News in Brief 09 September 2015 (AM)

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Nikolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Postponing of Palestinian National Congress shows “leadership and wisdom”

The decision to postpone the first meeting of Palestinian leaders in nearly 20 years has been welcomed by a senior UN official as an example of “leadership and wisdom.”

The 700-member Palestinian National Congress was set to meet next week in the West Bank.

Nikolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said rescheduling will allow all sides time for consultations which should solidify unity.

He urged leaders and factions to seize this opportunity to strengthen the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as “the sole and legitimate representative” of the Palestinian people.

Escalating violence in Turkey of “grave concern”

The UN Secretary-General has expressed “grave concern” over the increase in violence in Turkey.

Ban Ki-moon has condemned recent terrorist attacks against the country’s security forces.

At least 30 Turkish soldiers and police officers have been killed in separate bombings over the past few days.

Mr Ban called for the “immediate de-escalation of tensions and hostilities.”

He is also monitoring the situation and its possible impact on the region.

Anti-poaching team from South Africa receives UN environmental award

A South African ranger unit that mostly consists of women has been honoured by the United Nations for its contributions to environmental sustainability.

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is one of the winners of this year’s Champions of the Earth award which will be handed out later this month in New York.

The unit protects a private game reserve which is home to wildlife including rhinoceroses, leopards, lions, elephants and cheetahs.

Since its founding in 2013, the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit has helped arrest six poachers and removed over 1,000 snares—a type of trap used to catch animals.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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