News in Brief 15 September 2016 (PM)

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Keiji Fukada. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Medicine-resistant "superbugs" endangering Sustainable Development Goals

Medicine-resistant "superbugs" are proving extremely costly and endangering the progress of human development.

That's the powerful warning from Keiji Fukada, Assistant Director-General focussed on the problem of antimicrobial resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO).

He was briefing the press on Thursday ahead of a High-Level meeting next week on the dangers posed by superbugs which are resistant to medicines like antibiotics.

He said the 17 Sustainable Development Goals would be hard to meet if the world did not turn the tide against antimicrobial resistance.

"If you look at the erosion of healthcare, you look at the eroding ability to keep up with food supply, plus you put enormous costs on top of that. That taken together, all of a sudden begins to really threaten the ability to continue with development that we're aspiring to do and particularly things like the sustainable development goals."

Mission to disarm and move South Sudanese opposition fighters complete

A mission to disarm and move more than 700 fighters loyal to the former South Sudanese Vice President, sheltering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is over, according to the UN.

Riek Machar sought refuge in the Garamba National Park after he was forced to leave the capital of South Sudan, when fighting broke out between his soldiers and government troops.

Here's UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

"The total number of individuals extracted is 752, including former Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, his wife and son. The operations were conducted at the request of the Government of the DRC. All of those extracted were disarmed before boarding UN helicopters and the UN Mission has those weapons secured. The UN continues to engage with both DRC and South Sudan authorities to find a solution to the presence of South Sudan fighters within the territory of the DRC."

Effort scaled-up to reach more than 1.5m "in desperate need" around Lake Chad

Efforts are being scaled-up to try and reach more than 1.5 million people in "desperate need" around Africa's Lake Chad basin, said the World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday.

Boko Haram extremists, together with other factors, have triggered a humanitarian crisis across the region with more than 9 million people now needing assistance.

Almost one in three people suffer from "moderate to severe" food insecurity in areas impacted by Boko Haram violence, said WFP.

As more areas become accessible inside Boko Haram's heartland of northern and eastern Nigeria, WFP said that it had an opportunity to increase the flow of aid.

Around US$72 million is required over the next six months to provide food and supplies to those displaced by violence and host communities.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 2'23"

 

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