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A nutrition screening for children in the Dalori camp for internally displaced people, in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo

Praise for humanitarian efforts in northeast Nigeria

Aid workers are reaching increased numbers of conflict-affected people in northeast Nigeria, which the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) described on Friday as a significant achievement.

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, who was in the country this week, has welcomed what she called the "tremendous progress" made by the humanitarian community and the Government in fighting hunger.

Northeast Nigeria has been devastated by years of activity by the extremist group Boko Haram and people in newly liberated areas are suffering from extreme hunger and malnutrition.

By the end of 2016, the WFP and its partners had reached more than one million people, particularly in high risk areas.

They are working to reach nearly two million people in the first quarter of this year.

UN underscores support for Afghanistan

A senior UN official has underlined the organization's firm commitment to Afghanistan and its people.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča concluded a four-day visit to the country on Friday where he met with the President, other members of the Government, women leaders and the diplomatic community.

Discussions centred on the security situation in the country, and its broader context.

Mr Jenča also echoed the call by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to make 2017 a year for peace.

He said: "The UN shares the hope for a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan, and remains committed to supporting the Government's progress to reduce poverty and improve the still vulnerable situation of Afghan women."

Training session for UN and NGO partners in Libya

Representatives from civil society and UN agencies in Libya have been exchanging information on how they can enhance their work to protect internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country.

They have been attending a four-day training session in Tunisia organized by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

It is part of the agency's larger engagement with people displaced by the conflict in Libya, which has been experiencing political instability for more than five years.

Training material was adapted for the Libyan context, with some sessions conducted in different languages.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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