News in Brief 12 August 2016 (AM)

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Students at a UN-backed development project site that supports vulnerable populations in Antananarivo, Madagascar. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Youth employment key to achieving global development goals

Investment in youth employment is "indispensable" to the global effort to eradicate poverty and achieve a sustainable future for all.

That's the message from the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), for International Youth Day, observed this Friday, 12 August.

Roughly 200 million people worldwide are unemployed, nearly 40 per cent of whom are between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the agency.

ILO chief Guy Ryder said access to decent work is the best way for youth to achieve their dreams, improve their living conditions and actively participate in society.

The UN agency has launched an online platform to improve understanding of why youth employment policies work.

The site highlights what the agency calls "key intervention areas" such as skills training, entrepreneurship promotion and subsidized employment.

Sudan sides urged to "continue momentum" towards peace

The start of peace talks in Sudan have been welcomed by the UN Security Council.

Negotiations began this week after four opposition groups signed a Roadmap Agreement on ending conflict which the Government had also signed back in March.

The Security Council has issued a statement urging all sides to "continue the momentum" towards agreeing a cessation of hostilities, as well as expanded humanitarian access in Darfur and in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, known as the "Two Areas."

"The members of the Security Council recognized that in signing the Roadmap Agreement, all parties have demonstrated a commitment to ending the conflicts in Sudan and moving towards a process of dialogue as a basis for lasting peace," the statement concluded.

The Council also commended the African Union High-level Implementation Panel for its role in achieving the peace framework.

Refugee runners debut in Rio

Three runners with the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team make their debut at the Games this Friday.

The athletes, all from South Sudan, were most recently living at the Kakuma camp in northern Kenya which is managed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Yiech Pur Biel will compete in the 800 meter race on Friday morning while teammates Anjelina Lohalith and James Chiengjiek will be running in the 1500 meter and 400 meter races, respectively.

The Refugee Olympic Team is an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), supported by UNHCR.

Its 10 members come from four countries: South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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