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Myanmar’s UN envoy accuses military junta of township massacre

Kyaw Moe Tun, who has defied regime attempts to sack him, tells UN it must take action over killings in remote Sagaing areaMyanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, who has refused to leave his post despite being fired by the junta after the February coup, has alerted the world body to a “reported massacre” by the military.Kyaw Moe Tun sent a letter to the UN secretary general, António Guterres, on Tuesday saying 40 bodies had been found in July in the Sagaing area of north-western Myanmar. Co...
Tags: South and Central Asia, United Nations, Un, Myanmar, Antonio Guterres, Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Myanmar coup, Kyaw Moe Tun


Myanmar U.N. Envoy Says Personal Security Stepped up Amid Threat

By Michelle NicholsNEW YORK (Reuters) - Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations, denounced by his country's military rulers, said on Wednesday...
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Russia Tells UN It Wants Vast Expansion of Cybercrime Offenses, Plus Network Backdoors, Online Censorship

An anonymous reader writes: Russia has put forward a draft convention to the United Nations ostensibly to fight cyber-crime. The proposal, titled "United Nations Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes," calls for member states to develop domestic laws to punish a far broader set of offenses than current international rules recognize. Russia, the ransomware hotbed whose cyber-spies were blamed for attacking US and allied networks, did...
Tags: Russia, US, Tech, United Nations, TASS, Budapest Convention


U.N. Concerned About Civilians in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United Nations is 'deeply concerned' about the safety and protection of tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan's...
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The Latest: Germany to Donate AstraZeneca to COVAX Program

The German government says it will donate all future orders of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the United Nations-backed COVAX program.
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Zambia should commit to tackling toxic lead mine’s legacy

Residents of Kabwe have been poisoned for decades and now UN experts have called for an urgent clean-up The post Zambia should commit to tackling toxic lead mine’s legacy appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Africa, Anglo American, Mining, United Nations, Un, Zambia, Contamination, Openaccess, Kabwe, Top Six, Lead Exposure, Lead Dust, Toxic Lead, Waste Dumps, Zambian Elections


Russia tells UN it wants vast expansion of cybercrime offenses, plus network backdoors, online censorship

And said entirely with a straight face, too Russia has put forward a draft convention to the United Nations ostensibly to fight cyber-crime.…
Tags: Russia, Software, United Nations, Un


100,000 Displaced by Fighting in Ethiopia's Amhara Region, 8,000 in Afar Region - U.N. Aid Chief

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The United Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths said on Tuesday 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Ethiopia's...
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UN criticises UK for failure to redress colonial-era landgrab in Kenya

Two clans brutally evicted to make way for tea plantations owned by white settlers are seeking reparations for rights violationsThe British government has been criticised by the UN for a lack of resolution over colonial-era crimes committed in Kenya.Six UN special rapporteurs have written to the government expressing concern over its failure to provide “effective remedies and reparations” to the Kipsigis and Talai peoples. Continue reading...
Tags: Tea, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, United Nations, Global development, Colonialism, Kenya, Un, Talai


If education is such a great investment, it deserves serious international backing

The World Bank and IMF should step in to finance a recovery of children’s learning chances devastated by the pandemic“Education,” wrote Nelson Mandela, “is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” One wonders what he would have made of the response to the education crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. A crisis threatening to derail social and economic progress, trapping millions of children in poverty. The UN secretary general has warned of a “generational catastrophe”, y...
Tags: UK, London, Education, Africa, G20, World news, Nelson Mandela, Global Economy, United Nations, Un, World Bank, Boris Johnson, Imf, Global Education, International Monetary Fund (IMF, Coronavirus


UN Calls Myanmar Military Actions Moves Away From Democracy

The United Nations is calling the Myanmar military’s extension of the state of emergency and election delay moves in the wrong direction from international calls for the restoration of democracy.
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Bury Your Head in the Sand and ESG will Go Away

ESG has become such a large component of my law practice that I am now collaborating with a fabulous group attorneys in ESG Legal Solutions, LLC, a new non-law consulting firm. Nancy Hudes and I will be publishing a new blog beginning later this month at www.ESGLegalSolutions.com. And if we can assist you or a client of your in ESG matters, do not hesitate to reach out to me. The origin of this idiom comes from the widespread misconception that ostriches bury their heads in the sand. Despite tha...
Tags: Law, Eu, Rome, United States, United Nations, SEC, The Wall Street Journal, Biden, ESG, Wall Street Journal, United Airlines, Stuart Kaplow, Labor Department, Milton Friedman, Sarbanes Oxley, Kaplow


The risk we face when populations are more important than people

There is no perfect population number, writes Dr. Natalia Kanem, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. However, talks on a population bust or a boom in the Covid-19 era have dominated the media discussion. "The real cause for alarm, though, is not the prospect of a baby boom or baby bust. It is the risk that we treat "population" as more important than people," Kanem writes.
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‘Put farmers at the heart of food systems’ to feed the world

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s QU Dongyu says food systems have to be transformed to make them more resilient and inclusive. The post ‘Put farmers at the heart of food systems’ to feed the world appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Poverty, United Nations, Inequality, Land Degradation, Food Insecurity, Malnutrition, Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Hunger, Sustainable Food Production, Top Six, Qu Dongyu, Food Systems, Smallholder Farms, Sustainable Food Systems Summit


China, India Miss UN Deadline to Update Emissions Targets

China and India have missed a United Nations deadline to submit fresh targets for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.
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More Countries Hike Climate Pledges, Piling Pressure on Major Emitters

By Kate AbnettBRUSSELS (Reuters) - A group of mostly smaller countries submitted new, more ambitious climate pledges to the United Nations this...
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UN compound in Afghanistan attacked, at least one guard killed

At least one security guard was killed in Afghanistan Friday after the Taliban attacked the central United Nations compound in the...
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UN compound attacked in Herat city, western Afghanistan

Identity of assailants unknown, but Taliban fighters are known to have penetrated city after US withdrawalThe main UN compound in the capital of the western Afghan province of Herat was attacked by “anti-government elements” on Friday and at least one security guard was killed, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.The attack, involving rocket-propelled grenades and guns, happened hours after Taliban fighters penetrated deep into Herat city, and heavy clashes with Afg...
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UN: 100,000 Children in Ethiopia's Tigray Face Deadly Hunger

The United Nations children’s agency says more than 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region could face the most extreme and life-threatening form of malnutrition in the next year.
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UK cultural landmarks may lose world heritage status, says Unesco chief

Exclusive: UN body warns ministers they must do more to protect Britain’s historic landmarksUK cultural landmarks such as Stonehenge could be stripped of their coveted World Heritage status unless the government curbs “ill-advised development” and protects historic sites for future generations, a Unesco chief has warned.Dr Mechtild Rössler, the director of Unesco’s World Heritage Centre, urged ministers to “do everything” they can to conserve the UK’s treasures after Liverpool became only the th...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Culture, Unesco, Britain, Liverpool, Heritage, United Nations, Un, Stonehenge, Dr Mechtild Rössler, World Heritage Centre


Opinion: I've been raped, beaten and held under house arrest for fighting for my Sahrawi people

Earlier this month, the Biden administration reaffirmed the United States' recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara, a disputed region on the northwest coast of Africa. The United Nations calls Western Sahara a "non-self-governing territory"; I call it home. My home is under occupation and my people, the Sahrawis, are under attack, and the US position on Western Sahara legitimizes this occupation and will be used as license for further attacks. I know this because I have lived it...
Tags: News, Africa, US, United States, Morocco, United Nations, Stories, Biden, Western Sahara


7 Disneyland rides made into movies, and 7 more possible projects

While many Disneyland attractions are based on films, a few have made the journey in the opposite direction — starting as theme park rides that became major motion pictures. The upcoming “Jungle Cruise” is the latest entry in Disney’s ever-growing catalog of attempts to turn theme park attractions into film franchises — with most of them until recently becoming fabulous flops rather than breakout hits. The new “Jungle Cruise” debuting Friday, July 30 will bring the classic 1955 Disneyland ride t...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, Movies, Abc, China, Amy Schumer, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United Nations, Amy Poehler, Guillermo Del Toro, New Orleans


Jean-Pierre Hocke, Ex-Head of UN Refugee Agency, Dies at 83

Jean-Pierre Hocke, a Swiss humanitarian official who headed the United Nations’ refugee agency in the late 1980s, has died.
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I've been raped and beaten fighting for my people

Earlier this month, the Biden administration reaffirmed the United States' recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara, a disputed region on the northwest coast of Africa. The United Nations calls Western Sahara a "non-self-governing territory"; I call it home. My home is under occupation and my people, the Sahrawis, are under attack, and the US position on Western Sahara legitimizes this occupation and will be used as license for further attacks. I know this because I have lived it...
Tags: News, Africa, US, United States, Morocco, United Nations, Stories, Biden, Western Sahara


Green Hotel Investments To #Restarttourism

Destination Capital (DC) has signed a collaborative arrangement with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations to support the rejuvenation of the hotel industry. The arrangement supports the relationship DC has with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to promote investment in green and sustainable tourism accommodation and to stimulate re-employment, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tags: Travel, United Nations, World Tourism Organization UNWTO, International Finance Corporation IFC, Destination Capital DC


Myanmar could become Covid ‘super-spreader’ state, says UN expert

Special rapporteur urges security council to call for ceasefire amid fears Covid will spread across wider regionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMyanmar is at risk of becoming a super-spreader Covid state that fuels outbreaks across the region, the UN special rapporteur for the country has warned as he urged the security council to call for a ceasefire.The south-east Asian country is facing its most severe outbreak yet, on top of a deep political and economic crisis br...
Tags: World news, South and Central Asia, United Nations, Un, Myanmar, Coronavirus


UNHCR’s seven decades of work with refugees – in pictures

As refugees in the UK mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN refugee convention, we look at the work of the UNHCR around the world since the 1950s Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, United Nations, Refugees, Un, UNHCR


‘No parallels’: 2,300-year-old solar observatory awarded Unesco world heritage status

Chankillo in Peru features 13 stone towers built in 250 to 200 BC that functioned as a calendar by marking the rising and setting arcs of the sunThe oldest solar observatory in the Americas has been awarded Unesco world heritage status and dubbed “a masterpiece of human creative genius”.The 2,300-year-old archaeological ruin Chankillo which lies in a desert valley in northern Peru was one of 13 new global sites added to the list of cultural monuments. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Unesco, United Nations, Peru


Anglophone Cameroon plays politics with no-work day

With Mondays enforced as off-days from work in conflict-ridden Cameroon, gathering at dog meat eateries to consume the delicacy and drink alcohol has become a weekly pastime. The post Anglophone Cameroon plays politics with no-work day appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Africa, Cameroon, United Nations, DOUALA, Northern Cameroon, Paul Biya, Dog Meat, Southern Cameroon, Ambazonia, Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR


France’s last inhabited lighthouse gets Unesco status – in pictures

The Cordouan beacon is the last to be inhabited in France and only the second, after the Tower of Hercules at La Coruña in Spain, to be added to Unesco’s World Heritage list. Cordouan was built at the end of the 16th century and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Gironde estuary in south-western France Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, Spain, World news, Unesco, United Nations, Hercules, Atlantic Ocean, Gironde, La Coruna, Cordouan