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Polluters must pick up tab for damage to planet: UN environment chief

TEPIC, Mexico, Sept. 19, 2017 - Turning the planet's environmental fortunes around is achievable if businesses, politicians and citizens work towards a common goal,...

Transparency International tracker shows how countries are keeping Anti-Corruption Summit promises

Sept. 19, 2017 - More than two-thirds of the promises made by states and organisations to fight corruption at the May 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit...

Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty open for signature by world leaders

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2017 - Heads of state and Foreign Ministers will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons tomorrow, 20...

World leaders pledge to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse; UN chief outlines course of...

Sept. 19, 2017 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world to stand in solidarity to condemn sexual exploitation and abuse as he detailed...

Over 40 million people caught in modern slavery, 152 million in child labor –...

Sept. 19, 2017 - More than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery – forced labour and forced marriage –...

Study: Dangerous Levels of Mercury from Gold Mining in Women of Childbearing Age Across...

GOTEBORG, Sweden, Sept. 18, 2017 - Mercury, a neurotoxic metal, has been found in high levels across all global regions in women of reproductive...

Myanmar: International Humanitarian Access to Rakhine State Must Be Permitted

NEW YORK/AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017—International humanitarian organizations—including international staff—must be granted immediate, independent, and unfettered access to people in Rakhine state, Myanmar, to alleviate...

Afghanistan: Proposed Militia a Threat to Civilians

New York, September 18, 2017 – The Afghan government should reject proposals to create a new militia with inadequate training and oversight, Human Rights...

Glacial melt will wreck ecosystems worldwide

LONDON, Sept. 18, 2017 - Glaciers cover one-tenth of the planet’s land surface – but not for much longer. Glaciers worldwide are in retreat, and...

UN expert panel calls for new international standards on private military and security companies

GENEVA, Sept. 15, 2017 - A United Nations expert group has urged States to establish a comprehensive, legally binding instrument to regulate private military...

World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN...

ROME September 15, 2017 - After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in...

UN expert urges World Bank to amend its constitution to effectively advance human rights

GENEVA September 14, 2017 – The World Bank’s commitment to development can and should go beyond financing mega-projects and proactively support smaller, inclusive projects...

Lofoten Declaration: Countries Must Tackle Fossil Fuel Production to Meet Climate Goals

Sept. 13, 2017 - Over 220 organizations from 55 countries have released a signed declaration calling for a managed decline of the fossil fuel...

Abuse, exploitation and trafficking ‘stark reality’ for migrant children trying to reach Europe –...

Sept. 12, 2017 -  More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face...

French counter-terrorism bill lacks press freedom safeguards

Sept. 12, 2017 - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges France’s legislators not to sacrifice press freedom to security concerns in the bill to “reinforce...

Hurricane Irma: Oxfam collaborates with Cuban authorities to assess and mitigate damage

Sept. 9, 2017 - The people of eastern Cuba face devastation from Hurricane Irma, the first category 5 hurricane to hit Cuban territory since...

Migrants face high risk of enforced disappearance, UN experts warn

GENEVA, Sept. 11, 2017 - There is a direct link between enforced disappearance and migration, but governments and the international community are not paying...

M 8.1 and Tsunami (3.36m) in Mexico

September 7, 2017 at 11:33 PM The event has been upgraded to a M8.1. https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000ahv0#executive Tectonic Summary The September 8th, 2017, M 8.1 earthquake offshore Chiapas, Mexico,...

Rohingya Describe Military Atrocities

New York, September 8, 2017 – Ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burmese security forces in Burma’s Rakhine State have described killings, shelling, and arson in...

Trump or no Trump, U.S. ranks near bottom in helping poorer nations

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 7, 2017 - The United States placed near last among the world's wealthiest nations in an index ranking how their...