News in Brief 28 September 2015 (AM)

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UNAMID commanders from Rwanda and Ethiopia exhange duties in Tabit, North Darfur, to escort a convoy of World Food Programme (WFP) trucks travelling from El Fasher to Shangil Tobaya. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

Death of UN peacekeeper in Darfur condemned by UN

An attack against peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan in which one South African soldier died has been condemned in the strongest possible terms by the UN Secretary-General.

Four others were wounded.

The attack took place on Sunday near Mellit, in North Darfur, while the peacekeepers were escorting a logistics convoy of the African Union-United Nations force in Darfur (UNAMID).

The UN chief told to the Sudanese authorities that they may be held accountable for any attacks on or threats against UNAMID.

Opportunity for African countries to make “development breakthrough”

African countries have the opportunity to make a “development breakthrough” with the launch of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

That’s according to a report released by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union.

The report says that leadership, innovation and targeted investments in a number of social sectors have led to what it calls “transformative interventions.”

It says those interventions have, in many cases, “revolutionized” people’s lives.

Malaria fight “greatest success stories in history of public health”

The progress in combatting Malaria over the past 15 years represents one of the “greatest success stories in the history of public health”, the UN has said.

One of the UN’s most senior envoys for Malaria said the number of children who die from the disease has fallen by more than 50 per cent.

It’s estimated that 6.2 million lives have been saved by interventions between 2000 and 2015.

However, nearly 500,000 children still die from this preventable disease each year.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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