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The Lancet: Climate change already damaging health of world’s children and threatens lifelong impact

Nov. 13, 2019 - Climate change is already damaging the health of the world's children and is set to shape the wellbeing of an...

Space-based radar suggests North Korean nuke equivalent to ’17 Hiroshimas’

Nov. 14, 2019 - North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003. It subsequently developed nuclear weapons, with...

UN calls for urgent action to curb rise in hunger and obesity in Latin...

Santiago de Chile, Nov. 12, 2019 - The prevalence of adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean has tripled since 1975, affecting one...

Financiers and masterminds of al-Assad regime stashing millions of dollars in Moscow property

Nov. 11, 2019 - New Global Witness investigation shows close relatives and accomplices of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad are funnelling money out of Syria...

Time for world leaders to honour 25-year-old promises, renew commitments on women’s rights, say...

GENEVA, Nov. 11, 2019 - The international community must prioritise women’s rights to meet the promisesand commitments on sexual and reproductive health made at...

30 countries sign up to “information and democracy” partnership started by RSF

November 11, 2019 - 30 UN members states signed the International Partnership on Information and Democracy at the UN General Assembly today, a historic...

FAO: Global treaty critical for saving disappearing plants amid climate change

ROME, Nov. 11, 2019 - As a public good that benefits the global community, crop diversity must remain a legacy for generations to come,...

Chile: UN experts condemn excessive use of force and acts of violence in recent...

GENEVA November 8, 2019 - UN human rights experts have condemned the excessive use of force by security forces in Chile during the recent...

Just 15 years of post-Paris emissions to lock in 20 cm of sea level...

November 5, 2019 - Unless governments significantly scale up their emission reduction efforts, the 15 years’ worth of emissions released under their current Paris...

Iraq: Arrests for Voicing Protest Solidarity

Beirut, November 4, 2019 – Authorities in Iraq’s Anbar governorate are suppressing the right of residents to show support for demonstrations elsewhere in the...

Climate change affects banks and cause a 20% of growth rates reduction

October 29, 2019 - A new study published on the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change highlights how climate-related damages impact on the stability of...

UN experts urge Iraq to ensure those behind violence against protesters are prosecuted

GENEVA October 29, 2019 - UN human rights experts* today urged the Iraqi authorities to prevent and cease violence immediately against protesters, and ensure...

UN human rights expert calls on States to make reparations for colonialism and slavery

NEW YORK (29 October 2019) – Reparations for racial discrimination rooted in colonialism and slavery are essential to the fulfillment of human rights, a...

UN expert warns of enormous privacy concerns over health data as he unveils international...

NEW YORK October 29, 2019 - The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, has unveiled a set of international standards...

Toxic pollution: Another extinction crisis looms, warns UN expert

NEW YORK October 24, 2019 - Under the shadow of the existential threats of climate change and biodiversity collapse lies another, insidious extinction crisis:...

Iran: UN expert says ethnic, religious minorities face discrimination

NEW YORK October 22, 2019 - Ethnic and religious minorities in Iran face significant challenges to the realisation of their rights, particularly against the...

International research community calls for recognition of forests’ role in human prosperity

URBANA, Ill. Oct. 21, 2019 – World leaders convened for the UN Climate Summit in September amid dire projections of climate instability. The problem...

Bachelet urges “immediate dialogue” to resolve crisis in Chile

GENEVA October 21, 2019 - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday urged all political and civil society actors in...

Universal Health Coverage Passes Key Global Milestone

Belgrade/Geneva, Oct. 17, 2019 - The World Health Organization today welcomed a new Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Resolution on achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by...

World stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia, warns UN human rights experts

NEW YORK October 17, 2019 - A UN human rights expert has expressed concerns about the emergence of the “digital welfare state”, saying that...