News in Brief 02 February 2016 (PM)

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Delegation from the Syrian Government arrives for the UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Syrian women and civil society to contribute to peace talks

Invitations have been issued to Syrian women and civil society representatives to contribute to the UN peace talks taking place in Geneva.

Talks are underway in the Swiss city between the Syrian government and opposition groups in an attempt to bring an end to five years of civil war.

Women and civil society organisations are being asked to provide the views and recommendations of groups not directly involved in the conflict.

The participants will be part of an independent Women's Advisory Board to the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

More details from the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"The Advisory Board will allow Syrian women to articulate their concerns and ideas and present recommendations, covering all topics discussed during the talks, to the UN Special Envoy for consideration."

The Board will initially be composed of a group of 12 women chosen by several women's organizations through their own consultative process.

More displacements in Darfur

The number of displaced people seeking refuge in North Darfur is reported to have increased to over 21,000 from 14,700 at the end of January.

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says the number includes over 13,000 children.

Aid organisations are providing emergency humanitarian assistance.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq again.

"The Mission continues to provide protection to people who have arrived at its team site in Sortoni, and is also reinforcing its presence and outreach by deploying additional peacekeepers to the area."

Fighting between government forces and armed opposition groups is continuing to destabilize Darfur.

Humanitarian appeal for Libya only 1% funded

An appeal for funding by the UN for humanitarian work in Libya has only received 1 per cent of the total amount requested.

Some US$166 million was requested in December last year to help an estimated 1.3 million people in the North African country.

More than six weeks after the launch of that appeal only US$2.1 million has been received.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ali Al-Za'tari described the contribution as a "paltry 1 per cent of the overall amount required."

He said just two donors had come forward to contribute.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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