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UN Agency Plan Tackles Hidden Cost of Gold

From smartphones to wedding rings, the hidden cost of everyday gold is its threat to human and environmental health, according to a new United Nations-driven initiative launched on Monday that aims to tackle mercury-based mining methods.

SOP newswire3UN: Human Rights and Counter-terrorism Must Go Hand-in-hand - Only through a strict adherence to international human rights standards can the world`s counter-terrorism strategies ultimately succeed.
SOP newswire3UN: 1.2 Million Ukrainians Uprooted by Conflict - The United Nations humanitarian office has reported that 1.2 million people in Ukraine have now been internally displaced because of conflict in the country.
SOP newswire3After Migrant Catastrophe in Mediterranean, UN Urges Robust Rescue Operations - The latest maritime catastrophe to claim the lives of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea is yet another indication of the need for a robust rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter, Spain`s Defense Minister Discuss Bilateral Relationship - In a phone call with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter recognized Spain's strong contributions to global security and its commitments to NATO.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter, Iraqi Defense Minister Reaffirm Commitment - Bilateral cooperation and progress in countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists highlighted a meeting at the Pentagon yesterday between Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi.
SOP newswire3UN Praises Blackwater Sentencing - The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Destruction at Iraq`s Nimrud Site - The United Nations agency mandated with protecting heritage sites worldwide today denounced further destruction at the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq.
SOP newswire3Security Council Imposes Arms Embargo on Yemen Rebels - The Security Council approved an arms embargo against the rebel group`s leadership and demanded that all parties refrain from unilateral actions that could undermine the country`s UN-facilitated political transition.
SOP newswire3ISIL Loses Control of Once-dominated Iraq Territory - Some 25 percent to 30 percent of Iraqi territory has been taken back from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group control by coalition forces, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Immediate Ceasfire in Libya - The UN condemned the grave escalation in hostilities in western Libya.
SOP newswire3Afghan Civilian Casualties From Ground Combat Rise in 2015: UN - In the first three months of 2015, civilian casualties from ground engagements rose by eight per cent compared to the same period last year.
SOP newswire3UN Official on Urgent Mission to Yarmouk Refugee Camp - The United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees is undertaking an urgent mission to Syria today.
SOP newswire3Coalition Airstrikes Support Operation Inherent Resolve - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Killing of Afghan Civilians - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemned the killing of 18 civilians over the last 24 hours.
SOP newswire3Mali: Security Council Welcomes Political Agreement as Historic Step Towards Peace - The members of the United Nations Security Council today welcomed a peace and reconciliation accord between the Malian Government, armed groups and an international mediation team in what the body described as an historic opportunity " for resolving the African country`s ongoing political and security crisis.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter, South Korea President Reaffirm Alliance - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with South Korea President Park Geun-hye in Seoul and reaffirmed the strength and importance of the enduring alliance between the United States and South Korea.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter, Japan`s Defense Minister Conduct Alliance Talks - On the initial overseas stop of his first Asia-Pacific trip as defense secretary, Ash Carter met today in Tokyo with Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani to discuss the alliance and mutual world interests.
SOP newswire3U.S., African Union Partner Against Terrorist Threat - Kenya has not yet asked for Department of Defense assistance following the university attack last week that left some 150 people dead, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Political Action to Promote Roma Human Rights - A United Nations rights expert has today called for strong and tangible political commitment to fight the bias and discrimination that continues to infringe upon the rights of Roma people.
SOP newswire3Security Council Condemns Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria, Chad - The members of the United Nations Security Council condemned today in the strongest terms the spate of recent terrorist attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and Chad.
SOP newswire3Leaders Reaffirm U.S.-Saudi Arabia Defense Ties - Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabian Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday and praised the countries` strategic relationship, Pentagon officials said in a written statement.
SOP newswire3Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Asia Trips to Affirm Defense Ties, Build on Initiatives - Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit Asia twice over the next two months to affirm defense relationships with allies and build upon key initiatives of the U.S. strategic rebalance to the region, Pentagon officials announced today.
SOP newswire3UN Demands End to Yarmouk Fighting - With fighting near Yarmouk intensifying, the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees today made a strong appeal to all armed actors to cease hostilities that place civilians in acute danger and to withdraw immediately from civilian populated areas.
SOP newswire3Ban Welcomes De-escalation of Bangladesh Violence - Ban welcomed the de-escalation of violence in Bangladesh in the past weeks.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Al Shabaab Terrorist Attack Against Kenyan University - The United Nations has strongly condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab that took place yesterday on a university in north-eastern Kenya, and has condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Welcomes Accord on Iran`s Nuclear Program - Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the team of international negotiators and Iran on achieving a political framework that paves the way for an historic comprehensive joint plan of action on Iran`s nuclear programme to be achieved by 30 June.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Calls on Businesses to Employ People With Autism - At a special event at United Nations Headquarters to mark World Autism Awareness Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for greater access and work opportunities for persons with autism.
SOP newswire3Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Congratulates Nigeria`s President-elect Buhari - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him, and called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.
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