News in Brief 19 September 2016 (PM)

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Syrian man carrying a baby along the highway with other refugees, several kilometres after leaving Budapest, Hungary, heading in the direction of Vienna, Austria. Photo: UNHCR/Mark Henley (file photo)

Funding to assist refugees, host communities in rural areas

An initiative to mobilize US$100 million has been launched to address the rural dimension of the global refugee and migrant crisis.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said the money will go towards assisting refugees, displaced people and their host communities in rural areas in developing countries.

The Facility for Refugees, Migrants, Forced Displacement and Rural Stability (FARMS) will address agricultural productivity and income generation.

More than one-third of the world's 65 million displaced people come from the Near East and North Africa region, according to UN data.

The funding facility initially will focus on the nearly 10 million displaced people living in rural parts of the region.

Jordan, for example, is hosting more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees, 90 per cent of whom reside in rural areas.

Meanwhile in Lebanon, displaced people make up nearly 20 per cent of the rural population.

Lebanon: 70 per cent of Syrian refugees below poverty line

More than 70 per cent of Syrian refugees in Lebanon continue to live below the poverty line.

That's among the preliminary findings of a survey by three UN agencies.

The study says deterioration was not as severe as in 2015, thanks to external aid.

The Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees is conducted annually by the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Its key findings indicate what the agencies call "worrying trends" about food intake and nutrition quality, including an 11 per cent increase in the number of refugee families which had reduced their food spending.

Youth leaders to support SDGs

A disability rights activist from the United Kingdom and the founder of an organization that connects smallholder farmers in Kenya to credit are among 17 young leaders who will help to engage their peers worldwide in UN sustainable development efforts.

The UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced at the Social Good Summit in New York on Monday.

They were recognized for their leadership and contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 SDGs aimed at ending poverty, addressing inequality and tackling climate change.

The inaugural group of youth leaders, who range from 19 to 30 years old, represent all regions of the world.

They were selected from more than 18,000 nominations from nearly 190 countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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