News in Brief 29 November 2016 (PM)

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Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

New government "does not serve interests" of Yemeni people

The announcement by Houthi rebels in Yemen that they are forming a new government "does not serve the interests of the people" of the Gulf state according to the UN Special Envoy to the conflict-ridden country.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that the unilateral declaration of a new government in the capital, Sana'a, represented a "concerning obstacle" to the peace process.

The conflict between the Houthis, and forces loyal to the government who are fighting to wrest back control of the capital, intensified last year and 14 million are food insecure, according to the UN.

The envoy said there was "still a chance to pull Yemen back from the brink" but the warring parties had to reach a political settlement based on UN-sponsored negotiations.

He urged all parties "to recommit and to fully respect the terms and conditions of the Cessation of Hostilities" agreement which would end fighting and increase vital humanitarian aid.

"Immediately stop the violence" in CAR urges Secretary-General

Armed groups in the Central African Republic, or CAR, have been urged to "immediately stop the violence" which has reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that many of those displaced in the Haute Kotto prefecture, following clashes between two rival militias last week, were civilians, many of them targeted due to their ethnicity.

He said international promises of aid to support CAR's recovery, depended on a willingness to stop the fighting.

Here's UN Spokeperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"Accordingly, he calls on armed groups to immediately stop the violence and genuinely commit to ongoing efforts to address the root causes of the conflict including through the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes recently approved in Bangui."

Arab countries would achieve "significant leap forward" empowering youth

Arab countries would achieve a "significant leap forward" in development if they "urgently prioritize" policies to empower young people.

That's one main conclusion emerging from the Arab Human Development Report 2016, launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday.

Around 60 per cent of the Arab world's population is under-30, and a "huge demographic dividend" could be reached by governments if they adopt policies to ensure the "well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship" of the young, according to the report.

Adel Abdel Latif, the senior advisor who coordinated the report, said that young people had faced tough economic conditions in the Arab world for many generations.

"They reach you know the threshold of youth and then they find difficulty to find a good job, a decent job, good housing, and also a way to express themselves in the public sphere."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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