News in Brief 16 February 2016 (PM)

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Peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). UN File Photo/Catianne Tijerina

CAR: Four allegations of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers confirmed

Four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving peacekeepers in the Central African Republic were confirmed by the United Nations on Tuesday.

It's the latest in a series of allegations of sexual abuse made against blue helmets, UN police and other foreign nationals over the past two years.

These fresh allegations surfaced after the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, sought to actively engage communities within CAR, to encourage victims to come forward.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"According to initial information received by the Mission from humanitarian partners on 11 February and in keeping with the Mission's policy of full transparency, these four allegations involve peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The victims, four minors, were all residents of the Ngakobo camp for internally displaced persons in Ouaka prefecture and were allegedly sexually exploited and abused by peacekeepers between 2014 and 2015."

The government of CAR has been given ten days to convey its intention to investigate, failing which the UN will conduct its own probe.

More than 80,000 migrants entered Europe in 2016

Around 84,000 migrants including asylum seekers are reported to have arrived in Europe by land and sea since the beginning of January this year.

That's according to recent figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

However, the report adds, more than 410 migrants are known to have drowned or are missing.

The majority of migrants and refugees making the journey are from Syria with over 30,000 arrivals by sea, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq.

Use sport to promote green values, says UN Chief

So-called "mega-sports events" like the World Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games can be used to promote a cleaner, greener world, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Mr Ban Ki-moon was speaking at an event on the value of hosting Mega Sports Events as a social, economic and sustainable development tool.

He recalled how the UN helped revive the ancient Greek tradition of an Olympic truce.

"In one such effort, the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations have revived the idea of the Olympic Truce, in which combatants agree to cease hostilities during the period when the Games are held. As we look ahead to the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games this year, I urge all warring parties to respect the Olympic Truce."

Mr Ban was now urging people to work together to ensure that the motto for all future mega sports will be "cleaner, green and more sustainable."

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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