News in Brief 25 February 2016 (AM)

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On an official visit to South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a reception with representatives of the international community in Juba. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

South Sudan to receive US$21m in emergency funding

Some US$21 million will be allocated by a UN emergency response fund to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to people in South Sudan, the UN Secretary-General announced on Thursday.

Speaking during a visit to the African country, Ban Ki-moon said the protracted conflict and the worsening food insecurity there have resulted in the need for life-saving assistance.

Approximately US$15 million will go towards assisting more than 250,000 people affected by conflict, many of whom are in areas that can only be reached by road.

Access is expected to be restricted when the rainy season begins at the end of April.

Widespread violations reported amid chaos of Libya

Widespread violations committed in Libya by all sides to the on-going conflict there have been documented by the UN.

Rival political groups and factions have been fighting for control of the North African country, which descended into civil war following the overthrow of Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

A report by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, describes a series of abuses which have taken place since the beginning of 2014.

They include arbitrary detention, abductions and disappearances as well as the exploitation of women, children and migrants.

The report recommends urgent measures to fight against impunity and to strengthen and reform the justice sector.

Community-based forestry "a driving force" for sustainability.

The management of forest resources by local communities could help to boost sustainability and improve people's livelihoods.

That's the assessment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a report released during Asia-Pacific Forestry Week.

The local administration of resources has shown itself to be a potent vehicle for promoting sustainable forest management, reducing poverty and generating jobs and income for rural communities, the report shows.

However, FAO says unlocking its true potential will require greater support by governments through policy reforms and other measures.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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