UN Global Perspective: focus on peacebuilding, El Niño and Palmyra archeological site

A Mongolian troop with the UN’s mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) smiles for the camera with a local boy in Bentiu, Unity State. UN File Photo/Isaac Billy

UN embraces concept of "sustaining peace"

"Ground-breaking" resolutions on peacebuilding have been adopted by the UN in an effort to streamline its approach to tackling conflict, a senior UN official has said. The resolutions aim to reduce the high human cost from so many simultaneous security and humanitarian crises. The UN is looking beyond post-conflict peacebuilding to embrace the concept of "sustaining peace," which encompasses all stages of a conflict. Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco began by explaining why this is new architecture for peace is historic.

3 February 2016, Ziway Dugda woreda, Arsi zone, Oromia region Ethiopia. OCHA/ Charlotte Cans

60 million people worldwide affected by El Niño phenomenon

Floods, drought and other extreme weather events triggered by the current El Niño phenomenon are affecting an estimated 60 million people worldwide, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports. The UN this week joined affected countries, aid groups and donors in Geneva for action to address the crisis and to support communities to withstand future climate-related emergencies. El Niño is a natural climatic phenomenon which occurs roughly every three to seven years. It has an impact on global weather patterns, resulting in some places getting more rain than usual while others receive no rain at all. Experts say this El Niño is among the strongest on record, leading to the worst drought in Ethiopia in five decades. Overall, an estimated 60 million people have been affected, mostly in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and Central and South America. Stephen O' Brien is the UN Humanitarian Coordinator.

Archaeological site of Palmyra in Syria. Photo: ©UNESCO/F. Bandarin

Palmyra archeological site has "maintained its integrity and authenticity"

The ancient archeological site at Palmyra has "largely maintained its integrity and authenticity" despite the efforts by the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, to destroy it. That's according to Mechtild Rossler, who is leading a team from the , UNESCO, to the World Heritage site in central Syria. Janie Cangelosi asked Ms Rossler about the situation on the ground.

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