News in Brief 06 January 2016 (PM)

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A wide view of the Council meeting. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

New Security Council resolution promised over North Korea nuclear test

Work is beginning immediately on a new UN Security Council resolution in the wake of North Korean claims that it has carried out a Hydrogen bomb test.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, known as DPRK, claimed to have carried out the underground nuclear test on Tuesday.

So far this has not been verified by the UN.

Security Council members said in a statement that the "gravity" of DPRK's apparent violation of previous resolutions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme, demanded an immediate response.

Motohide Yoshikawa is Japan's UN Ambassador, which has a seat on the Council.

"If no further significant measures are taken by the Security Council, the authority and credibility of the Security Council will be put into question. Our aim is to have swiftly a new resolution which has robust contents."

The 2015 refugee crisis has "changed Europe" for ever

The refugee crisis in Europe which saw more than a million people arrive by sea during 2015 has changed the continent for ever.

That's the view of UN Refugee Agency spokesperson Adrian Edwards.

Of the million homeless and displaced who have made the dangerous crossing to European countries by sea, many from Syria, close to 4,000 are believed to have drowned.

Mr Edwards said that most were fleeing war and persecution, but Europe had failed to come up with an adequate plan for dealing with the refugee crisis.

"2015 is the year that has changed Europe. Europe has always received refugees and migrants, but never on this scale. And that's something that ought to worry us all."

Presidential candidates in CAR are urged to keep faith in electoral process

Presidential candidates waiting for final election results in the Central African Republic or CAR have been urged to maintain their faith in the system.

The top UN official in the country, Special Representative Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, met with 28 of the 30 candidates on Wednesday, and urged them to channel any concerns through the Constitutional Court.

Almost all of the results for both the presidential and parliamentary contests have been received in the capital Bangui, and provisional results are expected within the next few days.

Following political unrest and violence, there are close to 450,000 internally displaced in CAR, nearly a 20 per cent increase since last September.

Nearly 500 women and girls died during 2014 conflict in Gaza: new UN figures

Nearly 500 women and girls lost their lives during hostilities in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.

That's according to latest UN figures examining the long term impact of the conflict between Israeli forces and armed Palestinian groups.

Some 299 women, of whom at least 16 were pregnant, were killed, along with 197 girls. More than 2,000 women and hundreds of girls were injured.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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