News in Brief 8 May 2017 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres. File Photo: UN /Jean-Marc Ferr

UN chief calls for "strong engagement" of the US in global issues

The UN Secretary-General has called for "strong leadership and engagement" of the United States in an effective multilateral system.

António Guterres made the appeal during a commencement address delivered at the University of South Carolina, where he also received an honorary degree.

He urged the newly graduated students to continue to express the values of human rights, democracy, freedom, but also solidarity and generosity.

"The world is in a mess and if you want to fix a mess, there are three things that are necessary: first is leadership and the engagement from the United States of America; second, effective multilateral organizations like I would like to see the UN doing, and third, a strong cooperation between the US and the UN."

Mr Guterres praised the United States for its generosity and commitment towards development cooperation and humanitarian action.

Because of this, he noted, millions of lives are being rescued, millions of children are able to go to school, and millions of jobs are being created in the world.
UN welcomes delivery of aid to Wadi Barada in rural Damascus

The UN has welcomed the transport of aid and emergency supplies to 30,000 people in need in Syria's Wadi Barada area in Rural Damascus.

An inter-agency convoy composed of the UN, the International Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as education supplies on Saturday.

Surgical materials, some medicine and medical equipment were not permitted to be loaded or were reduced in quantity.


Over 400,000 displaced from western Mosul in Iraq: UN

Over 403,000 people have been displaced from western Mosul city since the start of military operations in late February, while some 31,000 have been able to return to retaken parts of the city.

Those who have returned to these areas rely on humanitarian assistance because basic public services and market activity have yet to be restored.

Meanwhile, people who remain in Daesh-held parts of west Mosul are facing serious shortages of almost all commodities, as commercial supplies to these areas have been cut since last November.

The UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, has more.

"Over 95,000 people have received ready-to-eat food rations in the western part of the city; over 70,000 have received 30-day dry food rations in at least 11 neighbourhoods.  This assistance complements assistance provided through the Iraqi Public Distribution System, which is re-establishing food distributions in the area."

Some cases of acute malnutrition are being seen in infants arriving with their families from western Mosul.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 2'19"


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