News in Brief 23 May 2016 (PM)

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UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov (right) and INTERPOL Secretary General, Juergen Stock (left) signed a cooperation arrangement focusing on operations against organized crime and terrorism. Photo: UNODC

New partnership to boost response to organized crime and terrorism

Tackling the challenges of transnational organized crime and terrorism is the goal of a new agreement between the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the international police organization, INTERPOL.

The partners will share information and build on expertise to strengthen action to respond to these threats.

The agreement also addresses emerging threats, including the sale of trafficked cultural property to finance terrorism and the links between organized crime networks and terrorists groups.

It was signed on Monday in Vienna on the margins of the 25th session of the Crime Commission which is the UN's principal policymaking body in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

Harnessing urbanization critical to African economic growth

Urbanization can help advance economic development in Africa through higher agricultural productivity, industrialization and an increase in services geared towards a growing middle class.

That is one of the findings in the African Economic Outlook 2016 launched on Monday.

By 2050, two-thirds of Africans are expected to be living in cities.

Unlocking the potential of cities will be critical to future growth and development, according to the report.

It estimates that average growth on the continent will reach 3.7 per cent this year, increasing to 4.5 per cent in 2017 "provided the world economy strengthens and commodity prices gradually recover."

The African Economic Outlook is published annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Global network launched to enhance response to food crises

A network to enhance future responses to food crises has been launched by two UN agencies together with the European Union.

The Global Network for Food Insecurity, Risk Reduction and Food Crises Response will produce regular joint reports in real time based on key analyses and timely response options.

It will provide "the best security data" to guide governments, civil society partners and other stakeholders, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), which is behind the initiative.

The network is also expected to improve how lessons are learned from past crises.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) added that the networkand its findings will be made publicly available to all.

WFP, FAO and the European Union announced the network's launch at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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