News in Brief 09 April 2015 (AM)

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Bangladeshi authorities urged to bring killers of blogger to justice

Authorities in Bangladesh have been urged by the head of the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) to find and prosecute the killers of blogger Washiqur Rahman Babu.

Mr Rahman was reportedly hacked to death by two men with knives and meat cleavers as he left his home in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, to go to work on 30 March.

UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, condemned his murder and said that freedom of expression and free debate cannot thrive in a climate of fear and self-censorship.

US$174.4 million sought to assist Nigerian refugees

United Nations agencies and their partners have urgently appealed for US$174.4 million to help thousands of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

According to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) brutal attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in north-eastern Nigeria have forced 192, 000 people to flee to neighbouring countries.

UNHCR says the funds are to provide life-saving assistance to at least 74, 000 Nigerian refugees in northern Cameroon, 18,000 in south-west Chad and 100,000 Nigerian refugees and returning Niger nationals in Niger.

Meeting in South Korea explores how to promote sustainable development

A three-day meeting opened in South Korea city of Incheon on Thursday to explore ideas of how to promote sustainable development.

Leaders representing governments, the private sector, academia and civil society are attending a UN forum held under the slogan “Development cooperation for people and planet: What will it take?”

One of the ideas they are exploring is how to mobilize significant financial resources for sustainable development.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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