News in Brief 30 September 2016 (PM)

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Truckloads of humanitarian aid waiting to cross into Syria on 19 September 2016. Photo: UN Monitoring Mechanism (UNMM)/Tonglet

UN inquiry launched to investigate Syria aid convoy attack

An investigation has been launched by the UN into a recent attack on an aid convoy in Syria travelling west of Aleppo city.

A Syrian Red Crescent convoy carrying UN emergency aid was attacked on 19 September by an airstrike in the town of Urem Al-Kubra.

At least 18 people were killed, including the local head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

A warehouse where supplies were being unloaded and a nearby medical clinic, were also severely damaged.

The United Nations Board of Inquiry will determine the facts and report directly to the UN Secretary-General after completing its work.

World must take note of "record-high" carbon dioxide readings

World leaders are being asked to strengthen their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that make the planet warmer.

The UN office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR) said it's deeply disturbed by the record-high carbon dioxide readings for September.

For the first time, global levels of 400 parts per million have been reached, said UNISDR chief Robert Glasser.

According to media reports, that's 50 parts per million more than what is considered "safe" by most experts, and some now believe it will be impossible to bring levels down below the 400 mark.

Final steps agreed to resolve Rwandan refugee situation

The final steps to resolve a protracted refugee situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa have been agreed by the UN and countries on the continent.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that "many Rwandans" fled the country between 1959 and 1998.

The genocide alone in 1994, followed by armed clashes in the north-west of the country in 1997 and 1998, led more than 3.5 million to find sanctuary in eleven countries in central, eastern and southern Africa.

All the concerned states confirmed that they would continue to promote the option of voluntary repatriation to Rwanda.

UNHCR agreed to provide an enhanced return package.

Refugees who want to remain where they are, will be able to do so.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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