News in Brief 24 June 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers keynote address at “The Cannes Debate” at Palais des Festivals, France. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Global ad industry launches "campaign for humanity"

Leaders of the global advertising industry have launched the "biggest-ever campaign for humanity," the UN Secretary-General has announced.

The Common Ground initiative was launched on Friday from France where Ban Ki-moon attended the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq explained more.

The Secretary-General asked the industry leaders to create the biggest campaign for humanity: a campaign for the Sustainable Development Goals – the biggest anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan ever adopted. He asked the industry leaders to help us transform a complex and abstract agenda into a personal and emotional story about how we can build a better world.

Six advertising giants will put their differences aside and donate space to highlight pressing global issues such as climate change.

Libya parties urged to refrain from targeting medical facilities 

A representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said he is "appalled" by the recent attacks against medical facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The ENT and Urological Centre in Benghazi, the Benghazi Medical Centre and Aljalaa Hospital, were hit by the recent attacks, putting in danger both patients and medical personnel.

Dr Syed Jaffar, who is also the head of the UN Mission in the country UNSMIL, called on all parties to refrain from targeting these facilities.

He also condemned violence, attacks and threats against medical and humanitarian personnel engaged in medical duties, as well as their means of transport and equipment.

UN submits plan to deliver aid to 1.2 million in Syria

The UN has asked the authorities in Syria to allow them access to 1.2 million people in 35 besieged and hard-to-reach areas.

A plan was submitted on 19 June and a statement by the UN Spokesperson said it was expected to be approved "in full and without any conditions"

Meanwhile, a UN inter-agency convoy delivered life-saving assistance on Thursday for 37,500 people in need in the hard-to-reach town of Jirud in Rural Damascus.

The convoy contained food, health, nutrition and non-food items.

Another convoy delivered aid to some 22,500 people in the Sheikh Maqsood neighbourhood in eastern Aleppo city.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 900,000 people have received multi-sectorial assistance, including food for at least one month, through these operations.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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