News in Brief 25 January 2016 (PM)

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Women and children arrive in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site for internally displaced people, in Unity State, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

Government of national unity "an essential step" for South Sudan

A government of national unity for South Sudan is an "essential step" in laying the foundation for peace and security.

That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement on Monday after warring parties failed to meet a January 22 deadline on finalizing a transitional leadership arrangement.

He called on the parties to overcome the deadlock, and urged African Union member states to address the impasse at their forthcoming summit.

Here's UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Secretary-General reaffirms that the United Nations will continue to do all it can to support the people of South Sudan who continue to be subjected to unimaginable suffering and human rights abuses as they have been since the beginning of the conflict over two years ago."

"Increased political commitment" needed to tackle childhood obesity: WHO

"Increased political commitment" is needed to tackle alarming levels of childhood obesity around the world, according to a new report.

The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its findings to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.

That represents an increase in the age group of around ten million, compared to 1990 figures.

Commission co-chair Sir Peter Gluckman, said that WHO needed to working with governments to implement "a wide range of measures" to address environmental causes and reduce the associated health-risks.

2015 was hottest year on record by a "wide margin"

2015 was the hottest year on record by a "strikingly wide margin" according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The global temperature rose by 0.76 degrees Celsius, compared to the average for the thirty year period up to 1990.

For the first time ever, according to the WMO analysis, temperatures last year were about 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial area, halfway towards the benchmark 2 degrees level for slowing down global warming.

Here's the WMO spokesperson, Clare Nullis.

"What's important is that this is part of a long-term trend so 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have all been this century. We have had the hottest five years, and the hottest ten years."

Record 2015 temperatures were accompanied by numerous extreme weather events such as flooding, heatwaves and severe drought.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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