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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 newswire3DOD Official: U.S. Will Not Allow Iran to Acquire Nuclear Weapon - Amid ongoing skepticism among lawmakers about Iran`s nuclear intentions, a senior Defense Department official told Congress today the United States will not allow Tehran to build a nuclear weapon
SOP newswire3Renewed Tension Disrupts UN Construction Projects in Gaza Strip - More than 20 UN construction projects for schools and housing in Gaza are stalled, and social and economic conditions are worsening due to the closure of crossings with Israel as clashes have increased.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Safe Passage for Aid Delivery to Syrians in Need - A top UN official said she is disappointed that a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the Syrian conflict was broken on Saturday and aid workers were deliberately targeted as they tried to deliver food and medicine to Homs.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel, Foreign Minister Discuss U.S.-Japan Alliance - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met at the Pentagon yesterday to discuss ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation.
SOP newswire3U.S. Continues to Plan for Post-2014 Afghan Mission, Chuck Hagel Says - The United States continues to plan for a post-2014 training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.
SOP newswire3UN Warns Thousands Fleeing Violence in Central African Republic - Violence in the Central African Republic has sent thousands of people streaming into neighbouring countries.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Highlights Need for Peaceful Resolution of Political Crisis in Ukraine - Ban Ki-moon reiterated the urgency of ending the political crisis in Ukraine through dialogue.
SOP newswire3UN: First Civilians Evacuated from Homs After Nearly Two-Year Siege - As the first of 2,500 Syrians trapped by war in Homs without aid for nearly two years were evacuated under a three-day accord allowing people out and aid in, the UN called for access to nearly 1.6 million others throughout the country.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan Counternarcotics Efforts Continue - The United States has made an extraordinary investment in both blood and treasure to eradicate terrorist safe havens and narcotics production in Afghanistan.
SOP newswire3UN: Syrian Children Subjected to Unspeakable Suffering in Civil War - Syrian children have been subjected to unspeakable suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the Government responsible for countless killings, maiming and torture, and the opposition for recruiting youngsters for combat.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Down With Gender Equality & Women's Enpowerment - Ban Ki-moon pledged to root for women everywhere ahead of his departure for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
SOP newswire3Ahead of the Sochi Games, Ban Calls for Observance of Olympic Truce - Ban Ki-moon called for the observance of the Olympic Truce, calling on everyone engaged in armed hostilities to lay down their weapons and cease hostilities.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Launches Scientific Advisory Board - TheUN must use science and technology to strengthen its policy-making on sustainable development, reducing inequality and eradicating extreme poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
SOP newswire3UN: First Round of Syria Peace Talks Going Nowhere - The first round of talks will end tomorrow with no serious breakthrough and no major change in the position of either side.
SOP newswire3UN Probes Human Rights Abuses in South Sudan - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan is seeking to verify reports of human rights violations in the conflict that erupted just over a month ago.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned About Attacks on Media in Egypt - Voicing deep concern about the growing threats and attacks on members of the media in Egypt, the UN urged the authorities to investigate reports of violence against them.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Hails Poland as Important Strategic Ally - Poland continues to be an important strategic ally through NATO, in Europe and around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
SOP newswire3Security Council Urges Cooperation to Tackle Kidnapping for Ransom by Terrorists - The UN Security Council condemned incidents of kidnapping committed by terrorists for any purpose, including raising funds or gaining political concessions.
SOP newswire3UN Marks Holocaust Memorial Day - The United Nations paid tribute to the 6 million Jews and countless others massacred in the Nazi Holocaust with a solemn ceremony in the General Assembly Hall.
SOP newswire3Afghan Forces Winning Tough Fight Against Taliban - Afghan National Security Forces are prevailing in their battles against the Taliban and other fighters, a senior U.S. commander told reporters from Afghanistan today.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel: U.S. Will Help With Olympics Security If Needed - Top Defense Department officials have offered the Russian government U.S. help with security during the Feb. 7-23 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but have received no requests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
SOP newswire3Ban Urges World Business Leaders to Help Combat Climate Change - Ban Ki-moon kept up the drumbeat for business to play its full part in tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development for a second day today, telling the World Economic Forum in Davos that investments now will generate major savings for tomorrow.
SOP newswire3Ban Condemns Series Of Terrorist Attacks In Egypt - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the wave of terrorist attacks in Greater Cairo.
SOP newswire2French President Scandal: Lust Trumps Brains - French President Francois Hollande`s evolving sex scandal is dissected Friday in a national op-ed piece by noted New York clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist Judy Kuriansky.
SOP newswire3Ban Condemns Spate of Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan - Reiterating deep concern over continued terrorist attacks and sectarian violence in Pakistan, Ban Ki-moon condemned a spate of deadly violence in the country.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Opens Syrian Peace Talks - Ban Ki-moon opened a concerted new effort to end the civil war in Syria, urging the Government, the opposition, and representatives of 40 other countries and regional organizations to seize the opportunity to end the bloodshed.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Condemns Latest Blast to Strike Beirut Suburb - Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations envoy to Lebanon have condemned today`s explosion in a southern Beirut suburb that killed and wounded a number of people.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Stronger Response to Crisis in Central African Republic - United Nations officials called for a stronger response to prevent further human suffering in the Central African Republic.
SOP newswire3UN: Weak Global Economy Strangling Job Employment Creation - Employment is not expanding sufficiently fast to keep up with the growing labour force.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Honors Holocaust Victims - Ban Ki-moon joined congregants at a New York City synagogue on Saturday to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.
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