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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 newswire3Bloodshed in Congo - A preliminary UN investigation into a massacre reportedly carried out in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, reveals that "at least 535 civilians were killed in four attacks," the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO, said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Millions of Syrians Hit by Harsh Weather - With people in Syria "suffering a cold, hard winter," the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator on Wednesday appealed for international funding, backed by UN Security Council support for safe aid delivery, to alleviate the conditions faced by millions struggling for survival amidst rain, snowfall and freezing temperatures across the still war-torn nation.
SOP newswire3Somalia-UN Relationship - Discussions described in a joint statement as "open, cordial and frank," took place on Wednesday, between Somalia's top two politicians and the UN political and peacebuilding affairs chief, in the capital Mogadishu.
SOP newswire3Palestinian Childrens Education Impacted by Interference Around West Bank Schools - Alarmed by a high number of reported incidents of interference in or near Palestinian schools in the West Bank since the beginning of the school year in September, the UN called on Wednesday for them to be better-protected from the effects of Israeli occupation.
SOP newswire3Human Trafficking Cases Hit a 13-year Record High - The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UN headquarters in New York, shows a record-high number of cases detected during 2016, but also the largest recorded conviction rate of traffickers.
SOP newswire3Palestine Refugee Crisis Expanding - "Alarming and expanding" problems affecting Palestine refugees, risk further destabilizing the Middle East, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNWRA, said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Attacks on Venezuela Refugees, Migrants - Attacks and hate speech against Venezuelans seeking shelter in neighbouring countries should be condemned "with a clear and forceful message of rejection" and solidarity, a top UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and UN migration agency (IOM) official said in a statement on Monday.
SOP newswire3Global Rise in anti-Semitism - Warning that anti-Semitism, the worlds oldest prejudice, has persisted to torment new generations, Secretary-General Guterres has pledged that the United Nations will always be at the forefront of the fight against all forms of hatred, and work to strengthen efforts to uphold human dignity for all.
SOP newswire3Two Peacekeepers Killed in an Attack Against UN Convoy in Mali - Two peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Friday following an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack against a convoy near Douentza, in the Mopti region, central Mali.
SOP newswire3Security Council Convenes Meeting to Discuss Political Turmoil in Venezuela - The United Nations political chief told an urgent meeting of the Security Council on Saturday that the protracted political crisis in Venezuela is a cause for serious concern and is having a grave impact on the population, with high levels of political polarization, growing humanitarian needs and serious human rights concerns.
SOP newswire3Ukraine: Enduring Freezing Winter in a War Zone - In Ukraine, extreme winter cold is making life harder for thousands of people whose lives have already been torn apart by conflict. Hoping to find safer places to live, families in the region have had to endure a battle for survival, in buildings without heat or electricity.
SOP newswire3Colombian Consensus Against Return to Violence - Two years after the signing of the historic peace agreement in Colombia and following a recent escalation of violence, the newly-appointed representative of the United Nations in the country, told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that its people have established a "broad consensus" against further conflict, before highlighting key steps to stabilize the nation.
SOP newswire3Medical Supplies Airlifted to Syria - In response to the growing health needs of people in north-east Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has airlifted urgent medical supplies to the region, for the second time this month.
SOP newswire3Children Need Protection in Sudan - Children are likely among the dead during a month of nationwide protests in Sudan with "scores" of others injured and detained, according to a top UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) official, who spelled out that "children should never be targeted nor used or exploited."
SOP newswire3Hopes for Palestinian State Hit by Facts on the Ground - The possibility of establishing a viable, contiguous Palestinian state has been systematically eroded by facts on the ground.
SOP newswire3UN Bullying Report - The emotional and physical pain brought on by bullying can be excruciating, yet this behavior continues to abound in schools globally, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that is calling for all children to have access to a "safe, inclusive" learning environment.
SOP newswire3Nigeria: Armed Conflict Continues to Uproot Thousands - Since November, more than 80,000 Nigerians have been forcibly displaced due to ongoing violence in the north-east, adding to two million people already displaced by violence, or forced across the countrys borders as refugees, the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3UN Promotes Global Disarmament - The head of the UN in Geneva, has warned delegates to the Conference on Disarmament that cyber-security challenges, and the existence of new weapons systems and technologies, are not being sufficiently addressed or reflected in current arms control regimes.
SOP newswire3UN: Migrants Face Higher Risk of Developing Ill-health - European authorities are "struggling" to meet the needs of irregular migrants and refugees who are wrongly accused of spreading sickness among host communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, at the launch of its first report on the subject.
SOP newswire3Ten UN Peacekeepers Killed in a Terrorist Attack in Mali - Ten blue helmets from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Sunday following a complex terrorist attack against the missions camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, northern Mali.
SOP newswire3UN: Another 170 Migrants Disappear in Shipwrecks - The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that "no effort should be spared" in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing.
SOP newswire3Mexico: UN Chief Saddened by Pipeline Blast in Which Dozens Were Killed - The United Nations Secretary-General, Guterres, learned with sadness of the deadly explosion of an oil pipeline on Friday in Hidalgo State, Mexico, and extended the UNs assistance to the national authorities, his Spokesman said on Saturday.
SOP newswire3Defense Intelligence Agency Releases Report on China Military Power - The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released China Military Power, a product that examines the core capabilities of Chinas military.
SOP newswire3Yemen: Security Council Backs New Mission in Support of Key Port City Truce - The Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday in favour of deploying up to 75 observers to monitor a fragile ceasefire in Yemen port city of Hudaydah which went into effect late last month a lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation.
SOP newswire3900 Killed in Intercommunal Attacks in Congo - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes.
SOP newswire3Dire Humanitarian Crisis in Mali - With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali "remains dire."
SOP newswire3Iran: Women Hunger Strikers Entitled to Medical Care - A group of six independent United Nations rights experts called on Iran Wednesday to urgently provide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi access to appropriate health care, and reiterated calls for their immediate release, as they continue a hunger strike in protest.
SOP newswire3First Aid in Ssix Months Reaches Families in Western Yemen - Thousands of families in conflict-affected communities south of the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah in Yemen have received aid for the first time since last July, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Terrorist Act in Nairobi - Following a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Guterres, and the President of the UN General Assembly, MarĂ­a Fernanda Espinosa, condemned the act and said they stand in solidarity with the Kenyan people.
SOP newswire3Thousands of Syrians in Life and Death Struggle in Remote Desert Camp - Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are "increasingly desperate" and "have become a matter of life and death," United Nations officials warned on Tuesday, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.
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