News in Brief 11 July 2016 (AM)

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Interned Displaced People in Tomping, South Sudan. Photo: Beatrice Mategwa / UN – South Sudan

UN expert "appalled" by attacks on displaced, civilians in South Sudan

A UN expert said he is "appalled" by the attacks on displaced people and civilians in South Sudan and has called for a cessation of hostilities.

Chaloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) issued a statement on Monday.

Fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and opposition forces loyal to his deputy Riek Machar last Thursday and continued over the weekend.

More than 10,000 people may have been displaced in addition to the 30,000 people who were already displaced in the capital Juba.

Africa's youngest nation turned five on 9 July.

Meanwhile, in Wau town, an estimated 83,000 people are now seeking refuge in churches, schools and outside the UN base in the area.

Mr. Beyani noted that humanitarian workers have also been stopped and threatened at checkpoints when trying to deliver assistance, unable to reach the populations most in need.

The UN Security Council which met in a special session on Sunday said it would consider enhancing the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, "to prevent and respond to the violence".

Support and invest in teenage girls, UN chief urges on World Population Day

Governments, businesses and civil society around the world are being asked by the UN Secretary-General to support and invest in teenage girls.

Mr Ban Ki-moon made the call on World Population Day, an opportunity to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

Half of all sexual assaults worldwide are committed against girls aged 15 or younger, according to the UN.

In developing countries, one in three girls is married before she reaches 18.

And teenage girls are less likely than teenage boys to start or finish secondary school.

Too many girls are not in school and held back from not pursuing their ambitions by social and cultural traps, Mr Ban said.

Rectifying these inequalities, he noted, is critical for the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN launches innovation accelerator to help end hunger worldwide

An innovation accelerator has been launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) in order to help end hunger on the planet, the agency announced on Monday.

Based in Munich, the project will have teams collaborate for three to six months on selected ideas either proposed by WFP innovators with first-hand knowledge or crowd-sourced by members of the public.

The Accelerator will contribute to the development of new technologies and business models which will benefit people in need.

The agency is seeking bold new ideas, tools and solutions that make food more available and accessible said WFP Executive director, Ertharin Cousin.

The world has made real progress by reducing the number of people suffering from hunger by 200 million since the 1990s, according to the UN.

Yet there are still 795 million people who do not receive enough food for an active healthy life.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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