News in Brief 3 November 2016 (PM)

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Climate change treaty enters into force on Friday

Nearly 100 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change which comes into force this Friday, the United Nations has reported.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with representatives of civil society groups at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate what the global body is calling "a historic day for the people and the planet."

Countries agreed the international treaty to limit the global temperature rise during a landmark summit in the French capital in December 2015.

It required a threshold of 55 country ratifications to enter into force.

Here's UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric:

"This week saw countries such as South Africa, Indonesia, Denmark join the Paris Agreement and very shortly we expect the Saudi Permanent Representative deposit the Kingdom's instrument of ratification, followed by the Republic of Korea later this afternoon. That will bring the total number of States having ratified to 96."

Somalia: Praise for Gaalkacyo ceasefire agreement

Agreement for a ceasefire in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo has been welcomed by the head of the UN mission in the country.

Recent clashes there had resulted in several deaths and displaced upwards of 70,000 people.

The deal was reached by the Presidents of two autonomous regions, Puntland and Galmudug, meeting in Abu Dhabi.

Under the agreement, the two leaders commit to refrain from incitement to violence through the media.

They also are to appoint joint committees to find a lasting solution to the conflict, and to support the return of displaced people to their homes.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, urged them to take immediate action to ensure its implementation.

He also highlighted the role of local community leaders and the business sector in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

UN deputy chief wraps up CAR visit

Reconciliation is the future for the Central African Republic, the UN Deputy Secretary-General told reporters in the capital, Bangui, on Thursday.

Jan Eliasson is wrapping up a visit to the country which saw him meeting with the President as well as with civil society and religious leaders.

The UN deputy chief also visited a camp for internally displaced people.

The Central African Republic has experienced more than three years of violence between Muslim and Christian groups.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Eliasson encouraged dialogue, stressing that violence has never been a lasting solution.

He also previewed a donor conference in Brussels on 17 November, calling it the best opportunity to consolidate efforts that support peace, stability and reform.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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