News in Brief 21 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

Listen /

Aid supplies at the Zintan warehouse in the Nafusa Mountains, Libya. Photo: OCHA/Jihan El Alaily

Appeal for funds to help liberated Libyan town

In Libya, funding for humanitarian work is needed urgently to help nearly 80,000 people return to the town of Sirte, which was until recently in the hands of ISIL fighters.

The US$ 10.7 million appeal comes from UN aid coordinating agency OCHA.

Here's spokesperson Jens Laerke: "One of the main issues that we are looking at and that the appeal is looking at is explosive remnants of war, which needs to be cleared before any civilian activities can take hold again, and some return to some sort of normality can be achieved."

According to OCHA, families in and around Sirte are living in extremely difficult conditions, but aid can now start to be moved in as access to the coastal city has improved, thanks to advances by government forces.

Childhood exposure to chemicals and pollution must stop, warns rights expert

Exposure to toxic chemicals and pollution has triggered a "silent pandemic" of childhood disease and disability which should be tackled at a global level, a UN rights investigator has said.

The warning to Member States and business from UN Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak comes ahead of a meeting of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva.

In his latest report, Mr Tuncak states that children are being born "pre-polluted", owing to exposure to toxins while in the womb.

The Special Rapporteur's findings highlight how at least 6,000 children in the US town of Flint, Michigan, were exposed to high levels of lead in drinking water, and how pesticides continue to kill and injure children who are either involved in child labour or poisoned by contaminated food.

Get behind Sustainable Goals for peace, urges UN's Ban

And finally, people worldwide are being encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to champion the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a means to promote peace.

The 17 goals are a global blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty, promoting greater equality and addressing the challenge of climate change.

Ban Ki-moon made the call in a message for the International Day of Peace, observed annually on 21 September.

This year's theme highlights the SDGs as Building Blocks for Peace.

Mr Ban said sustainable development is essential for lasting peace, and both depend on respect for human rights.

Furthermore, the planet must also be protected.

"Only by working together can we make our common home safe for future generations," he stated.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

Duration: 2'32"


Filed under .
UN News Update
UN News Update
Updated Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...




January 2018
« Dec