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Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator’s blog

Mirants UN - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 04:20
In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents. 

Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief

Law UN - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 15:34
Ahead of hoped-for peace talks between Afghan Government and Taliban negotiators, UN peacekeepers in Afghanistan have urged parties to “redouble” their efforts to keep civilians safe.

Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

Global Warming - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 16:03
At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much.

Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security Council

Law UN - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 20:51
The UN regrets that the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in doubt, but notwithstanding current challenges, that landmark deal is still the best way to ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme proceeds along a peaceful path, the UN’s top political official said on Tuesday.

Pause before sharing, to help stop viral spread of COVID-19 misinformation

Law UN - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:43
The UN is asking people to make the same judgement calls they’ve been applying to social distancing, to social media, and take extra care before sharing.

Harmful practices rob women and girls of ‘right to reach their full potential’

Law UN - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 04:15
Urgent, and accelerated action is needed to end female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other “harmful practices” and abuses carried out against women and girls, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA), said on Tuesday, in its latest major report on the state of the world’s population. 

First Person: Looking to the skies to understand the climate crisis

Global Warming - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 04:15
Could studying the cosmos help us to fight the climate crisis? Two astronomers at the University of Hawaii think that knowledge of the solar system may help to slow down the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.

FROM THE FIELD: Supporting Nepal’s migrants, as overseas work dries up

Mirants UN - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 16:15
Nepal is one most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with many Nepalese sending home around $8.79 billion from abroad. However, since the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, work for many of them has dried up. The UN is supporting efforts to manage the large-scale influx of returnee workers.

UN highlights urgent need to tackle impact of likely electric car battery production boom

Global Warming - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 04:15
Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD, to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be urgently addressed.

What will power the post-pandemic global economic recovery?

Global Warming - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 04:15
As governments try to kick-start their economies, the UN is calling for recovery plans to be built around low-carbon technologies, to avoid a return to fossil fuel-based "business as usual".

Extraordinary ‘megaflash’ lightning strikes cover several hundred kilometres, smashing records

Global Warming - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 20:59
New records for extreme lightning bursts, or ‘megaflashes’, during 2019, have been made official, more than doubling the size and duration of the previous record flashes, the UN’s weather agency, WMO, announced on Thursday.

US sanctions against international court staff a ‘direct attack’ on judicial independence

Law UN - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 17:18
The decision by the United States to authorize sanctions targeting staff at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is “a direct attack to the institution’s judicial independence”, UN human rights experts said on Thursday.

Digital tools being used to track people as never before, warns UN rights chief

Law UN - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:58
The internet and new digital tools are being manipulated as never before to infringe on people’s right to free assembly, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology during peaceful demonstrations.

COVID-19’s far reaching impact on global drug abuse

Law UN - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 08:30
More than 35 million people around the world now suffer from drug addiction, according to the latest annual report on the scourge, from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released on Thursday, which also analyzes the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global drug markets.

First Person: Innovation brewing at Hawaii coffee farm

Global Warming - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 04:00
Innovation and experimentation are helping a coffee farm in the US state of Hawaii to prosper in a competitive market, an approach which has helped the company to get through the global COVID-19 pandemic.

UN agency assisting Palestinians working at ‘full capacity with inadequate resources’

Mirants UN - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 19:52
Some 75 countries and non-governmental organizations have  pledged  $130 million in financial commitments to the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, UNRWA, following a  virtual conference on Tuesday,

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

Global Warming - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:57
Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in the Arctic Circle likely reached a record 38C (100.4F), last weekend, have been approved by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pending final verification, it said on Tuesday.

FROM THE FIELD: Painting the post-pandemic world in Senegal

Mirants UN - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:14
A group of mural artists in Senegal is painting its vision of how the world may look after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, whilst providing important information about how, in the meantime, to stay safe from the deadly virus.

FROM THE FIELD: The plight of refugees persecuted for their sexual orientation

Mirants UN - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 04:00
Millions of people around the world are at risk because of their sexual orientation or sex characteristics. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has underlined the fact that, under international law, they must be protected as refugees. 

Our insurer gave us the 'PUSH-OFF' over cover for our pet

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:05
Tony Dearsley was left stunned when he was told he could keep his lifetime pet cover – but only if he was prepared to pay an annual premium three times higher than the year before, a massive £7,410.
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