News in Brief 15 June 2017 (PM)

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Peter Thomson (left), President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly. At his side is Movses Abelian, Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Secretary-General welcomes new resolution on UN counter-terrorism office

A General Assembly resolution adopted on Thursday will establish a new United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism.

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the move which endorses a proposal that he put forward.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson:

"The Secretary-General considers counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism to be one of the highest priorities of the United Nations to address a growing threat to international peace and security. He therefore hopes that this reform of the UN Counter-Terrorism architecture will contribute to the UN's broader efforts to promote conflict prevention, sustainable peace and development."

"Humanity is losing to politics" in Yemen, UN official warns

Humanity is losing to politics, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen warned on Thursday, as the country grapples with the threat of famine and the unprecedented spread of cholera.

Jamie McGoldrick issued an appeal to warring parties asking them to "end tactics which inflict suffering on the Yemeni people."

These tactics also contribute to the collapse of critical services such as the health sector, he said.

There are more than 140,000 suspected cholera cases, half of them children, and nearly 1,000 associated deaths, all of which Mr McGoldrick said could have been prevented.

Since the beginning of the year, two million more people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, pushing the total past 20 million.

Unless donors provide fresh funds, said Jamie McGoldrick, the food pipeline is at risk of breaking in September and the prospects of famine will be a reality

Impact of Bangladesh mudslides cause for concern, UN says

The United Nations Country Team in Bangladesh has expressed concern over the loss of lives and livelihoods, as well as damage to homes and infrastructure, following mudslides in the country's south-east that killed more than 150 people.

According to media reports, more than 4,000 people are being housed in government shelters following the disaster earlier this week.

These mudslides are said to be among the deadliest in the country's recent history and are attributed in part to environmental degradation caused by unregulated deforestation and a growing population.

UN agencies are working with authorities to assess the impact and to respond to the disaster.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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