News in Brief 8 June 2017 (AM)

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The Security Council observes a moment of silence in memory of the victims of two terrorist attacks which took place in Tehran, Iran, on 7 June 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Iran parliament attack "barbaric and cowardly:" UN Security Council

The deadly terrorist attack on Iran's parliament on Wednesday has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council.

At least 50 people were killed when suicide bombers and gunmen launched a twin assault on the building and the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum, both in the capital, Tehran.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, Council members described the attack as "barbaric and cowardly."

They reaffirmed that terrorism is among the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The 15 ambassadors also underscored the need to bring to justice those who commit these acts, as well as their organizers, financiers and sponsors.

Global food import costs on the rise: FAO

Rising shipping costs will contribute to an increase in this year's global food import bill, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday.

The cost will total more than US$1.3 trillion, or nearly an 11 per cent increase from 2016, according to its latest Food Outlook report.

FAO said food imports for the world's least-developed countries and those in sub-Saharan Africa are set to rise even faster due to higher import volumes for commodities such as meat, sugar, dairy and oil seed products.

However, the agency said fish imports will not be affected thanks to growing domestic market demand in many developing countries.

Human rights expert urges business to stamp out human trafficking, forced labour

Businesses are being encouraged to do more to prevent and combat human trafficking and forced labour.

The appeal was made by the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, whose latest report will be presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday.

Ms Giammarinaro also called for workers' voices to be heard in industry-related voluntary schemes that address labour abuse and human trafficking within supply chains.

She engaged with some of these initiatives to prepare her report and also gave them advice on how to make these schemes more effective, thus preventing tragedies such as the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh which killed more than 1,000 garment factory workers.

However, the UN expert said voluntary standards alone cannot transform business models, and she called for further action such as enhanced collaboration with governments.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 2'31"

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