News in brief 27 June 2016 (PM)

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UNMISS PoC site in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS

UN establishes security cordon to protect South Sudanese civilians

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has established a security cordon around its base at Wau following an outbreak of violence between armed groups and the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

In a statement, UNMISS said it was continuing to provide protection to around 10,000 civilians caught up in the fighting, which began over the weekend.

As a last resort, the mission opened its gates on Sunday and allowed civilians in who were fleeing violence.

Here's UN spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"UNMISS wishes to clarify that opening its gates are not a first line of response in the protection of civilians.  At this time, UNMISS is continuing to provide a secure environment for those displaced by the violence in Wau adjacent to its base and UNMISS will consider additional measures in line with its mandate should the security situation deteriorate further."

Peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

A UN peacekeeper has been killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) by unknown assailants, according to the UN mission there, MINUSCA.

Following a search, the body of the peacekeeper was discovered at Bangui General Hospital after MINUSCA peacekeepers and national security forces were alerted to the death.

A full investigation was launched immediately and MINUSCA issued a statement saying the peacekeeper's death should be considered a war crime.

Here's the mission's Police Commissioner, Luis Carrilho.

"Whoever killed our fallen comrade will be brought to justice and they will be made responsible for such shameful and unjustified act, that we condemn in the strongest terms."

The mission issued its "heartfelt condolences" to the family of the man, as well as his comrades.

Healthy oceans "critical to sustaining life" on earth, says UN deputy chief

Healthy oceans are "critical to sustaining life on our planet".

That's according to the UN deputy chief, Jan Eliasson, speaking at the 40th Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, on Monday.

The Deputy Secretary-General said that man's impact on oceans and seas was "taking a toll" that put marine species at "serious risk" from ocean-warming and over-fishing.

He added that oceans regulated climate, and provided an "incredible range" of natural resources and food, and were a key area of conservation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Speaking at UN headquarters, he called for a strengthening of the rule of law in order to safeguard oceans and "jobs that benefit billions of people" through good stewardship.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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