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One year on, UN expert urges ratification of treaty to phase out mercury use The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, Baskut Tuncak, urged governments around the world today to expedite the ratification process of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the
UN News Centre | 12 hours, 54 minutes ago | comment? | recommend
UN agency warns Somalia on verge of food crisis, urges uptick in humanitarian funding Still reeling from a devastating famine which struck the countryside in 2011, Somalia once again sits on the brink of another humanitarian crisis as a poor rainy season followed by severe bouts of floods threaten local harvests, the United Nations agricul
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On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.
UN News Centre | Oct 31, 2014 05:00 AM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
FEATURE: Youth activists share unique experiences at UN-backed Global Forum on Youth Policy While many challenges facing young people today are universal, youth activists and experts attending the First Global Forum on Youth Policy today shared with the UN News Centre how war, poverty, lack of adequate education and geographic isolation shape th
UN News Centre | Oct 30, 2014 11:19 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
UN rights expert urges reversal of UK decision to halt Mediterranean migrant rescues The United Nations human rights expert on migrants today urged British authorities to reconsider a decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saying allowing people to die at Europe's borders just because of their adm
UN News Centre | Oct 30, 2014 10:42 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
At UN-backed forum, countries pledge to develop, implement youth policies The United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies, which brought together over 700 participants from over 165 countries, concluded in Azerbaijan today with the launch of an outcome document pledging to support countries that are in the process of d
UN News Centre | Oct 30, 2014 10:37 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
South Sudan: Ban condemns renewed violence between opposing factions Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end of all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country's North, the United Nations confirmed today.
UN News Centre | Oct 30, 2014 10:33 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
Relief efforts in Syria hampered by lack of access — senior UN humanitarian official Escalating fighting, insecurity and a lack of access to deliver critical assistance continue to hamper United Nations efforts to respond to the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, a top UN relief official said today.
UN News Centre | Oct 30, 2014 9:31 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital Greatly concerned by the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an end to the violence and announced that he is dispatching his special envoy for West Africa to the crisis-gripped co
UN News Centre | Oct 30, 2014 7:07 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend
Rwanda accelerates move to cashless economy by joining UN-backed alliance The Government of Rwanda moved today to accelerate plans to transform into a cashless economy by joining a United Nations-backed initiative that supports countries' transitions to electronic payments.
UN News Centre | Oct 30, 2014 7:04 PM [GMT] | comment? | recommend