10 Nov 2015
Talk must give way to action on climate change
Talk must now “give way to action” at the forthcoming climate change conference in Paris, France.
That’s according to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, speaking at the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American Countries, taking place in Saudi Arabia.
With less than three weeks to go until COP 21, as it’s known, begins, he said the Gulf states were particularly well placed to take advantage of solar and renewable energy developments, in the global shift away from fossil fuels.
He urged countries which have yet to submit their own climate actions plans, to do so.
Women play lead role in Mali’s recovery from violent conflict
Women have been playing a pivotal role in helping Mali recover from violent conflict, said the UN’s humanitarian affairs chief.
Following a three-day visit to the north-west African state that has been wracked by war, John Ging said that female enterprise had been key in getting the economy back on track:
“I see women at the centre of the recovery. I visited a number of projects which were small enterprises giving employment led by women. Again I really see the role of women in Mali as absolutely central to Mali’s progress.”
Heavy fighting and an insurgency divided the country in 2012, before a fragile peace accord was put in place earlier this year.
Fears grow that famine might return to Ethiopia
Fears are growing of famine returning to parts of Ethiopia as the number of people needing emergency assistance rises.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 8.2 million Ethiopians were now reliant on food aid, and that number continues to grow.
The El Niño global climactic event, led to the failure of both spring and summer rains.
Both OCHA and the World Food Programme stressed that a well-coordinated and well-funded response led by the Ethiopian government was underway, but more international help was needed.
Football star meets child refugees in Djibouti
Former international soccer star, David Beckham, has been meeting child refugees for the first time in a camp in Djibouti.
Some of the youngsters meeting the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and former England captain, had fled from neighbouring conflict zones in the horn of Africa.
Beckham, who launched his own UNICEF fund earlier this year, said that as a father-of-four, it was heart-breaking to see conditions in the camp, but he praised the life-saving work of the UN Children’s Fund around the world.
Matthew Wells, United Nations.