News in Brief 07 December 2016 (PM)

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This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri (file photo)

Nearly 84,000 people in Mosul displaced by fighting so far: UN

The number of people displaced from Iraq's second city of Mosul by the ongoing military offensive against ISIL terrorists, has reached nearly 84,000, the UN has confirmed.

Most of the displacements in the last week happened on the eastern side of the city, with most families moving towards camps in the Hamdaniya district.

Here's the UN deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"A new emergency site was opened yesterday at Qayyarah Airstrip in Al Qayyarah district, receiving more than 600 people. New arrivals to this site are expected in the coming days. As many as one million people are estimated to remain out of reach of humanitarian assistance in Mosul because of ongoing hostilities. The humanitarian community is extremely concerned for their safety and food and water shortages continue to be reported."

Meanwhile, trauma injuries among civilians are on the increase.

More than 400 injuries were reported in the last week of November into early December, mainly from gunshots, mines, shelling and mortar fire.

World cannot afford to abandon Palestine refugees, UN official urges

The world cannot afford to abandon Palestine refugees, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has urged.

Pierre Krähenbühl made the call on Wednesday as he briefed a UN General Assembly committee overseeing the agency.

He informed them that his agency still lacks US$37 million for this year's budget.

Meanwhile, Mr Krähenbühl noted that UNRWA's programme budget will need to rise by about 5 per cent, to US$715 million, to preserve the agency's operations at their current level.

The stakes are too high, he stressed, asking the global community to act decisively to uphold the rights and dignity of Palestine refugees as well as the quality of UNRWA services.

2016 "incredible" year of civil aviation progress

2016 has been an incredible year of progress for the civil aviation industry, the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said on Wednesday.

Airlines that make up the industry signed a historic deal in October to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions from international flights, by 2020, aiming to make the business carbon neutral.

Any increases in emissions in the aviation industry after 2020 will have to be offset or balanced by activities like tree-planting or clean-energy projects.

Dr Fang Liu made the remarks on International Civil Aviation Day, marked annually on 7 December.

Aviation operations today generate $2.7 trillion in global output and provide careers and employment for 63.5 million people worldwide.

Here's some of what the ICAO chief had to say.

"Ten million travelers took to the skies again today, on over 100,000 commercial flights. It is indeed a unique opportunity to stay back and renew our appreciation for air transport truly remarkable contributions to societies and economies all over the world today."

Dr. Fang Liu also highlighted ICAO's continued efforts to keep the skies safe, secure, more liberalized and efficient.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 2'49"

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