News in Brief 20 January 2017 (PM)

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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) line up early in the morning for a general food distribution at the UN Protection of Civilians Site, Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Bannon

UN appeals for more funds to assist South Sudan displaced

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in South Sudan has requested additional funds to cover the new needs of people displaced as a result of the violence in the country.

The supplementary appeal for US$781.8 million was launched on Friday.

The revised requirements are higher than the earlier budget of US$483.9 million.

Over three million people are estimated to benefit from the agency’s interventions.

Meanwhile, some 6.1 million South Sudanese are estimated to be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Disease, protracted instability, violence and wide-spread destruction have triggered unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

More than half the population of South Sudan struggles to find food.

Latin America, Caribbean and UN craft blueprint to tackle hunger

Countries in Latin American and the Caribbean have teamed up with the UN to craft a blueprint to tackle hunger in a sustainable manner, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The goal is to make the agriculture, food and nutritional security sectors disaster-proof.

The guide was envisioned  under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, an international plan to curb the impact of natural and human-induced hazards adopted in March last year.

More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, with the majority of them concentrated in the countryside.

Millions of producers in the region's poorest rural areas are family subsistence farmers and at very high risk.

Therefore, the impact of disasters goes beyond the momentary loss of income or opportunities and directly impacts food security and survival.

Children's rights in the DRC reviewed by UN rights committee

The UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed grave concern over the situation of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Parents were sometimes offered "gifts" in exchange for their children, the committee members said.

They also questioned DRC's ability to handle child pornography and poverty.

Marie-Ange Mushobekwa Likulia, the Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, informed the committee of a strategy and action plan recently adopted by her country to fight sexual violence.

She confirmed that since the appointment of a Special Representative to fight sexual violence and child enrolment in armed groups, the rate of sexual violence had been reduced by half.

However, Suzanne Aho Assouma, Committee Member and Co-Rapporteur for the DRC, said there was still much to be done, with respect to issues like maternal and infant mortality, birth registration and child soldiers.

Committee members are expected to implement their final report on the situation of Child Rights in the DRC on 6 February 2017.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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