News in Brief 20 October 2016 (AM)

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A boy carries his bike across a washed out road in Gonaives, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Walking and cycling can save lives and fight climate change

Countries are being urged by the UN to invest at least 20 per cent of their transport budgets in walking and cycling infrastructure in order to save lives and combat climate change.

Motorized transport is responsible for a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions or CO2, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) found.

The report argues that most transport systems are designed around cars, increasing both emissions and pollution.

Poor air quality, in part due to vehicle emissions, increases health problems like bronchitis, asthma, heart disease and brain damage.

"We must put people, not cars, first in the transport system," the head of UNEP, Erik Solheim urged.

DRC situation raises concerns, prosecutor of UN –backed court says 

The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC raises serious concerns, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Thursday.

Fatou Bensouda recently sent a delegation from her Office there to carry out investigations regarding clashes between protestors and government forces in the capital city Kinshasa and other parts of the country back in September.

The violence left scores of civilians dead.

Ms Bensouda announced that her Office will continue to monitor the situation in the DRC and urged all parties to "show restraint, avoid any act of criminal violence against individuals and property" or face prosecution.

Setting up national human rights institution in Lebanon "important step" 

The setting up of a National Human Rights Institution in Lebanon is an important step towards achieving increased accountability and transparency, a UN special coordinator for the country has said.

Sigrid Kaag welcomed the passing in parliament of the law for the establishment of this institution, adding that it will contribute to good governance and restore confidence in State institutions.

The institution will also incorporate a National Preventative Mechanism against Torture.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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