News in Brief 04 May 2015 (PM)

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A mother comforts her child, Nepal.  Photo: UNICEF

“Clock is ticking” for earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

The global humanitarian community is fighting against the clock to deliver critical relief to Nepal’s most devastated communities, a top United Nations official said on Monday.

More than 7300 people died when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the south-east Asian country on 25 April.

Speaking at the end of a three day visit to Nepal, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, urged international donors to step up their support.

Number of displaced people in Nigeria reaches 1.5m

The number of people displaced by conflict in six north-eastern states in Nigeria has risen to nearly 1.5 million according to the International Organization for Migration, a UN partner agency.

The figure has risen from almost 1.2 million in February.

Half of the people accommodated in temporary sites have expressed a wish to go home, but insecurity, mines and a lack of infrastructure are preventing their return.

Meanwhile, the food security situation in the region is expected to worsen, with more than three million people needing urgent food assistance from May to October.

UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process appointed

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed Robert Piper of Australia as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Mr Piper will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

He recently served as the top UN official in Nepal.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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