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One in three UN workers say they have been sexually harassed in past two years

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres says ‘we still have a long way to go before we are able to openly discuss sexual harassment’One third of UN staff and contractors experienced sexual harassment in the past two years, according to a report released by the United Nations.The online survey, carried out by Deloitte in November, was completed by 30,364 people from the UN and its agencies – just 17% of those eligible. In a letter to staff, secretary general Antonio Guterres described the response ...
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Palestinians take over as chair of UN developing countries

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has taken over as head of the key group of developing countries at the United Nations, promising to confront “assaults” on multilateralism and pledging a peaceful two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abbas took over the chairmanship of the Group of 77, a bloc of 134 mainly […]
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Displaced Syrian infants dying from lack of healthcare, UN says

Poor shelter and cold weather have also contributed to at least 15 deaths, agency saysAt least 15 children have died in Syria because of a lack of medical care and inadequate living conditions for displaced people amid freezing temperatures, the UN has said, warning that more deaths are likely to follow.Eight babies in the Rukban camp on the Jordanian border had died from hypothermia in the last month, a statement from the UN children’s fund said on Tuesday. A further seven children, mostly unde...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Migration And Development, Hajin

Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit

Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States as a breach of a UN resolution on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, the telecommunications minister said. Iran's arch foe Israel swiftly condemned the launch, which it charged was cover for the testing of the first stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile. "The Payam satellite was successfully launched this morning with the Safir satellite carrier," Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi told state television.
Tags: Science, Israel, US, Iran, United States, Un, Safir, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi

New UN envoy makes first visit to Syria since appointment

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Nations’ new special envoy for Syria says he hopes to have constructive talks in Damascus. Geir Pedersen spoke briefly to reporters upon his arrival in the Syrian capital on Tuesday. It’s his first trip to Syria since he took office earlier this year. The veteran Norwegian diplomat took over […]
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UN refugee chief: I would risk death to escape a squalid migrant camp

Filippo Grandi calls on rich countries to give proper funding for developing nations that host people fleeing conflictHead of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, has said he too would do “anything” to escape if he was stuck in a squalid refugee camp, as he called on the world’s wealthy nations to properly fund services in developing countries.Speaking to reporters after meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the high commissioner for refugees said countries are not getting ...
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UN chief backs 2-state solution in talks with Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and stressed again that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only path to peace. Guterres’ strong backing for an independent Palestinian state came ahead of the release of a long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian […]
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UN says Yemen’s warring parties refuse to meet together

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The warring parties in Yemen have refused to talk face-to-face during two meetings to discuss the redeployment of forces from the key port of Hodeida, which is to be overseen by a U.N. monitoring team, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said retired Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, […]
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How the finance industry can save the world

For millennia, the finance industry has been a primary culprit in global warming. Now it's time for finance to right its wrongs and provide the solution.It's easy to read about the current and future state of our climate and have a fit of despair. For years, the scientific consensus was that we'd be fine if temperatures increased from pre-industrial levels by less than 2°C. But the UN's recent global warming report revises the threshold, showing that a 1.5°C increase will have catastrophic effec...
Tags: Money, Climate Change, Finance, Environment, US, Unilever, Economics, Sustainability, Innovation, Un, GlaxoSmithKline, Oxford University, Jones, Trump, Myles Allen, Williamson

Gisele Bündchen is a 'bad Brazilian', says Bolsonaro's agriculture minister

Tereza Cristina Dias said the model, who is a UN environment goodwill ambassador, should ‘not go around criticizing Brazil’Brazil’s new agriculture minister has described the Gisele Bündchen as a “bad Brazilian” whose environmental activism has tainted the country’s image abroad, inviting the supermodel to instead become an “ambassador” for the agricultural sector.In an interview with a conservative radio station on Monday, Tereza Cristina Dias was asked about the “PR problems” that have arisen ...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Un, Gisele Bündchen, Bündchen, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Tereza Cristina Dias

Pompeo says Yemen rebels not complying with truce deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday accused Yemen's rebels of failing to comply with a ceasefire agreement for the flashpoint city of Hodeida reached at UN-sponsored talks in Sweden. "The work that was done in Sweden on Yemen was good, but both sides (need) to honour those commitments," Pompeo said in Riyadh following talks with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Tags: News, Sweden, US, Un, Yemen, Riyadh, State, Salman, Pompeo, Hodeida, Mike Pompeo

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as desalination plants meet growing water needs

A fast-rising number of desalination plants (~16,000, with capacity concentrated in the Middle East / North Africa) quench a growing thirst for freshwater but also create a salty dilemma: how to deal with the chemical-laden leftover brine.In a new analysis, UN experts say that for every litre of freshwater, desalination plants produce on average 1.5 litres of brine (though values vary dramatically by plant). Globally, 142 million cubic meters of brine is discharged daily.
Tags: Science, Un, Middle East North Africa

China-N. Korea trade battered by UN sanctions

China's trade with North Korea plummeted last year, data showed Monday, as harsh UN sanctions batter the nuclear-armed country's economy. Beijing is a key ally of the isolated state and its main source of trade and aid -- but in 2017 it backed United Nations measures to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile activities. The sanctions on trade in North Korea's most valuable commodities sent bilateral trade plunging 52.4 percent last year compared to 2017.
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Algeria's ancient pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery

Dating back centuries, Algeria's pyramid tombs are unique relics of an ancient era but a dearth of research has left the Jeddars shrouded in mystery. The 13 monuments, whose square stone bases are topped with angular mounds, are perched on a pair of hills near the city of Tiaret, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers. Gaining such status is a lengthy process and the culture ministry said Algeria's application to the UN body "will be filed during the first quarter of ...
Tags: Science, Un, Algeria, Tiaret, Algiers Gaining

Yemen ceasefire under strain as Houthi rebels boycott talks, threaten further drone attacks

A nascent truce in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah was dealt a fresh blow over the weekend as Houthi rebels boycotted a UN-brokered peace talks and threatened further drone strikes against pro-government forces.   The threat came days after a Houthi drone attack on a government military parade in the southern province of Lahaj killed several people. A senior intelligence official injured in that attack died of his wounds on Sunday. Yahya Sarea, a Houthi spokesman, called the strike a "legitimate ope...
Tags: News, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Un, Yemen, Houthi, Griffiths, Sanaa, Houthis, Hodeida, Martin Griffiths, Patrick Cammaert, Hodeidah, RIMBO Sweden, Mohammed Abdelsalam

Houthis threaten more drone strikes after Yemen airbase attack

Spokesman says rebels are stockpiling drones as fears for prospects of peace growHouthi rebels in Yemen have threatened to launch more drone attacks after a deadly strike last week on a Yemeni government military parade killed seven people, stoking tension between the warring parties and threatening UN efforts to broker peace.Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarea said Thursday’s drone strike on a military base in Lahaj province, which killed several people, was a “legitimate operation against aggression”...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Un, Yemen, Lahaj, Yahya Sarea

Yemen rebels boycott meeting with UN-led truce monitors

Yemeni rebels on Sunday boycotted a meeting chaired by the head of a UN-led ceasefire monitoring team in the flashpoint city of Hodeida, accusing him of pursuing "other agendas". Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is leading a joint committee, which includes both government and rebel representatives, tasked with overseeing a truce in the Red Sea port city and the withdrawal of both parties. Huthi rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam said Cammaert "steered from the course of the agreement b...
Tags: News, Un, Yemen, Red Sea, Huthi, Hodeida, Patrick Cammaert, Mohammed Abdelsalam, Cammaert

Introducing: The Ulysse Nardin Freak X

One of the quintessential UN watches of all time gets a fresh reinterpretation.
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The Latest: Canada says UN found Saudi woman faced danger

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local):
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Man accused of shooting down UN chief: ‘Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to…’

Exclusive research reveals that a British-trained Belgian mercenary admitted the killing of Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961Jan van Risseghem was only a teenager when his mother ordered him to flee Nazi-occupied Belgium for her native England with his brother Maurice. After hiding in a convent, and an epic journey across the war-torn continent, they reached safety in Portugal, then took a ship north.Once in England, the pair signed up with the Belgian resistance, and with the help of an uncle enrolled f...
Tags: England, Africa, World news, United Nations, Portugal, Belgium, Un, Raf, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dag Hammarskjöld, Risseghem, Maurice After

RAF veteran ‘admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general’

Cold case documentary casts new light on mystery of Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crash in ZambiaNew evidence has emerged linking an RAF veteran to the death in 1961 of the UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a mysterious plane crash in southern Africa.Jan van Risseghem has been named as a possible attacker before, but has always been described simply as a Belgian pilot. The Observer can now reveal that he had extensive ties to Britain, including a British mother and wife, trained with the RAF a...
Tags: Africa, World news, Britain, Un, Raf, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sundance film festival, Dag Hammarskjöld, ZambiaNew, Africa Jan van Risseghem

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun: Saudi teenager 'very, very happy' after arriving in Canada

A "very, very happy" Saudi teenager who caused a sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad was welcomed with open arms in Toronto on Saturday at the end of a dramatic but exhausting international odyssey. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun after she landed in Toronto, wearing a skirt, a gray hoodie emblazoned in red with the word "CANADA" and a blue cap with the logo of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Smiling broadly, the...
Tags: News, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Toronto, Thailand, Canada, United Nations, Un, Quebec, UNHCR, Bangkok, Kuwait, Ottawa, Justin Trudeau, Ontario, Reuters

UN envoy hails Macedonia’s ratification of name deal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A U.N. envoy has congratulated Macedonia after its parliament approved a deal with Greece that will rename the country North Macedonia. Matthew Nimetz said in a statement that the agreement, which remains to be ratified by Greece, paves the way for “a firmer basis for peace and security in the Balkans.” […]
Tags: News, Greece, Nation, Macedonia, Un, Balkans, ATHENS Greece, Matthew Nimetz, North Macedonia

UN anti-corruption body in Guatemala says work lit backlash

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The head of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission in Guatemala says power structures that co-opt the government and refuse to give up their privileges are responsible for trying to block the body’s work. In a letter to the U.N. secretary-general, Ivan Velasquez says the intensity of the character attacks and threats […]
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UN proposal calls for monitors to oversee Yemen cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. resolution would establish a political mission in Yemen to oversee implementation of a cease-fire and the withdrawal of rival forces from the key port of Hodeida. The British-drafted resolution, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, would approve Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ proposal for up to 75 U.N. monitors to […]
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Universal Internet Access Unlikely Until at Least 2050, Experts Say

Parts of the world will be excluded from the internet for decades to come without major efforts to boost education, online literacy and broadband infrastructure, experts have warned. From a report: While half the world's population now uses the internet, a desperate lack of skills and stagnant investment mean the UN's goal of universal access, defined as 90% of people being online, may not be reached until 2050 or later, they said. The bleak assessment highlights the dramatic digital divide that...
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Canadian prime minister confirms Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun to be granted asylum

A Saudi woman who fled to Thailand fearing her family would kill her has been granted asylum by Canada, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, confirmed on Friday. On Friday night Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, was said to be en route to Canada, where she would be granted asylum.    "Canada has been unequivocal that we'll stand up for human rights and women's rights around the world," Mr Trudeau said. "When the United Nations made a request of us that we grant Miss al-Qunun's asy...
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North Korea's harsh human rights record could undermine US nuclear deal, UN official says

U.N. human rights official says any deal would remain 'fragile' if Pyongyang does not address issues of political prisoners, enslavement.            [Author: Special to USA TODAY]
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Bahrain arbitrarily detained activist's family, UN body rules

Trio are related to UK-based Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has protested against kingdomBahrain has been found guilty by a UN body of arbitrarily detaining three relatives of a British-based human rights activist as a reprisal for his protest in London against the visit of the country’s king in 2017.In a judgment published on Thursday, the UN called for all three to be released from detention and suggested evidence showed they had been victims of torture and false confessions. Continue reading...
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Bahrain wrongly detained family of UK protester, UN rights group rules

Detained trio were all related to British-based human rights activist Sayed Ahmed AlwadaeiBahrain has been found guilty by a UN body of arbitrarily detaining three relatives of a British-based human rights activist as a reprisal for his protest in London against the visit of the country’s king in 2017.In a judgment published on Thursday, the UN called for all three to be released from detention and suggested evidence showed they had been victims of torture and false confessions. Continue reading...
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