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Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment, human health, UN report warns

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 21:54
The growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.

Thousands of children need assistance three months after Caribbean hurricanes – UNICEF

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 19:38
Three months after two category-5 hurricanes tore through the Caribbean, thousands of children across the region still need support, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 18:54
The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

With ‘so much at stake’ in crisis-torn South Sudan, UN and partners launch $1.72 billion appeal

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 17:57
The United Nations relief wing and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a $1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger.

Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 06:00
At least half of the world&#39s population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

UN agency helps farmers in Latin America broaden their market horizons

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 06:00
Improving market access, particularly beyond national borders, for family farmers and small and medium agriculture enterprises in the Latin America and Caribbean region can help boost rural development as well as spur inclusive trade, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 06:00
Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address sociopolitical tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday.

Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told

UN News Centre - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 00:11
The United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees, the Organization’s top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the country could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation.

Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine, where conflict ‘never really stopped,’ says UN rights wing

UN News Centre - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:51
An uptick in armed hostilities in Ukraine has resulted in more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals – posing a grave threat to human life and the environment, according to a new United Nations report.

UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

UN News Centre - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:04
The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

New compact to improve refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UN agency chief

UN News Centre - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:41
The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations.

‘Invest in the future, not the past;’ green business key to winning war on climate change – UN chief

UN News Centre - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:43
Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge.

New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo’s restive Kasai region, warns UNICEF

UN News Centre - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:31
In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday.

Time running out for construction sector to cut energy use, meet climate goals – UN

UN News Centre - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:00
The clock is ticking on efforts to reform the buildings and construction sector&#39s energy performance and keep the Paris Agreement on track, new United Nations-backed research revealed on Tuesday.

ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants

UN News Centre - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:00
Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC) but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the United Nations Security Council.

Jerusalem: After 30 Years of Hope and Failure, What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?

Foreign Policy - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 21:54
The United States has forfeited its authority as a neutral broker. It may be time for the Palestinian street to have its say.

America Is Heading for an Unprecedented Constitutional Crisis

Foreign Policy - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 21:49
The Republican Party is ready to serve as an accomplice to obstruction of justice.

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy Is More Ambiguous Than It Seems

Foreign Policy - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 21:18
And that's going to lead to even bigger problems down the road.

Grand Strategy Is Overrated

Foreign Policy - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 20:34
Why President Trump shouldn’t necessarily heed the long-term vision of his own National Security Strategy.

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

Foreign Policy - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 18:20
President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.

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