News in Brief 10 August 2016 (AM)

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The flag of the Republic of the Sudan (centre) flying at UN headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Signing of Roadmap Agreement "valuable step" towards peace in Sudan

The recent signing of a peace framework by four opposition groups in Sudan has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon described the development as a "valuable step" towards stopping war and resolving the crises in the country.

The Roadmap Agreement for Ending the Conflict in Sudan was brokered by the African Union.

It was signed by the Sudanese Government in March and the four opposition groups signed it on Monday.

The UN chief has issued a statement calling on all sides "to maintain this positive momentum."

He also urged them to continue working towards a cessation of hostilities agreement in efforts to reach a final political settlement.

 Agencies condemn hospital suicide bombing in Pakistan

Two UN agencies have added to the voices of those denouncing the bloody terrorist attack on a hospital in Pakistan earlier this week.

More than 70 people were killed and scores more injured during the suicide bombing in the city of Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, on Monday.

The majority of the victims were lawyers who were at the hospital to mourn the death of the local Bar Association president who had been shot to death earlier that day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly condemned the attack, saying that "the neutrality of health must be respected at all times."

Two journalists, who were reporting at the time of the blast, also died in the carnage, according to the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO.

"The loss of these media professionals in the brutal terrorist attack in Quetta undermines citizens' ability to sustain informed debate that is the bedrock of good governance and dialogue," UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said in a statement.

Partnership supports youth civic engagement in Libya

A European Union (EU) contribution of three million Euros will assist the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) with a pilot project targeting Libya's youth.

The funding will bolster UNICEF's efforts to increase young people's access to non-formal education, social protection, and recreational and cultural programmes.

It will also support youth involvement in peace-building initiatives across the country.

UNICEF said families, teachers, youth groups, local government, the business community and other sectors of society will also be a part of the activities.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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