignment at the end of the year.

UNAMID was established in 2007 following the outbreak of a civil war in Darfur.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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