News in Brief 10 November 2016 (PM)

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IOM distributes non-food items in Saydawah near Mosul, Iraq, to displaced families. Photo: IOM/Jenny Sparks

45,000 people displaced by Mosul military operations

Up to 45,000 have been displaced by the ongoing military operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN spokesperson has confirmed.

Camp capacity is still keeping pace with the steady flow of displacement, Stéphane Dujarric said, but more camp space and emergency shelter options might be needed to accommodate new arrivals.

Total camp capacity is expected to expand to 90,000 available spaces by the middle of this month.

A humanitarian mission to Hamam Al Alil and Al Shura, approximately 23 kilometres south of Mosul city on Wednesday, reported an estimated 71,000 people in the villages.

Priority needs include food, potable water and health care.

World closer to ending modern slavery

The world is closer to ending modern slavery with the entry into force of an international protocol on forced labour, the UN labour agency (ILO) has said.

ILO estimates that 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour.

They include farm workers, migrants, domestic workers, seafarers, women and girls forced into prostitution, as well as those who are abused, exploited and paid little or nothing.

Argentina became the 9th country to ratify the protocol and has agreed to host a global conference in November next year on child land forced labour.

Delhi air pollution "wakeup call" for world

Air pollution in India's capital Delhi is a wakeup call for the world, according to the UN's children and education fund (UNICEF).

Children in Delhi have been finding it difficult to breathe because of toxic levels of air pollution.

Earlier this week, about over 4 million children missed three days of school following a decision to close the city's 5,798 schools to minimize the risk of exposure.

Air pollution causes fatal diseases among children like pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis.

After witnessing Delhi's case, UNICEF is urging countries around the world to cut back on sources which contribute to air pollution.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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