News in Brief 24 August 2017 (PM)

24 August 2017

UN welcomes report on Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The United Nations has welcomed the release of a report on finding lasting solutions to the crisis in Rakhine State in Myanmar.

The western state has seen deadly clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities.

The study follows a year of consultations by an Advisory Commission established by the government and chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

It recommends “urgent and sustained action” aimed at preventing violence, maintaining peace and fostering reconciliation.

UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the global body stands ready to support the authorities in implementing the recommendations.

“We welcome the release of the comprehensive report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and take note of its emphasis on issues related to identity and citizenship, particularly its call for freedom of movement for all people, as well as the need to address the root causes of violence and reduce inter-communal violence. We look forward to reviewing the report's recommendations further. In the meantime, we would like to acknowledge again the significance of the Government’s establishment of this Commission and the importance of its mandate to analyze the situation of all communities in Rakhine State and draft recommendations toward conflict prevention, reconciliation, institution building and long-term development, as well as humanitarian services.”

“Sharp drop” in people fleeing embattled Iraqi city

The number of people fleeing the Iraqi city of Telafar each day has dropped from 2,000 earlier this month to approximately 100, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported.

An offensive is underway to liberate the northern city from the extremist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

UN agencies have been assisting civilians who have made it to safe points outside the city.

“It is not clear whether this sharp drop is a reflection of the reduced population of Telafar or if civilians are unable to leave,” the organization said on Thursday.

UN road safety envoy urges action to halt traffic deaths in Africa

African countries have been urged to do more to tackle road fatalities.

The call was made by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, speaking in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Thursday.

He pointed out that Africa has the world’s highest rate of traffic-related deaths, with 35,000 people dying annually in Nigeria alone.

The envoy stressed that the Nigeria numbers could rise exponentially unless changes are made, underscoring the need for strong political will and good governance, among other recommendations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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