UN Envoy calls for dialogue between Burundi government and opposition
It is imperative that the Government of Burundi agree to an inclusive dialogue with the opposition.
That's the message UN Special Envoy Michel Kafando told the Security Council on Wednesday, briefing ambassadors on his recent visit to the country and neighbouring Tanzania.
Landlocked Burundi has been experiencing more than two years of political turmoil and violence in the wake of President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.
Scores have been killed while hundreds of thousands of citizens have fled the country.
Mr Kafando said Burundi's leaders and opposition have "diverging views" on the country's political situation.
He called for collective action by African leaders, in solidarity with the UN, to support any dialogue.
UN aid official views Mosul destruction, commends aid operations
A senior UN humanitarian official has seen first-hand the destruction in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller concluded a three-day visit to the country on Wednesday.
While there, she met with Government officials and representatives from the Kurdistan Regional Government in the north, members of the religious minority Yazidi community, as well as humanitarians.
She also visited people who have been uprooted from their homes.
UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more details on her visit.
"In Mosul, Ms. Mueller saw first-hand the complete devastation of districts in the old city, saying that countless tragedies remain untold among the rubble. She commended the achievements of the humanitarian operation in Iraq as well as the impressive national response, spotlighting the exceptional level of cooperation between national counterparts, UN agencies and front-line NGOs."
UN issues new guidelines to help countries better monitor forests
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has developed new guidelines aimed at helping countries develop strong National Forest Monitoring Systems.
Reliable and diverse forestry data is essential for planning, policy development and sustainable forest management, and for meeting international reporting requirements, the agency says.
To fulfill their pledges under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Agenda 2030, countries are expected to collect more detailed forestry data which enables them to adopt evidence-based policies and practices
This not only includes information on the size and growth or decline of their forests, but also key aspects of sustainable forest management.
In 2010, only 45 countries worldwide were able to assess changes in forest area, suggesting a serious gap in information.
Source: United Nations Radio