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Colombia: People Continue to Suffer from Violence Despite Peace Deal

NEW YORK/BOGOTA, AUGUST 17, 2017 - Violence remains a major problem for many people in Colombia despite the peace deal the government and FARC-EP...

Fighting famine: ‘Unprecedented crisis’ putting 20 million people at risk, warns UN agency

Aug. 14, 2017 - Twenty million people risk dying of hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and the north-east of Nigeria, including 1.4 million...

World still lagging on indigenous rights 10 years after historic declaration, UN experts warn

GENEVA, Aug. 7, 2017 - The world’s indigenous peoples still face huge challenges a decade after the adoption of an historic declaration on their...

Reporters Without Borders decries Israeli decision to close Al Jazeera

Aug. 7, 2017 - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Israeli authorities not to go ahead with their plan to shut down Al Jazeera’s...

On Hiroshima anniversary, survivors call on states to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition...

GENEVA, Aug. 3, 2017 - On 6th and 9th August, the world will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and...

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...

In South Asia, humid heat expected to surpass fatal levels by the late 21st...

Aug. 2, 2017 - Hot and humid temperatures in South Asia, which contains one-fifth of the global population, will exceed the upper limit of...

Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions

BOSTON, MA, Aug. 2, 2017 - If CO2 levels continue to rise as projected, the populations of 18 countries may lose more than 5% of...

Russia: New Legislation Attacks Internet Anonymity

MOSCOW, Aug. 1, 2017 - Two new laws in Russia jeopardize the privacy and security of internet users and aim to further control Russians’...

Venezuela at breaking point as opposition leaders seized from homes

Aug. 1, 2017 - The seizure of two opposition leaders in Caracas late last night is a telling sign that the Maduro administration is...

Using science to combat illegal wildlife trade

EAST LANSING, Mich. July 28, 2017 - Leading scientists from around the world convened this week at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in...

Earth likely to warm more than 2 degrees this century

July 31, 2017 - Warming of the planet by 2 degrees Celsius is often seen as a “tipping point” that people should try to...

DRC: Doctors Without Borders Vaccinates More than One Million Children Against Measles

NEW YORK, JULY 28, 2017 - As measles sweeps across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), more than one million children have been vaccinated against...

Poland must safeguard judicial independence – UN Special Rapporteur

GENEVA (26 July 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the Polish President’s recent decision to veto two bills that would...

Plastics leave permanent indestructible legacy

LONDON, July 24, 2017 - US scientists have calculated yet another item on the human shopping list that makes up the modern world: plastics....

Russian parliament certifies free Internet’s death

July 24, 2017 - Russia’s parliamentarians have given final approval to two laws intended to ban software that bypasses online censorship and tighten government control...

Pope Francis donates to FAO to assist drought and conflict-stricken populations in East Africa

Rome July 21, 2017 - In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and...

A Plastic Planet: More than 8 billion metric tons created by humans since early...

SANTA BARBARA, CA, July 19, 2017 - More than 8 billion metric tons. That’s the amount of plastic humans have created since the large-scale...

The UN actually does prevent war, according to study of General Assembly votes

HANOVER, N.H. July 18, 2017 - The United Nations has been effective at suppressing conflict throughout its history, according to an analysis of more...

New analysis commissioned by UN identifies global hotspots for water conflict

CORVALLIS, Ore. July 17, 2017  - More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction and many of...