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Security Council unanimously adopts resolution imposing additional sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). UN Photo/Mark Garten

New sanctions send "clear message" to DPRK

New economic sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) send a "clear message" that the country must fully comply with its international obligations, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.

Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the unanimous adoption of a Security Council resolution in response to the DPRK's recent nuclear and long-range ballistic weapons tests.

Mr Ban said the resolution should result in resumed dialogue between the country, which is also known as North Korea, and the international community.

The UN chief also reaffirmed his commitment to work to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Libya: Move ahead or risk collapse, says UN envoy

Libya needs to move ahead now or risk division and collapse, the top United Nations official in the country warned the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

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.

Briefing the Council, Martin Kobler, the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said that 2.4 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

A majority of political leaders in Libya signed a statement last month in which they approved the Government of National Accord proposed by the Presidency Council.

However , a new government has not yet been formed.

Vital medicines reach besieged Syrian city

Urgently needed medical supplies have arrived at one of Syria's besieged cities.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said it had delivered antibiotics and painkillers to Mouadamieh, located 10 km south of the capital, Damascus.

WHO convoys delivered 15 tonnes of medical supplies there in mid-February.

However, security services removed some of the surgical equipment.

The UN agency said it hopes the items will be approved for "prompt dispatch" in the coming days.

Mouadamieh, which has a population of around 40,000, is one of several Syrian communities that are cut off from humanitarian aid.

The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reports that convoys carrying food and other supplies will be dispatched to other parts of Syria beginning on Thursday.

These areas include the so-called Four Towns–Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kafraya–which were last accessed on 17 February.

Commission to promote health sector jobs

Despite a projected growth overall in healthcare jobs by 2030, poorer countries could face a shortage of nearly 20 million health workers, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

To address the potential shortfall, the UN Secretary-General has appointed a Commission that will encourage job creation in the health and social sectors.

The UN estimates that the global economy will produce around 40 million new health sector jobs over the next 15 years, mostly in middle- and high-income countries.

On the other hand, low- and lower-middle income countries could see a deficit of 18 million health professionals during the same period.

The Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth will be co-chaired by French President François Hollande and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

It will hold its first meeting later this month, with a final report delivered on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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