News in Brief 20 May 2016 (PM)

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Matthew Rycroft (left). Photo: UN

Security Council declares "shared interest" with Kenya in Somali success

The UN Security Council and the Kenyan government have a "shared interest" in helping Somalia to achieve success.

United Kingdom Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, spoke to reporters after council members met Kenya's president, and other leading politicians, in Nairobi.

"President Kenyatta was clear that he wants a partnership, and that is what we want as well. We have a shared interest in working together, to help Somalia become the sort of country where it is safe for Somali refugees who want to return to do so. And that is what we will continue to work on with our Kenyan partners and others."

On Thursday, council members held talks with Somalia's leading politicians in the capital Mogadishu, ahead of planned elections in August.

Earlier this week, Kenya said that it planned to close its largest refugee camps, which are home to hundreds of thousands of displaced Somalis.

As many as 600,000 people could be affected, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

Refugee children five times more likely to be out of school

Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than other children.

That's according to a joint policy paper from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Cultural Agency, UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring Report.

The paper, entitled, No More Excuses will be presented to the World Humanitarian Summit next week, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Data in the report shows that only 50 per cent of refugee children are in primary school and 25 per cent of adolescents are in secondary education.

UNHCR and UNESCO are calling on nations with high populations of displaced people to make an effort to include them in national education plans.

Nearly 7,000 victims of human trafficking helped last year

The number of human trafficking victims receiving help last year from the International Organization for Migration, IOM, rose by 9 per cent compared to 2014.

That's according to figures released by the IOM on Friday, which showed that nearly 7,000 had sought help.

The majority were exploitation of labour cases, with construction, domestic work and fishing the top sectors.

Twenty per cent of cases during 2015 were victims of sex trafficking.

The IOM data reveals that in contrast to some other global figures, a majority of those given assistance, 55 per cent, were male.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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