News in Brief 23 May 2017 – (PM)

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Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino (file photo)

Attacks against civilians, UN in Mali aim to undermine peace efforts

The current wave of indiscriminate attacks against civilians, government and international forces in Mali aims to undermine efforts to bring peace and stability to the West African country.

That's what the head of the UN Mission there, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said following the death of two peacekeepers in Aguelhok, Kidal region, early Tuesday morning.

Another peacekeeper was wounded in the attack.

They were ambushed while conducting a routine foot patrol in the area.

The Secretary-General, through his spokesperson, extended his condolences to the families of the fallen peacekeepers.

UN chief's new approach to cholera in Haiti made public

The UN Secretary-General's new approach to the cholera epidemic in Haiti was unveiled on Tuesday.

It provides an update on the incidence of suspected cholera cases in Haiti as well as further details on the development and implementation of the new tactic.

António Guterres also said he will appoint a high-level envoy to develop a comprehensive funding strategy in order to seek additional voluntary contributions from Member States and other sources.

UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric has more.

"The Secretary-General also requested the General Assembly to consider inviting individual Member States to consider voluntarily waiving the return of the 2015/16 unencumbered balances and credits from miscellaneous income from MINUSTAH, and instead direct them to the UN Haiti Cholera Response Trust Fund."

Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, some nine months after it suffered a devastating earthquake.

Humanitarians deliver aid to besieged areas in Rural Damascus

An aid convoy of UN workers and their partner organisations has delivered much needed assistance to hard-to-reach areas in Rural Damascus in Syria.

A total of 44,250 people were given food and non-food items in the Jirud, Nasriyeh and Atna neighbourhoods.

They were also given items that include nutrition, education, water and sanitation as well as hygiene assistance.

It's the first joint mission to deliver humanitarian assistance to Nasriyeh and Atna.

The last convoy to Jirud was on 23 June 2016.

The UN continues to call for safe, unimpeded and sustained access to all people in need across Syria.

More than 4.5 million men, women and children are living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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