News in Brief 14 September 2017 (AM)

14 September 2017

UNICEF delivers supplies to Rohingya children in Bangladesh

Emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies are being delivered to support thousands of Rohingya children in Bangladesh, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday.

The agency’s trucks are delivering the items to the south-eastern city of Cox’s Bazar, representing the first wave of supplies in an emergency response that will be scaled up.

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority from Myanmar.

Recent violence has forced up to 400,000 community members to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, with more arriving each day.

Preliminary estimates indicated that around 60 per cent of the displaced are children.

UNICEF is among UN agencies on the ground that are providing support.

UN human rights expert urges stepped up action to address challenges impacting world’s poor

When it comes to challenges such as climate change and the global economic and financial crisis, it is the world’s poor who are “paying the price,” a UN human rights expert has said

Saad Alfarargi, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development, is urging the international community to step up action to tackle these issues.

Mr Alfarargi, who was appointed in May, made the call in his first report to the UN Human Rights Council, issued on Thursday.

He stated that many of the “building blocks” that could bring about change are already available, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The 17 SDGs aim to create a more equitable planet by 2030 while the climate treaty seeks to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Growth and sustainable development key to Asia-Pacific future: UN official

Leaders from across Asia are meeting in Bangkok this week to promote more inclusive growth, particularly through empowering women and youth and by promoting sustainable economic development.

They are taking part in the ASEAN Economic Integration Forum 2017 which opened on Thursday.

ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

It was established in August 1967 and brings together 10 countries in the region.

The head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) addressed the opening session of the two-day forum.

Dr Shamshad Akhtar said that over its 50-year history, ASEAN “has demonstrated the virtues and high dividends of regional cooperation, both for development and peace and security which reinforce each other.”

She added that “Working together and building on ASEAN’s experience, we have an opportunity to take integration in Asia and the Pacific a step further and support growth, jobs and sustainable development across Asia and the Pacific.”

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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