News in Brief 27 September 2017 (PM)

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Graphic from the Saudi Communication and Media Center on 26 September 2017 explaining that women are allowed to drive. Photo: Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia decision giving women the right to drive

UN officials are welcoming Saudi Arabia's decision to lift the ban on women drivers.

The announcement was made on Tuesday and will come into effect in July 2018.

On Twitter, UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the move as "an important step in the right direction."

More nations contribute to trust fund for sex abuse victims

Ten more countries have contributed to a trust fund that supports victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, the United Nations announced on Wednesday.

Their participation raises the amount of voluntary contributions by UN Member States to approximately US$1.5 million.

The figure includes US$102,000 from payments to troop and police contributing nations, which were withheld as a result of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse being substantiated.

The funds will be used to implement projects providing specialized services to victims and to strengthen community-based complaint mechanisms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Other projects are also being identified in the Central African Republic, Liberia and Haiti.

UN human rights initiative helps business combat LGBTI discrimination in business

New global standards announced this week by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner aim to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in the workplace.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the decisions that companies take "can have a real and, in some cases, profound impact on human rights."

The five standards outline actions companies can take, such as respecting the rights of LGBTI workers, customers and members of the public; eliminating workplace discrimination and standing up for the rights of LGBTI people in the countries where they operate.

Zeid said "eliminating discrimination is the key to unlocking talent and maximizing productivity."

Several companies have expressed their support for the standards, including Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, the IKEA Group and Microsoft.

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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