News in Brief 26 June 2015 (PM)

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Burundian refugees. Photo: UNHCR/S. Masengesho

Rise in people fleeing Burundi as elections approach

More people are fleeing Burundi ahead of parliamentary elections on Monday, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports.

They are escaping election-related violence and general instability that has plagued the country since April when the President announced he would stand for a third term.

Since then nearly 127,000 Burundians have registered as refugees in neighbouring countries, such as Tanzania.

UN Special Coordinator visits southern Lebanon

The issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon was one of the items on the agenda for talks between UN Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag and local parliamentarians.

Ms. Kaag was in south Lebanon where she took note of the impact of the Syria crisis on this area and the need to increase international support to the country.

Lebanon is hosting more than one million Syrian refugees.

General Assembly concert to mobilize action on climate change

More than 140 international artists will perform at the UN on Monday in a concert to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on the planet’s ecosystems and on the livelihoods of communities worldwide.

The event is being organized by the General Assembly to show how music has the transformative power to mobilize people for the common good.

The New York Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro David Eaton will lead the concert, which will feature performers from countries including South Africa, France, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil and Egypt.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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