News in Brief 08 February 2016 (AM)

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Haitians voted in the second round of the senatorial and parliamentary elections and the first round for their new president, in Haiti's capital Port au Prince on 25 October 2015. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

UN chief welcomes Haiti accord, encourages further dialogue

Political leaders in Haiti are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to implement an agreement aimed at ensuring the democratic transfer of power to elected officials.

Ban Ki-moon's comments came in a statement issued by his spokesperson following President Michel Martelly's departure from office on Sunday with no successor in place.

The President had completed his five-year term.

A run-off election to choose a new leader that was due to be held in January was cancelled due to fraud allegations.

However, a last-minute agreement reached over the weekend means the Prime Minister will remain in office until an interim President is chosen.

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the accord which he said provides for immediate arrangements to preserve institutional continuity in the Caribbean nation.

It also lays out a roadmap for what Mr Ban described as "the swift conclusion" of the electoral cycle.

The UN chief encouraged Haitian stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue aimed at achieving a stable and democratic future for their country.

UNICEF and Iraq renew promise to country's children

An agreement signed by the Government of Iraq and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is seeking to ensure a bright future for the country's young people, according to the agency.

The four-year Country Programme Action Plan focuses on strategies to reach disadvantaged children, women and families, across Iraq.

It will also generate data which will improve the delivery of social services for children, among other goals.

The Action Plan is the eighth such agreement since UNICEF first established its presence in Iraq more than 30 years ago.

US supports WFP school feeding programme in Côte d'Ivoire

A contribution of more than US$35 million by the United States will help the World Food Programme (WFP) to feed thousands of school children in Côte d'Ivoire over the next five years.

The donation will allow the UN agency to continue providing a daily hot meal to 125,000 children in more than 600 public primary schools in vulnerable regions of the West African country.

WFP says the funding will also strengthen its collaboration with women farmers who supply the food for the school meals programme.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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