News in Brief 07 April 2016 (AM)

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"Work together" to halt "growing toll" of diabetes says UN chief

Countries around the world need to work together to stop the "growing toll" of diabetes, according to the UN Secretary-General.

In a message for World Health Day, marked on Thursday, Ban Ki-moon said that it was essential to promote healthier lifestyles, especially among young people.

The number of people suffering from the preventable and treatable disease has increased four-fold since 1980, to around 420 million.

The alarming figures released as part of the World Health Organization's first Global Report on Diabetes, indicate that entire health systems and economies are being adversely affected by the disease.

Mr Ban added that "governments, health-care providers, people with diabetes…manufacturers and suppliers of medicines and technology must all contribute to changing the status quo."

Violent extremism, now a "hallmark of our time"

Violent extremism has become a "hallmark of our time" that affects the entire international community.

That's according to Under Secretary-General Michael Møller, of the UN Office at Geneva, opening a conference on Thursday on how to prevent violent extremism.

He said that terrorist groups espousing extremist ideology were impacting many regions of the world and making "unresolved and prolonged conflicts even more intractable."

Mr Møller told delegates in Geneva that they needed to focus on how Member States could work with the UN to have a greater impact on the ground, and to promote human rights and the rule of law in dealing with the mounting threat.

He added that "candid and constructive" dialogue was needed to meet the challenge.

World cereal production robust as prices rise 

The world production of cereals this year is likely to be the third-highest on record, while food prices overall have risen due to the cost of sugar.

That's the message from the Food and Agriculture Organization which released its monthly Food Price Index on Thursday.

FAO said that cereal production was on track to reach more than 2,500 million tonnes, just shy of last year's large output.

With relatively sluggish demand and plenty in store, "staple food grains appear stable for another season," according to FAO.

But the index showed an overall rise in prices of 1 per cent compared to February, due to soaring global sugar prices, despite a downturn in dairy prices.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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