News in Brief 01 September 2015 (AM)

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Civilians in Iraq. File Picture: UNAMI

More than 1,300 killed in Iraq in August

A total of 1,325 people in Iraq were killed during the month of August due to terrorism, violence and armed conflict.

That information comes from the UN mission in the country, UNAMI, which reports that a further 1,811 Iraqis also were injured during the same period.

Jan Kubis, who heads the UN mission, says successful implementation of recent reforms will be necessary to restore order and renew confidence.

The Iraqi government last month announced plans to streamline state institutions and stamp out corruption.

UNESCO condemns murder of journalist in Mozambique

Authorities in Mozambique are being urged by the head of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO, to investigate the murder of a journalist.

Paulo Machava, an investigative reporter who was also editor-in-chief at the Diario de Noticias website, was gunned down by unknown assailants on Friday in the capital, Maputo.

In a statement calling for an investigation into his death, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said “guns must not be allowed to silence the media and deprive people of information they have a right to receive from a wide range of sources.”

Developing countries to get help with climate change response

Eight developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America are getting help with integrating agriculture into their national plans to address climate change.

They are being assisted through an initiative by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) aimed at safeguarding livelihoods, raising agricultural production and boosting food security.

The US$12 million initiative will be funded by Germany and solutions will be tailored to each country’s individual needs.

The eight countries in the four-year programme are Nepal, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, Viet Nam and Zambia.

Siobhan Garside, United Nations.

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