News in Brief 25 August 2016 (PM)

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Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Pernille Kardel. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

Attack on university in Kabul condemned by UN Mission

An attack on the American University in Afghanistan on Wednesday that killed at least 14 and injured more than 50, has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA.

Armed militants attacked the compound of the prestigious university and were killed over the course of a ten-hour battle, by Afghan security forces, according to news reports.

Seven students, a professor, three police officers and two security officers died during the prolonged attack.

Here’s UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"Pernille Kardel, the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative, said that this attack deliberately is targeting an educational facility, during evening classes for university students, was an atrocity and those responsible must be held to account."

Financing for sustainable development, central to new President's agenda

Unlocking more money to fund the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, has to be "centre stage" according to the President-elect of the UN General Assembly.

Peter Thomson, currently Fiji's ambassador at the UN, said adequately funding the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, was "a key challenge of our times".

He was speaking at a meeting convened by UN Women and the UN Environment Programme, on Wednesday.

"We have to be creative in mobilizing finance from every possible source" he said, adding that the transition to a low-carbon green economy was "required in order to realign the world's financial system".

He takes up his post as President of the Assembly next month.

Team from Kenya set to be first beneficiary of UN outer space initiative

A team from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, is set to become the first beneficiary of a new UN outer-space initiative, it was announced on Thursday.

The initiative known as KiboCUBE, has been developed by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Here's Stéphane Dujarric again.

KiboCUBE is an initiative to offer educational and research institutions from developing countries the opportunity to deploy cube satellites, otherwise known as CubeSats – every day you learn something – meaning miniaturized satellites for space research – from the Kibo module of the International Space Station.

The University of Nairobi team plans to use its KiboCUBE CubeSat to test technologies it has developed for the future launch of a larger earth observation satellite."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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