News in Brief 30 November 2016 (PM)

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A shipment of cholera vaccines arrives in Haiti. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

Haitian people affected by cholera "at the heart" of new UN approach

The Haitian people and the communities in which they live, will be "at the heart" of a new UN approach to tackle continuing cholera outbreaks there.

That's the promise from UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, speaking on the eve of the launch of the new strategy, which aims to provide a faster response to new cases, and put people's needs first.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will launch the new measures in the General Assembly on Thursday, which includes a new programme to provide material support for victims of the deadly water-borne disease.

"This is an approach that goes to the root of the problem with long-term investments in sanitation facilities that the country needs to eradicate cholera," said Mr Dujarric, in an interview with the UN Mission MINUSTAH's radio station.

He said the UN "must listen to the Haitian people and the communities that have been affected by this disease”

Record number of Afghans internally-displaced during 2016

A record number of Afghans have been internally-displaced so far this year by conflict, according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs office, OCHA.

OCHA said that more than 500,000 had been forced to flee their homes, which represents a four-fold increase on the figure for 2013.

Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Mark Bowden, said that "the records show not just an alarming number of new IDPs, but a longer-term crisis where increasing numbers of families in Afghanistan are facing prolonged displacement."

Around 8,500 Afghans have been injured or killed so far this year, and OCHA said that more than two million had received aid from the UN.

Child slavery "can no longer be tolerated" say UN experts

The abuse and exploitation of children as modern-day slaves is intolerable, according to two UN experts speaking ahead of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, marked on Friday.

In a statement, Nevena Vučković-Šahović, chair of the UN Voluntary Fund on slavery, and the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Urmila Bhoola, said that millions around the world remained trapped, "many of them children".

They said that its "devastating effects must be fought by steps including rehabilitation and better education."

Children needed to be better informed about their rights, they added.

Figures from the International Labour Organization show that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour; the closest estimate available to indicate the scale of contemporary slavery.

The situation persists, even though it is 90 years since the adoption of the UN Slavery Convention and 50 years since the development of its so-called Supplementary Protocol, said the experts.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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