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Inhumane conditions in informal settlements a “global scandal”, says UN rights expert

NEW YORK, October 18, 2018 -  Ignoring almost 900 million people living in overcrowded informal settlements is a global human rights scandal that governments...

Indonesia: Anti-LGBT Crackdown Fuels Health Crisis

Jakarta, July 2, 2018 – Indonesian authorities are fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people,...

RSF issues SOS about violence against journalists in Venezuela

Aug. 3, 2017 - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a campaign with a disturbing visual on social networks to draw the international public’s...

Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act ‘of generosity’ but also of ‘enlightened self-interest’...

March 28, 2017 - Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the...

New Report Highlights Worldwide Variations in ,Abortion Incidence and Safety

March 22, 2018 - A comprehensive new report released by the Guttmacher Institute highlights ongoing disparities in abortion rates and in access to safe...

Neo-Nazism and nationalist populism fuel hatred and intolerance, says UN expert

NEW YORK, November 1, 2018 – Social media and other digital platforms are being used to disseminate hate speech and incite violence, as well...

FAO: Greening wood energy is key to mitigate climate change and improve rural livelihoods

ROME, March 21, 2017 - Greening the wood energy sector holds a vast potential for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and improving rural livelihoods,...

New repressive laws in Russia attack press freedom

Sept. 24, 2018 - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest attack on press freedom in Russia, where the Duma (the parliament) last week...

UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping

Geneva, Switzerland, May 10, 2019 — Today, 187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to...

Russia: Amnesty researcher abducted and subjected to mock executions in Ingushetia

Oct. 15, 2018 - An Amnesty International researcher sent to observe demonstrations in the Ingushetian capital Magas was abducted, beaten and subjected to terrifying...

Climate warnings masked by propaganda of fossil fuel industry, failure of politicians to act

LONDON, Sept. 30, 2016 - A rise in world temperatures of 1.5°C degrees can no longer be avoided, according to the world’s leading climate...

‘Mosques should be safe havens, not sites of terror’, says Guterres announcing UN plan...

March 22, 2019 - In the wake of a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced his intention...

Ocean acidification ‘could have consequences for millions’

April 26, 2019  - Ocean acidification could have serious consequences for the millions of people globally whose lives depend on coastal protection, fisheries and...

Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference confronts cascading impacts of extreme weather and other natural hazards...

Geneva, May 9, 2019 - Climate change, population increase, urbanization and environmental degradation are amplifying the impact of extreme weather, water and climate events...

Hurricane Irma: Oxfam teams in northern Haiti helping with evacuation and preparing for storm’s...

September 7, 2017 - Many supermarket shelves in northern Haiti are now empty and people in coastal areas are being evacuated inland to schools...

Alleged Assassination of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul Sets Abysmal New Low, Says Amnesty

Oct. 9, 2018 - Responding to reports alleging that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, Amnesty International’s...

RSF: Three years after Charlie tragedy, death still threatens “blaspheming” journalists

Jan. 5, 2018 - On the eve of the third anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the fact that...

WMO: 2017 among the three warmest years recorded

LONDON, Nov. 6, 2017 - For all of us, as 2017 proves one of the three warmest years on record, climate change presents a...

UN officials condemn attacks against aid convoy and warehouse in rural Aleppo

Top United Nations officials have condemned attacks last night against a UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy, as well as a SARC warehouse...

Why the Rush for Seabed Mining? Intrigue, Collusion and Interesting Bedfellows

July 17, 2019 - Start-up companies are driving a speculative rush for seabed minerals in an unholy alliance with the very UN body charged...