News in Brief 27 April 2016 (PM)

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Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser talking to UN Radio producer May Yaacoub. Photo: UN Radio

Forum on inclusive societies concludes in Azerbaijan

A three-day meeting on the causes and solutions to violent extremism has wrapped up in Azerbaijan.

The 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations included a session on the role of women in peacebuilding in conflict zones.

Journalists and documentary filmmakers also presented stories about refugees and migrants from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Mexico, during a session on creative storytelling.

The UN Alliance of Civilizations works to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities.

It is headed by Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser:

"The forum provided an excellent platform for exchanging ideas, engaging with existing and potential partners, and reaffirming the commitment of various stakeholders representing governments, civil society, religious leaders and academia. Our theme this year, 'Living Together in Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal,' converges with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This was done because we know that inclusive societies guarantee social and human rights, access to employment and by reducing disparities, frustration and exclusion, contribute to addressing the roots of violent extremism."

International community urged to increase humanitarian support to Yemen

The international community has been urged by the UN to increase humanitarian support to Yemen.

The appeal by the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Gulf State, Jamie McGoldrick, was made at the end of a three-day visit to Sa'ada Governorate.

He visited the Intensiv Care Unit (ICU) at Jomhouri Hospital, which is facing closure due to a lack of resources.

Mr McGoldrick said its closure would have "dire consequences for access to life-saving care."

Peace talks aimed at ending the violence in Yemen started last week in Kuwait.

Investigation urged into the killing of Mexican journalist

An investigation into the killing of a Mexican journalist should be opened, the Director-General of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO, has said.

Francisco Pacheco Beltrán, who worked for a range of different Mexican media outlets, was murdered in front of his home in the city of Taxco on 25 April.

The UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova, said the killing of journalists "undermines the media's ability to do their work and limits people's access to information."

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