News in Brief 14 November 2017 (PM)

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Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation throughout the Caribbean, including in Punta Alegre, on the north coast of Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Photo: Jose M. Correa/UNDAC

Climate insurance initiative targets millions in vulnerable countries

An initiative announced at the latest UN climate change conference will provide insurance coverage to millions of people in some of the world's most vulnerable countries by 2020.

The InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions will support people in 49 countries, including small island states such as Fiji.

It was announced on Tuesday in Bonn, where the international community has gathered for the UN climate change conference, or COP23.

The announcement comes in the wake of a year of devastating extreme weather events, affecting countries and communities in Asia, the Eastern Caribbean and the Americas.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat described it as "one, shining, example of what can be delivered when progressive governments, civil society and the private sector join hands with creativity and determination to provide solutions."

Child labour victims number 152 million: ILO chief

With 152 million victims of child labour worldwide, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is calling on countries to stamp out the practice by 2025.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder made the appeal in his opening address to the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour which opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday.

One in 10 children worldwide is involved in child labour, according to the UN agency; nearly half of whom are in hazardous work.

Mr Ryder said ending child labour requires an "integrated approach" which addresses its causes, not only the symptoms.

This approach includes applying international standards related to child labour, social protection against poverty and access to quality universal education for all.

Focus on women's health for World Diabetes Day

Women's right to a healthy future was the theme for this year's observation of World Diabetes Day, observed on Tuesday, 14 November.

Diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin, a hormone which regulates blood sugar, and is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and amputations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that roughly 422 million people worldwide are living with the disease, 205 million of whom are women.

More than half of these people are located in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions.

WHO is promoting affordable and equitable access for all women with diabetes or at risk of diabetes to the essential medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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