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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 Warns No Food Left in Besieged Palestinian Refugee Camp - The United Nations has renewed its demand for unimpeded humanitarian access to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Israeli Disruption of Easter Procession - A top UN envoy said he was dismayed that a peaceful Easter procession led by Palestinian Christians through Jerusalem's Old City was disrupted by Israeli security forces.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Calls for End to Fighting in Central African Republic - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a radio message appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for End of Israeli Blockade of Gaza - A UN official underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the illegal collective punishment unleashed on the population there.
SOP newswire3U.S. Ship Responds to Scene of Korean Ship Sinking - The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jindo off South Korea`s southwestern coast.
SOP newswire3UN: Argentine Jail Conditions Violated Rights of Prisoner with Disabilities - A UN human rights panel said Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Immediate Release of Abducted School Girls in Nigeria - The UN condemned the abduction of some 100 school girls from their hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday and called for their immediate release.
SOP newswire3UN Urges United Kingdom to Step Up Response to Violence Against Women - Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Urges Maximum Restraint in Ukraine - Concerned by the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for maximum restraint and appealed to all sides to work towards calming the situation.
SOP newswire3DOD Spokesman Calls Hagel Asia Trip a Success - Chuck Hagel believes his just completed 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region was an overwhelming success, a Pentagon spokesman said.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Welcomes Start of Dialogue to Ease Venezuela Tensions - Ban Ki-moon welcomed the start of dialogue to ease political tensions in Venezuela and called on all actors to work towards overcoming the current challenges facing the country.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Full Inclusion of Roma People in Decision-Making in Europe - The UN independent expert on minority issues is calling on all European countries to fully include Roma people in their decision-making processes at all levels.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel: U.S. to Send 2 More Aegis Ships to Japan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the United States will send Japan two more Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017.
SOP newswire3UN Congratulates Afghan Voters for Taking Part in Elections - As voters across Afghanistan braved security threats to cast their ballots in Saturday's presidential elections, the top UN official there congratulated them for participating in this historic moment.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Commends Afghans for Presidential Election - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement praising the millions of Afghans who voted today for their next president.
SOP newswire3UN: The Ballot is the Best Weapon Afghan Women Have - It is encouraging that 35 per cent of newly-registered voters are women.
SOP newswire3UN: Central African Republic Marked by Rising Hatred - One year after rebels seized power in the Central African Republic, the situation in the country is marked by rising hatred between communities, deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Warns Against Escalation of Conflict in Ukraine - Ban Ki-moon warned the concerned parties and the international community that even small sparks can ignite larger flames of unintended consequences.
SOP newswire3U.S., British Defense Leaders Discuss Ukraine, NATO - U.S. and United Kingdom defense leaders today reiterated that there must be consequences for Russia following President Vladimir Putin`s forced annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
SOP newswire3UN: Sierra Leone a Success Story - The UN said that the West African nation has gained solid footing on the path to recovery.
SOP newswire3UN Presses for Investigation into Abuses in Sri Lanka War - The UN called for the establishment of an independent and credible investigation into alleged violations committed in 2009 during the final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned at Plans for New Israeli Settlements - The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process voiced concern at the Israeli Government`s plans to advance over 2,300 settlement units.
SOP newswire3UN All About Empowering Girls and Women - The head of the UN office focusing on the world's women has welcomed the outcome of a two-week meeting in New York that represents a milestone towards a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Water Day' - To mark World Water Day, the UN is highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development and the eradication of poverty worldwide.
SOP newswire3Ban Urges Dialogue to Resolve Crimea Crisis - Ban Ki-moon today urged real dialogue between Kyiv and Moscow to peacefully resolve the current crisis.
SOP newswire3UN Marks International Day of Happiness - The UN marked the International Day of Happiness with calls to promote social inclusion and intercultural harmony,
Vincent GonzalezPutin Gets What Putin Wants - The inadequacies of the behavior of the international community that continue to plaque the world are nothing new.
Ron G AnselmCould There be Other Factors Involved in the Case of Missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370? - Normally if a plane comes up missing with the new age of technology that consist of radar, radio traffic and other technology most likely debris and other things are found quickly that solve the reasoning for the crash.
SOP newswire3 Ban Concerned Crimea Vote Will Worsen Situation - Ban Ki-moon said he is concerned this weekend`s Crimea secession referendum will only exacerbate an already complex and tense situation.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban: Syria's Political Process in Crisis - Ban Ki-moon appealed yet again for the international community to help bring the rival Syrian parties closer on concrete measures to end the conflict.
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