News in Brief 12 may 2017 – (PM)

Missing peacekeeper in the Central African Republic found dead

The Moroccan peacekeeper reported as missing in the Central African Republic (CAR) following an attack on a convoy has now been found dead, the UN Spokesperson has confirmed.

His death brings the number of soldiers killed during the attack to five, with eight wounded.

The soldiers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, left Rafai on Monday night to travel to Bangassous when their convoy was ambushed by armed elements near the village of Yogofongo, 20 kilometres from their destination.

The head of peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, is travelling to the capital Bangui where he will attend a memorial ceremony on Friday.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more.

"Mr Lacroix will convey the Secretary-General's strong support for the UN Peacekeeping Mission to assist the authorities and people of the Central African Republic in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country. Mr Lacroix is also expected to meet with senior officials from the Central African Republic as well of course as the Mission's leadership."

Clashes between armed groups divided along sectarian lines plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013.

Humanitarians respond to upsurge in cholera cases in Yemen

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are responding to an upsurge in cholera transmission in several parts of Yemen that has now claimed 51 lives.

According to the Yemeni Ministry of Health, the number of suspected cholera cases is 2,301, of which 58 have been confirmed by lab testing.

WHO has been distributing medicines and medical supplies, including cholera kits, oral rehydration solutions and intravenous fluids, as well as medical furniture and equipment for diarrhoea treatment centres.

Ten new treatment centres are being established in the most affected areas.

World Bank strengthens cooperation with UN to fight poverty, hunger

The United Nations agricultural agency, FAO, and the World Bank have agreed to further strengthen their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels.

The two organisations have signed a new agreement to work closely together supporting member countries in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Their aim is to improve rural livelihoods, enhance the efficiency of food production and distribution, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources worldwide.

Daniel Gustafson is FAO's Deputy Director-General.

"It opens up dual opportunities, new ways of working together, it helps us combine what we do in crisis situations that lead also to long-term development and it allows us to collaborate in a more formalised way beyond what we have been doing in some cases on a more informal basis."

For 52 years, both international bodies have been working together to help poor countries design and implement investment programmes through the FAO Investment Centre.

The Centre has contributed to over US $100 billion worth of investments worldwide.

Source: United Nations Radio