News in Brief 01 August 2017 (AM)

UN Peacekeeping chief in South Sudan

Peace initiatives in South Sudan cannot advance unless fighting comes to an end and the humanitarian situation of the people improves, the head of UN peacekeeping operations has said.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix was speaking to reporters in the country's capital, Juba, on Tuesday, following a meeting with the Foreign Minister.

He said their talks covered peace efforts, including those by regional group IGAD and neighbouring countries such as Uganda.

"We agreed that all these actions and initiatives were important and had to converge into a positive dynamic that would bring about and accelerate the implementation of the peace agreement and bring sustainable peace in this country. I also underlined that these processes could not move forward with a chance of success if the fighting were to continue, so I advocated that it was also extremely important for this peace process to have better chances of success but also for the humanitarian situation of the population to improve, it is very important that fighting should end.

UN migration chief meets with Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram

The head of the UN migration agency has met with people in north-east Nigeria whose lives have been devastated by the extremist group Boko Haram.

William Lacy Swing, Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has spent three days in the region following meetings with the government in the capital, Abuja.

Over the past eight years, Boko Haram has forced nearly two million people across north-east Nigeria to flee their homes; half of them children.

Mr Swing met with some of the displaced living in camps in communities in the hardest hit areas.

He also joined some of IOM's staff working in six states affected by the conflict.

BRICs countries urge greater cooperation with UN industrial body

Industry ministers from the so-called BRICS countries�Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa� have called for strengthened cooperation with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

This follows a meeting in Hangzhou, China, which has concluded with the adoption of an action plan for working together in areas such as policy consultation and promoting technology-driven development.

UNIDO Director General Li Yong, who participated in the meeting, said his organization seeks to better understand what he described as "the new realities of globalization" as well as "ways to identify opportunities for successful collaboration."

The BRICS countries will hold their ninth summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen in early September.

Source: United Nations Radio