News in Brief 22 June 2016 (PM)

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Refugees from Central African Republic arrive in the new Paris-Sara camp in southern Chad. Photo: L. Borisenko

Renewed violence in CAR displaces thousands

Renewed violence is forcing thousands of people in the Central African Republic (CAR) to flee to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, the UN says.

Thousands more are moving into displaced camps in the Bimbo area in Ombella-M'Poko prefecture because of a recent flare-up of violence in the country's capital Bangui.

Several humanitarian partners have limited or temporarily suspended their activities.

Following a recent visit to the country, a UN independent expert found the security situation "precarious and unpredictable".

Armed groups should be disarmed and the rule of law restored, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum said.

She called on the government to work with international forces to stop the fighting, protect civilians and aid workers as well assist victims and displaced people.

Much-needed aid reaches "hard-to-reach" Syrian town 

An inter-agency convoy has delivered much needed life-saving assistance to the hard-to-reach town of Bloudan in Rural Damascus, according to the UN.

The convoy contained food, medicine, heath and other emergency items for 25,000 people in need.

This is the third inter-agency convoy to Bloudan this year.

Here's Farhan Haq, the deputy UN Spokesperson.

"Since the beginning of 2016, nearly 850,000 people have been reached, many more than once, with assistance through UN inter-agency operations in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, including more than 330,000 people in besieged locations. Meanwhile, the number of people in Syria being assisted by UN cross-border convoys from Turkey and Jordan continues to grow."

Over 330 convoys have reached millions of people with food, health and other relief items since the launch of UN cross-border deliveries in 2014.

Agricultural and food policies must change, UN hunger panel says

Agricultural and food policies should be "people-centred and climate-compatible" to make food systems sustainable, a UN hunger panel has found.

The UN High-level Task Force (HLTF) on Global Food and Nutrition Security held a meeting on Wednesday chaired by the Secretary-General.

The Task Force was established in 2008 in order to help forge united positions among UN agencies particularly during recent food crises.

Close to one billion people around the world face chronic hunger, the UN estimates. Ending hunger and malnutrition is an essential part of sustainable development.

Recounting his recent visits to Ethiopia and Madagascar, Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep concern about the effects that El Niño has had on the resilience, food security and nutrition of the most vulnerable people.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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