News in Brief 06 October 2016 (AM)

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Patricia Espinosa Cantellano. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Climate agreement entering into force is "historic moment"

The entering into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change is a "historic moment for people everywhere" according to the UN's top climate official.

Patricia Espinosa, who heads up the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that the speed at which more than 55 countries had ratified it, representing more than 55 per cent of emissions, was "unprecedented".

The agreement was signed in December, and commits countries to limiting temperature rises through carbon emissions to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

It will officially come into force on November 4, after the necessary thresholds were passed on Wednesday.

The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, said that it represented a "crucial step towards attaining the goals we set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

Saudis agree "utmost must be done" to save lives in Yemen: UN relief chief

The Saudi government agrees that "the utmost must be done" to both save and protect lives in Yemen.

That's according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, speaking in Riyadh, after spending three days on the ground in war-torn Yemen.

The Saudis are leading a coalition in support of the Yemeni government, which is fighting Houthi rebels for control of the country.

Around 10,000 have died during the fighting, and Saudi jets have been accused of targeting civilian targets such as hospitals, although they deny it.

Four out of five Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid and Mr O'Brien said he had held productive talks with Saudi officials.

"We all agreed that the utmost must be done to save and protect lives in Yemen in accordance with international humanitarian law. We also discussed facilitation of humanitarian access and that we must rely on facts, for impartial and neutral action."

New eye-based technology introduced to speed aid delivery in Jordan

New technology which allows Syrian refugees to buy food using a simple eye scan, has been introduced in Jordan's largest refugee camp.

It's a joint initiative of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The iris-scan system was piloted earlier this year and is now being made available to 76,000 Syrians in Zaatari camp,

WFP Country Director, Mageed Yahia, said it had been "extremely successful" and "reshaped the shopping experience" making it "easier and more secure."

The unique imprint of the iris is used in place of having to buy food from camp supermarkets using cash, vouchers, or e-cards.

One resident, Hana Heraaki, said it was a more convenient way to get essentials.

"Now I don't have to worry if I forget my card at home," he said.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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