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11.01.2020

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization. Failing last month to extend… »

09.01.2020

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war. In a statement released by his Spokesperson, António Guterres re-iterated the “passionate appeal for… »

02.01.2020

New Year’s Day a reminder of need for action to prevent newborn deaths: UNICEF

New Year’s Day a reminder of need for action to prevent newborn deaths: UNICEF

The world will welcome more than 392,000 babies on New Year’s Day, according to estimates from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The agency believes 2020’s first baby will be born in Fiji and that globally, over half of all births on 1 January will take place in… »

30.12.2019

Deadly decade: UNICEF reports three-fold rise in verified attacks on children since 2010

Deadly decade: UNICEF reports three-fold rise in verified attacks on children since 2010

Conflicts around the world are lasting longer and claiming more young lives, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said on Monday, as the agency reported that over this ‘deadly decade’, there has been a three-fold rise in verified attacks on children since 2010 – an average of 45 violations a day. “Attacks on children continue unabated as warring parties… »

10.12.2019

Inequality Threatening Human Development, New Global UN Report Warns

Inequality Threatening Human Development, New Global UN Report Warns

Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday [9 December 2019].  The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just… »

04.12.2019

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change

Protecting people’s health from climate change dangers such as heat stress, storms and tsunamis has never been more important, yet most countries are doing too little about it, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. In its first global review of more than 100 countries, the UN agency found that… »

05.11.2019

US withdrawal from Paris Agreement to take effect in November 2020

US withdrawal from Paris Agreement to take effect in November 2020

The United States announced on Monday that it was formally beginning the process of withdrawal from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, signed by 193 countries in 2015. The UN Spokesperson’s Office issued a note to correspondents, in reaction to the notice of withdrawal, which… »

29.10.2019

Why nitrogen management is key for climate change mitigation

Why nitrogen management is key for climate change mitigation

The environmental interest in nitrogen (N2), an essential component of the air we breathe, focuses on the conversion of N2 into other chemically reactive forms. Some are vital for life itself and some cause costly and dangerous nitrogen pollution. “Altogether, humans are producing a cocktail of reactive nitrogen that threatens health,… »

26.10.2019

Lives at risk if wireless technology demands are not held in check: UN weather watchdog

Lives at risk if wireless technology demands are not held in check: UN weather watchdog

Amid growing competition for radio wave space due to new wireless technologies, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Thursday called on governments to protect radio frequencies allocated to potentially life-saving weather forecasting services. Earth observation services vital to weather forecasts and long-term climate change monitoring, are having to share more… »

09.10.2019

Historic first, as Tolstoy’s War and Peace lands in Geneva, to mark international centenary

Historic first, as Tolstoy’s War and Peace lands in Geneva, to mark international centenary

For the first time, part of the original manuscript of Tolstoy’s epic novel, War and Peace, has been unveiled amid tight security in Geneva, where it is the highlight of an exhibition helping to mark 100 years of cooperation between nations. The precious cargo, which is widely regarded as one… »

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