News in Brief 05 December 2016 (AM)

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UN Youth Volunteer Stepanka Pechackova, is fully funded by the Czech Republic, and works as a Communications and Outreach Youth Officer with UNV and UNDP in Mongolia. Photo: UNV (file photo)

Give volunteers much-deserved "global applause" says UN chief

People around the world are being urged to give volunteers much deserved "global applause" for their commitment to make the world a better place.

That's the UN Secretary-General's message for this year's International Volunteer Day observed annually on 5 December.

According to UN estimates, there are 6,700 UN Volunteers, 12,000 UN Online Volunteers and one billion community volunteers worldwide.

Over the past year, these volunteers have worked "tirelessly" to create a better future for all, Ban Ki-moon said.

From Haiti, to Sri Lanka, Mali and Colombia, UN volunteers have helped eliminate poverty and reduce the impact of disasters.

They have also provided shelter and a wide-ranging support to millions of refugees forced from their homes by armed conflict and persecution.

Their dedication and passion can act as an inspiration to us all, Mr Ban stressed.

40,000 people in Mosul in need of trauma care services

People with war-related trauma injuries in the Iraqi city of Mosul are receiving life-saving medical care from the UN's health agency, WHO, and its partners.

The agency anticipates that approximately 40,000 civilians will need treatment as a result of ongoing military operations.

The Iraqi army and its allies launched an offensive early November to retake the northern city from the terrorist group ISIL

Most of the hospitals near the frontlines are either non-functional or inaccessible, the agency says.

Some patients, including children, are dying because of the lack of immediate medical care and long transfer times.

WHO has set up two fully equipped trauma stabilization points in eastern Mosul, less than 25 km away from Mosul city, where most of the casualties are coming from.

Computer security "growing" aspect of nuclear security 

Computer security is becoming an important aspect of nuclear security, as the reliance on digital systems grows, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said.

Yukiya Amano made the remarks at the opening of the IAEA's International Conference on Nuclear Security on Monday.

Back in June, the agency hosted a meeting that brought together experts from government, industry and law enforcement agencies to discuss how best to strengthen nuclear facilities against both random and targeted cyber-attacks.

In order to help strengthen computer security, the IAEA has been carrying out activities to build awareness and resilience.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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