News in Brief 10 November 2016 (AM)

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Children conduct a science experiment in a classroom in Harar, Ethiopia. (File) UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe


Science museums and centres "living laboratories of creativity"

People around the world are being urged by the UN to "support, nurture and harness" the power of science museums and centres to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for all.

The call came from the UN's cultural and scientific agency, UNESCO on World Science Day for Peace and Development observed every year on 10 November.

These "living laboratories of creativity" as they have been called, act as a catalyst for research and solutions to challenges societies face.

They also play a key role in nurturing the curiosity of women and men, the agency says.

In this digital era, UNESCO says there is a need for innovative initiatives to promote the learning of science outside the classrooms.

Violent clampdown on peaceful protest in Kenya condemned

A group of UN human rights experts has condemned a "violent clampdown" on a peaceful protest against corruption in Kenya's capital Nairobi last week.

A number of people were reportedly injured when police used tear gas and batons to disperse them.

The experts are urging the authorities to investigate the use of "excessive force and arbitrary arrest" against both demonstrators and journalists.

"Beating protesters does not make their grudges go away. Rather, it intensifies them, because it sends the message that the government does not care," they stressed.

The crackdown comes less than a year before Kenyans elect a new president in August 2017.

Global food price rise due to sugar, dairy and cereal: UN

Global food prices have risen continuously throughout this year, but October's increase was driven primarily by jumps in sugar and dairy prices.

That's according to the Food Price Index of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which measures monthly price changes for a basket of food.

Production shortfalls in Brazil and India's sugar growing regions were reportedly behind the 3.4 per cent rise recorded in FAO's Sugar Price Index.

Dairy also rose from 3.9 per cent in September, led by a spike in the prices of cheese and butter as a result of sustained, internal demand in the European Union.

Meanwhile, meat prices fell 1 per cent in October because of a "slacker" demand for European pig meat from importers in China.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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