News in Brief 04 August 2017 (PM)

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Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC. Photo: Carlos Vera/ECLAC.

UN projects positive yet low economic growth in Latin America and Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean will record "a positive, though still low" growth rate this year.

That's according to the annual report by the UN Economic Commission for the region, ECLAC, launched on Friday.

Here's UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric with more details about the study.

"The report foresees that, after two years of economic contraction, all countries in the region will experience positive growth rates in 2017 averaging 1.1 per cent, with the exception of Venezuela, the GDP of which is falling, and two countries in the Caribbean , Saint Lucia and Suriname, the GDP of which is forecast to contract as well. The forecast growth will largely be due to better prices for the commodities that the region exports and an improved international context, according to the report."

 

New UN Human Rights Office for Liberia

A UN Human Rights Office will be established in Liberia next year, the global organization announced on Friday.

It will conduct human rights monitoring and reporting in addition to providing technical assistance to state institutions, the Independent National Commission for Human Rights, civil society and other partners.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour has concluded a three-day visit to the West African country in connection with the setting up of the new office.

Mr Gilmour noted that although Liberia has progressed dramatically since civil war ended in 2003, he said human rights gains there are “still precarious, hence the vital need for the UN to continue our support.”

 

UN agencies, government, step up drought response in Somalia

Two UN agencies are supporting the Somali government in stepping up efforts to address a severe drought in the country which has displaced more than 800,000 people.

UN migration agency, IOM, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), joined with the authorities to organize a training session held this week on improving coordination and management of camps for the displaced.

IOM said the goal is to streamline emergency response as well as to support the government in better managing disasters and planning for early recovery.

More than 30 people took part in the four-day training, including representatives from government ministries, international NGOs and the UN.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 2’20″

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