News in Brief 21 November 2017 (PM)

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Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the high-level pledging conference on building a more climate-resilient community, convened by the UN and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). UN Photo/Kim Haughton

UN chief urges support for Caribbean countries hit by hurricanes

Caribbean countries need support to rebuild in the aftermath of recent devastating hurricanes and take effective action on climate change.

That's the message UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered to a high-level conference at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday to mobilize support for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.

Mr Guterres visited the islands of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, hard hit by the storms, in early October.

He recalled that the damage to these two countries has been estimated at more than $1 billion and total economic losses at $400 million.

"Countries in the Caribbean need support now to rebuild, and to take effective climate action. We need a new generation of infrastructure that is risk-informed, to underpin resilient economies, communities and livelihoods. As outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, we need to move from managing disasters to managing risks.   That means tackling poverty, urbanization, weak governance, the decline of ecosystems, desertification and more. It means robust social protection systems and safety nets, and equitable access to social services and economic opportunities."

Mali: Injured peacekeeper in Mali dies from wounds

A peacekeeper with the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, who had been injured in an attack last month, has died from his injuries, the United Nations reported on Tuesday.

The blue helmet from Chad was wounded when his convoy came under attack while in the Kidal region on 26 October.

He had been quickly evacuated to Dakar, Senegal, for medical treatment but died on Sunday.

The head of the UN Mission in Mali, Mahamet Saleh Annadif, has paid tribute to the soldier, who died in the service of peace.

The UN has also extended condolences to his family and to the Government of Chad.

"Effective, durable policies" needed to allow 2.6 million in Darfur to go home

Effective, transparent and durable policies" on the part of the Sudanese government need to be developed to allow around 2.6 million displaced in Darfur to return home.

That's according to a new report published on Tuesday by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in the conflict-afflicted Sudanese region, UNAMID.

Conflict erupted in 2003 between government forces and rebel groups that drew accusations of ethnic cleansing against Darfur's non-Arab population.

The new report calls on Sudan's government to allow those internally-displaced by fighting to return home voluntarily, or reintegrate into host communities.

More details from UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"The report notes that despite a ceasefire between the Government and various armed opposition groups, violence against internally displaced people continues to be widespread and impunity for human rights violations persists.  It details the situation of IDPs from January 2014 to December 2016, a period marked by a Government military campaign that led to mass civilian displacement. The report says there are reasonable grounds to believe that the military operations resulted in serious violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law."

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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