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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 newswire3Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton To Visit El Salvador And Honduras - Clinton will travel to El Salvador to attend the presidential inauguration of Mauricio Funes on June 1.
SOP newswire2EU's Eastern Pact Is A Travesty - Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's president, has condemned European Union plans to strengthen ties with former Soviet
SOP newswire3UN Facing $1.5 Billion Budget Gap - The UN regular budget for 2008-2009 is facing a $1.5 billion gap, almost all of which is caused by nine countries in arrears.
SOP newswire3String Of Deadly Bombings In Iraq - The top UN envoy to Iraq strongly condemned a string of deadly bombings in the country, calling them reprehensible crimes".
Christopher HIllenbrand3 American Troops Slain In Bombing Attack - Three American troops were slain on Thursday after a bomb went off in southern Baghdad, DofD officials announced.
SOP newswire3UN: More Camps Needed For Pakistan's Displaced - With thousands uprooted by violence in Pakistan continuing to make their way to safety, the UN refugee agency said it is crucial to set up more camps.
SOP newswire3Ban Calls For Multilateral Approach To Ensure Disarmament - Calling on nations to seize the current momentum, Ban Ki-moon today appealed for a new multilateral approach to ensure sustainable progress in disarmament.
SOP newswire3America To Send Aid To Displaced Pakistanis - The Defense Department is ready to send aid to help the internally displaced people in Pakistan, a senior official said today.
SOP newswire3UN: Over 1 Million Uprooted In Pakistan - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres characterized the displacement crisis as one of the most dramatic in recent times.
Djelloul (Del) Marbrook (Editor/Mentor)Time for a New Strategic Alliance With Israel - Every issue is multi-faceted. The more facets we identify and study, the sharper our responses to the issue will be.
SOP newswire2The Muslim Brothers' Dark Empire? - There has been a significant presence of the Muslim Brothers (also known as the Muslim Brotherhood) in Qatar since the second half of the twentieth century.
SOP newswire2Small Miracles in Copenhagen - After my military service, I returned to Copenhagen in 1965, hoping to find a job in an architectural office again.
SOP newswire3UN: Death Toll Rising In Somalia - The UN refugee agency voiced deep concern over the mounting death toll in Somalia amid some of the fiercest armed clashes this year.
SOP newswire2Taliban On the Move: Thousands On The Run - Pakistan's military is pursuing its 20th day of operations against suspected Taliban bases in the districts of Swat, Buner and Lower Dir in the country's North West
Christopher HIllenbrandAmerican Journalist Leaves Iran After Unlawful Detainment - Roxana Saberi, an American journalist incarcerated from being falsely accusated of spying, has left Iran and is now in safe hands, according to her attorney.
SOP newswire3UN Appeals For More Aid For Uprooted Pakistanis - The top UN refugee official issued a call for a massive surge in international assistance to help the 800,000 Pakistanis recently displaced by clashes between Government forces and militants.
SOP newswire3Gates: Success In Afghanistan Depends On Pakistan - Without success on the Pakistan side of the border, efforts to rid both it and Afghanistan of the Taliban will be significantly harder, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.
SOP newswire3Myanmar's Most Famous Prisoner Moved To Insein Prison - Ban Ki-moon is gravely concerned " that detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for years, has been moved to Myanmar`s Insein Prison.
SOP newswire3UN Partners With Filmmakers To Give Voice To Oppressed Women - Women around the world suffering violence remain silent and invisible, Ban told the opening of an international documentary filmmakers` forum.
SOP newswire3Ban And Pakistani President Discuss Growing Crisis In Pakistan - Mr. Ban voiced the UN`s concern for the protection of civilians and the grave problems being experienced by ordinary people as a result of recent developments.
SOP newswire3US Elected To UN Human Rights Council - The General Assembly elected 18 countries to serve on UN Human Rights Council for three-year terms starting next month, including for the first time the US.
Christopher HIllenbrandSuicide Bomber Strikes Near NATO Base; 7 Killed - On Wednesday, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near a NATO base in southeastern Afghanistan, killing seven civilians.
SOP newswire2Welcome Home Roxana Saberi - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy organization today welcomed Iran`s release of American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was freed
SOP newswire3Taliban Forced Civilians To Remain In Targeted Buildings - Taliban operatives appear to have forced civilians to remain in buildings that were bombed in the course of a long May 4 firefight, the commander of U.S. Central Command said today.
SOP newswire3Petraeus: Pakistani Leaders Unite Against Taliban And al Qaeda - Pakistani leadership is united in opposing the Taliban occupation of the Swat Valley, the chief of U.S. Central Command said today.
SOP newswire3UN: Iraqi Children In Primary Schools Studying In Unsafe Environments - Children in nearly half of the primary schools in Iraq are studying in unsafe and unhealthy environments, according to a UN-backed survey.
SOP newswire3Ban Calls For Global Solidarity On Buddhist Day Of Vesak - In a message commemorating Vesak Day, which marks the birth and passing of the Buddha, Ban Ki-moon called on the world to learn from Buddha's sense of compassion.
Christopher HIllenbrandScores of Afghans Slaughtered in American Bombing - Barry said the rescue team witnessed "dozens of bodies in each of the two locations. The Red Cross verified that women and children were seen among the deceased.
SOP newswire3UN Expands Presence In Afghanistan - The UN opened its 20th office in the Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan on Saturday, continuing its drive to promote development across the strife-torn nation.
SOP newswire2 U.S. Shields Israel's Nuclear Program - The origins of the U.S. shield of Israel's nuclear program date to a 1969 summit between President Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, documents released in the past few years show.
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