This is the news in brief, from the United Nations.
Supporting host countries that support refugees
On Thursday, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, and the UN Migration Agency IOM announced that the number of migrants and refugees fleeing Venezuela, has gone past the three million mark.
Joint Special Representative for the agencies for Venezuela, Eduardo Stein said that while Latin American countries have largely maintained an open-door policy “their reception capac ity is severely strained,” and requires more help from the international community to continue.
Colombia hosts more than one million people, the greatest number, followed by Peru, with over half a million. Ecuador has over 220,000, Argentina has accepted more than 130,000, while Chile has over 100,000 and Brazil some 85,000.
The Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform composed of 40 partners and participants, including UN Agencies, is preparing a humanitarian Regional Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela, to be launched in December.
Central African Republic still in cross-hairs
Turning to Central African Republic, since 31 October, violent clashes between armed groups in the country’s north-west have left over 30,000 people displaced.
After visiting the area on Sunday, Najat Rochdi, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, said on Thursday, "the level of despair” facing civilians is “unacceptable.”
She shared details of the attacks, which included a fire that destroyed more than 5,100 tents.
The Humanitarian Coordinator also criticized the rival ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka militia fighters who provoked the incidents, despite signing a local peace agreement.
Ms Rochdi spelled out: "They must be held accountable. They cannot say that they are engaged in the dialogue and peace process and, at the same time, hurt civilians".
She also payed tribute to humanitarian actors who, despite pressures, remained to help, saying "we will not give up".
Weigh up the real cost of burgers, urges UN Environment
How many of us think about environmental degradation or ecological preservation when we order a burger?
According to the UN Environment Programme, or UNEP, research shows that if cows were a nation, they would be the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter, indicating that meat production is one of the most destructive of all industries.
What’s more, antibiotics used to keep animals disease-free often end up in our food, contributing to antibiotic resistance in humans.
And if those aren’t enough reasons to rethink our carnivorous ways, meat production uses up an enormous quantity of fresh water. For example, it would take an average swimming pool-worth of water, to produce just 312 beef burgers.
UNEP says there are many ways to help ease the problem, including cutting down on red meat consumption, replacing it with more environmentally-friendly chicken or try a burger made from plant-based meat alternatives, which have less fat and cholesterol.
Liz Scaffidi, UN News.