News in Brief 17 October 2016 (AM)

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Pupils receive lunch at Bwerangula Primary School in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Abuse of human rights is a measure of poverty

Poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income, but also by a range of other elements including the denial or abuse of fundamental human rights.

That's according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to mark the annual International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Some one billion people around the world live in extreme poverty and more than 800 million endure hunger and malnutrition.

Mr Ban said Governments and societies have a duty to address "systemic socio-economic inequalities" and facilitate the engagement of all people living in poverty so they can help themselves, their families and communities to build a more "equitable, sustainable and prosperous future."

"History will judge us" if Syria's Aleppo is forgotten

"History will judge us" if the international community does not save the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has said.

Some 275,000 people are trapped in the war-torn city as fighting between government forces and rebels continues.

Mr de Mistura was speaking after meeting European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.

He told the foreign ministers that the issue of Aleppo is vital and crucial and of symbolic importance to the UN.

Thai princess named as Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger 

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand has been named as a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger.

Achieving a world of zero or no hunger by 2030 is the second of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the international community last year.

The UN food agency said the Princess was asked to be a Special Ambassador because of the many years she has devoted to the fight against hunger.

The announcement was made in the Thai capital, Bangkok, during a special presentation to the Princess at a ceremony to mark the 36th World Food Day celebrated annually on October 16th.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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