News in Brief 21 September 2016 (PM)

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A young Syrian girl sits on a broken chair by her tent in Faida 3 camp, an informal tented settlement for Syria refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi (file photo)

Humanitarians call for continued assistance for Lebanon

Ongoing international support for Lebanon is essential as the country continues to bear the impact of the conflict in neighbouring Syria, according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

Lebanon, which has a population of around five million people, is hosting more than one million Syrian refugees.

Although funding for Lebanon stands at US$1.57 billion, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country said more needs to be done.

Philippe Lazzarini pointed to a recent survey showing that more than 70 per cent of Syrian refugees there are living below the poverty line.

He said Lebanese citizens are also being affected, with more than 30 per cent living in poverty.

Mr Lazzarini reminded countries of the global responsibility to address the refugee crisis.

Mexican authorities urged to investigate journalist's murder

The head of the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, has condemned the murder of a Mexican journalist.

Aurelio Cabrera Campos was shot in the city of Huauchingango on 14 September.

He died the following day.

Mr Campos was editor of the weekly El Gráfico de la Sierra, which he had founded earlier this year.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has called on the authorities to investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice.

UN and AU strengthen peacekeeping support

A staff exchange programme and knowledge sharing initiative are among measures aimed at boosting UN and African Union (AU) collaboration in the area of peacekeeping support.

The organizations this week signed two agreements that support this goal.

The pilot staff exchange plan will allow for personnel from both organizations to be deployed to each other's headquarters for three months to work on peacekeeping logistics, technology and financial and administrative matters.

UN field support chief Atul Khare described African peacekeeping contributions as the "backbone" of UN operations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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