News in Brief 13 July (PM)

13 July 2017

UN representative briefs Security Council on West Africa and Sahel

Despite progress in consolidating democracy in West Africa and the Sahel, the security situation there continues to be a cause for concern.

That was the message UN Special Representative for the region, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, delivered to the Security Council on Thursday.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has more details.

“Mr Chambas said that terrorism and violent extremism have exacerbated traditional threats. These factors, combined with climate change, an increase in the population of young people and unemployment and unchecked urbanization constitute veritable push factors underpinning the surge in irregular migration and human trafficking.”

WFP appeals for US$96 million amid food and funding shortfall in Ethiopia

The World Food Programme (WFP) said its funding and food stocks in Ethiopia are quickly running out as the country grapples with the effects of back-to-back droughts.

Nearly eight million people in the country require food assistance and WFP expects the number will rise in the coming months following another failed rainy season.

The UN agency is particularly concerned about 1.7 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia who depend solely on it for food.

WFP is appealing for US$96 million to ensure assistance up until December.

UN chief meets with panel investigating Syria chemical weapons attacks

Members of a panel looking into chemical weapons use in Syria have emphasized their resolve to pursue their investigations in a thorough, independent, impartial and professional manner, the United Nations has reported.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres met on Wednesday with the leaders of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism.

They are investigating incidents in Um Housh in Aleppo, in September 2016, and in Khan Shaykhun, located in northern Syria, in April of this year.

“The Secretary-General expressed utmost confidence in the Mechanism and urged all Member States in a position to do so to support its activities,” according to information provided by his spokesperson.

The UN chief has also underlined that the use of chemical weapons constitutes a “serious violation” of international law, adding that those responsible for their use must be held accountable.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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