News in Brief 09 February 2016 (PM)

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Child migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos. File Photo: IOM/Amanda Nero

Urgent action needed to address reports of 10,000 missing migrant children in Europe

A senior UN official says international action is "urgently needed" to look into the possibility that 10,000 unaccompanied child migrants in Europe are missing.

Yuri Fedetov, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was reacting to warnings from Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency.

Speaking in New York on Tuesday, he described the situation as "clearly unacceptable."

Mr Fedetov said the solution involves promoting greater cooperation among all countries affected by human trafficking.

However, he pointed out that many countries are not using the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the main global treaty that addresses the issue.

For example, he cited research from his office which showed that four out of 10 countries have reported less than 10 annual convictions, with nearly 15 per cent having no convictions at all.

Aviation industry commended for new rules to limit carbon emissions

Efforts by the airline industry to address climate change have been commended by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the first proposed binding limits on carbon dioxide emissions.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

It is estimated that the aviation industry accounts for less than two per cent of all man-made CO2 emissions.

However, they are growing rapidly as the number of flights worldwide is expected to double to 60 million annually by 2030.

The new rules would limit carbon emissions by the sector as well as strengthen the efficiency of all new commercial and business aircraft after the year 2028.

Cultural agency chief condemns killing of journalist in Yemen

The death of a journalist in Yemen has been condemned by the head of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.

Hashem Al Hamran died last month from injuries sustained during a bombing.  He was filming in the city of Dahyan, in Saada province, when the incident occurred.

Al Hamran had worked for a television broadcaster owned by the Houthi, the rebel group that is battling against government forces in the Gulf state.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said his death "highlights the imperative need to improve the security of media professionals in all circumstances."

She added that the free flow of information is particularly vital for people living in conflict areas.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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