News in Brief 12 May 2016 (PM)

UN Chief calls for “calm and dialogue” in Brazil

A call for “calm and dialogue” in Brazil has been issued by the UN Secretary-General following the suspension of President Dilma Roussef by the Senate.

According to media reports, the country’s Vice President has taken over as the interim leader.

Here’s the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

“The Secretary-General has been following closely recent events in Brazil. The Secretary-General calls for calm and dialogue among all sectors of society and trusts that the country’s authorities will honour Brazil’s democratic processes, adhering to the rule of law and the Constitution. The Secretary-General is grateful for the important contributions of Brazil to the work of the United Nations.”

Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon is on an official visit to Portugal where he discussed among other things, the situation in Brazil, Mozambique and the country’s contribution to peacekeeping.

Earlier, he met with a group of Syrian students and commended them for their strength and resilience after hearing their stories.

80,000 Iraqis newly displaced by fighting

Around 80,000 people have been newly displaced by escalating armed conflict in Iraq since the beginning of March, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA.

Iraqi security forces and allied armed groups have intensified military operations against the terrorist group Daesh, or ISIL.

These displacements have taken place in three areas: the Anbar corridor, the Mosul corridor, and in northern Salah al-Din.

Food and non-food items are being distributed to the affected populations in all locations.

However, serious challenges remain like insecurity, the overcrowding of camps and serious protection concerns.

In addition, Fallujah remains under ISIL control, with hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped and lacking access to humanitarian assistance.

Natural disasters behind most forced displacements: UN

Weather-related hazards last year forcibly displaced 14.7 million people, more than those who fled their homes from conflict, a new UN report on internal displacement has revealed.

2015 saw a record number of droughts, widespread flooding and 90 major tropical storms.

The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said internal displacement is a reliable barometer of the scale of humanitarian needs around the globe.

The international community needs to develop better capacity to manage disaster risk at the local level by improving early warnings and providing low cost housing in safe locations, underscored Robert Glasser.

These are some of the measures agreed to in a global plan to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses, called the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted by the UN in 2015.

Glasser also said the report would be discussed at the World Humanitarian Summit on 23 May.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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Source: United Nations Radio.