News in Brief 08 April 2016 (PM)

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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefs member states on the 22 April 2016 High-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement (COP21). UN Photo/Mark Garten

G20 affirms support for climate change signing

The G20 group of major world economies has affirmed its "full support" for the official signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change later this month.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the statement of support had come from China on Friday, which holds the presidency of the G20.

The climate change agreement reached by more than 190 countries last December in Paris, aims to hold global warming to below two degrees Celsius.

The signing is due to take place at UN headquarters on April 22.

Here's UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Secretary-General is encouraged by the strong political momentum from the more than 130 countries that have confirmed their intention to sign the Agreement on 22 April right here in New York, and urges all other countries to join them in the Signing Ceremony, here at the UN."

Mr Ban thanked China for its "continued strong leadership in promoting global cooperation" on climate change.

Opposition troops arrive in South Sudanese capital

An important condition for establishing a new transitional government for South Sudan has been met, according to the UN Mission there, UNMISS.

UNMISS said on Friday that more than 1,000 troops loyal to the former vice president, Riek Machar, have been airlifted to the capital Juba, in line with a peace deal made last year.

Civil war between factions loyal to Mr Machar and government forces led by President Salva Kiir has raged for more than two years, leading to millions displaced and thousands dead.

Here's UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric again.

"The process will be complete over the weekend, with two flights chartered by partners that will airlift the remaining 180 troops in order to reach the total number requested to pave the way for the return of the Vice-President designate Riek Machar."

The two men signed a peace deal last August, and in January, agreed to share ministerial posts in a new unity government.

According to news reports, Mr Machar said he would return to the capital on Thursday.

New library in Gaza spawns new job opportunities

Thousands of hours of much needed work are being generated in southern Gaza, thanks to the construction of a large library in Rafah Camp.

Work is well underway on the large library, which is being built as part of programme run by the UN's Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA.

UNRWA's camp improvement programme handed over construction of the public library at Rafah Elementary Co-Ed School, to private contractors in November.

It's expected to be finished in time to open in September.

The library will not be limited to just school students and staff.

It will be accessible to 100,000 refugees in the camp, providing them with a vital new educational asset.

The ongoing construction will generate around 9,000 hours of work days for the local community, according to UNRWA.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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