News in Brief 05 October 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Sport and faith "drive social change", tolerance and peace: UN chief

Sport and faith foster "fundamental values of respect and friendship" according to the UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a conference in the Vatican on Wednesday.

The event, entitled "Sport at the Service of Humanity" was an initiative of the Holy See and the International Olympic Committee.

The Secretary-General had a private audience with Pope Francis before attending the conference.

Here's UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"The Secretary-General said that sport and faith are based on fundamental values of respect and friendship. At their best, they are open to everyone; they are diverse and inclusive; and they transcend barriers of nationality and ethnicity."

"The world must stand with the victims" of Hurricane Matthew

"The world must stand with the victims" of Hurricane Matthew as it moves through the Caribbean, said the President of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Peter Thomson said that as a Fijian he had "witnessed first-hand" the power and devastation of tropical cyclones.

He added that the world needed "to offer a helping hand".

The UN Secretary-General conveyed his "solidarity" with the people and governments of Haiti, Cuba, and other countries in Matthew's path.

The category 3 storm is heading towards the United States, and the UN Children's Fund has warned that four million children may be in danger.

News reports suggest that at least five people died as Matthew passed over Haiti.

Here's Farhan Haq again.

"The peacekeeping mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, stands ready to support and assist the Haitian authorities within its capacity. MINUSTAH has ensured that military assets such as engineering are on stand-by and available if and when requested. A first helicopter reconnaissance to the hardest-hit areas is planned today, weather permitting."

Emergency operations scaled-up in Madagascar after 3 years of drought

Emergency operations are being scaled-up in southern Madagascar, the World Food Programme (WFP) has announced.

This follows three consecutive years of drought and ruined harvests, which have led to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition.

The El Niño weather pattern this year has exacerbated long-term poverty issues, according to WFP spokesperson in the African island nation, Andre Vornic.

"You have some communes where 96 per cent of people are in a situation of food-insecurity and on top of this you have three years of drought. You can imagine what that causes, you have situations where families have to sell everything they have in order to feed themselves as best they can."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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