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‘Genocide remains a very real threat’, Guterres warns

Genocide “remains a very real threat” around the world, said the UN chief on Thursday, marking the UN International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide, and of the Prevention of this Crime.  “The international community has repeatedly failed to respond collaboratively, swiftly and decisively to prevent genocide and related atrocity crimes”, António […]

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Business as usual? Arms sales of SIPRI Top 100 arms companies continue to grow amid pandemic

Stockholm, December 6, 2021 –  Sales of arms and military services by the industry’s 100 largest companies totaled $531 billion in 2020—an increase of 1.3 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year. This is according to new data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Download the SIPRI Fact […]

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UN blocks recognition of brutal regimes in Myanmar and Afghanistan

December 6, 2021 – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has welcomed a decision by a United Nations credentials committee to postpone a decision about who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar at the UN. The move effectively blocks the Afghan Taliban and the Myanmar military junta from representing their countries at the UN for now. […]

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Myanmar: Unbridled destruction of freedoms as Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced

In response to the sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said:  “The harsh sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military’s determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar. […]

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Nurses from 28 countries file UN complaint alleging human rights violations by EU and 4 countries for ‘the loss of countless lives’ in the pandemic

November 29, 2021 – A coalition of nurses unions representing well over 2.5 million health care workers from 28 countries around the world, coordinated by Global Nurses United (GNU) and the Progressive International (PI), have filed a complaint with the United Nations alleging human rights violations by the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, […]

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Mexico: 95,000 disappeared persons and 52,000 unidentified bodies

GENEVA, September 29, 2021 – The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) expressed serious concerns over the gravity of the situation of enforced disappearance in Mexico. As of 26 November 2021, the last day of CED visit to Mexico, 95,000 people were officially registered as disappeared in Mexico. Out of these, more than 100 disappearances […]

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Why we must avoid temperature overshoot

November 29, 2021 – A new international study coordinated by IIASA shows how near-term mitigation can help to prevent an overshoot in global temperatures, thereby reducing climate risks and bringing long-term economic gains. The Paris Agreement’s goal is to hold global warming to well below 2°C, and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. But […]

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WHO Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern

November 26, 2021 – The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations of mutations alter the behaviour of the virus. The TAG-VE was convened on 26 November 2021 to assess the SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529.  The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. The […]

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IRC warns more lives will be lost in Belarus without rapid de-escalation and cooperation on all sides

Brussels, Belgium, 22nd November 2021 – As days continue to pass and thirteen people, including a one year old child, have lost their lives at the border between Poland and Belarus, the IRC calls for unfettered humanitarian access and a firm defence of the right to asylum at border areas.  As the stalemate between the […]

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A clean ocean by 2030: UN experts panel charts the most direct course

Reducing marine debris by 50-90% and a globe circling, high-tech system of monitors are two essential aims among several championed today by nine distinguished international experts appointed to help the UN reach the goal of a clean ocean by 2030. The Clean Ocean International Expert Group of the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable […]

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Africa’s Great Green Wall gives viable return on investments, FAO-led study finds

Rome –   Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW) programme to combat desertification in the Sahel region  is not only crucial to the battle against climate change but also makes commercial sense for investors, a new study led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and published in Nature Sustainability shows.  For every US dollar put into the massive […]

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Conference of the People delivers the ‘People’s Declaration for Climate Justice’ to the UN Climate Summit and parades out of the COP to join climate justice movements outside

As the climate summit draws to a close, the COP26 Plenary Room ‘Pen Y Fan’ was filled to capacity by the UN constituencies representing civil society groups and climate justice movements from across the globe to stand firm on the just and urgent outcome needed at COP26. They delivered the People’s Declaration for Climate Justice to the […]

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Civil society reacts to latest draft text from COP26: Developed countries erase proposal for loss and damage fund in new text

Glasgow, November 13, 2021 Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network:The latest draft text from COP26 is a clear betrayal by rich nations- the US, the EU and the UK- of vulnerable communities in poor countries. By blocking the AOSIS and G77+ China proposal, representing 6 billion people, on the creation of a Glasgow Loss […]

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Global Progress Against Measles Threatened Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

ATLANTA/GENEVA, 10 November 2021 — While reported measles cases have fallen compared to previous years, progress toward measles elimination continues to decline and the risk of outbreaks is mounting, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  During 2020, more than 22 million infants […]