News in Brief 13 October 2016 (AM)

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An aerial view of Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

King of Thailand praised as "unifying national leader" following his death

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who died on Thursday has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for his "long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader."

The 88-year old King was head of state for seven decades and reportedly the world's longest-reigning monarch.

UN chief, Ban Ki-moon said he hoped Thailand will continue to honour King Bhumibol's legacy.

"H.M. King Bhumibol was revered by the people of Thailand as a unifying national leader. He was also highly respected internationally. At this time of sorrow and loss, I hope that Thailand will continue to honour King Bhumibol's legacy of commitment to universal values and respect for human rights."

The South-East Asian country will hold a one-year mourning period.

World must put a "human face on unbridled urbanization"

The world must put a "human face on unbridled urbanization and urban growth," according to a group of United Nations human rights experts.

The international community is due to meet in Quito, Ecuador, from Sunday at what's been described as the biggest conference on world cities in 20 years.

The twelve independent UN rights experts said the Habitat III conference was a "pivotal moment for cities and urban settlements."

Some 56 per cent of the world's population now resides in urban areas.

Conflict-affected people in Pakistan benefit from cash-for-work programme

Conflict-affected people who have returned to the South Waziristan Agency area of Pakistan are to benefit from a cash-for-work programme, the first of its kind to be implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP).

Tens of thousands of people had been displaced in the north-west region of the country following an insurgency by members of the outlawed Taliban movement dating back to 2009.

Under the WFP programme, people are paid to work on projects that provide livelihood opportunities while helping reduce disaster risks in their communities.

In the first phase, around US$ 172,000 is being provided to just over 3,000 participants.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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