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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 newswireColombia: UN refugee agency welcomes draft law aimed at helping displaced people - The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the introduction of a draft law to aid displaced people in Colombia, the country which has the largest population of agency concern with 3 million
SOP newswireCote d Ivoire: UN ecology chief calls for international funds to clean up toxic dumping - The United Nations environmental agency today called for urgent international funding to help Cote d Ivoire clean-up and rehabilitate sites contaminated by deadly toxic waste from abroad that was criminally
SOP newswirePeople smugglers have shipped more than 22,000 Africans to Yemen this year, UN says - More than 22,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Gulf of Aden in rickety smugglers’ boats from Somalia to Yemen this year, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
SOP newswireSurging violence tearing social fabric of Iraq, UN envoy warns - The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called on the Iraqi authorities to capture the perpetrators behind the wave of “despicable violent crimes” that have killed and injured
SOP newswireU.S. Soldiers Share Thanksgiving Tradition With Iraqis - YUSUFIYAH, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2006 – In 1620, natives of England sailed to the Americas in hopes of a better future, but suffered a devastating first winter. At the beginning of the following fall, 46 of the original 102 pilgrims who sailed on
SOP newswireIran takes steps 'in right direction' on nuclear issues - Iran has agreed to a request by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide access to materials related to its uranium enrichment activities, but cooperation is still too limited
SOP newswireCivilians in Israel, Palestine bear brunt of abuses, UN rights chief says - Wrapping up a visit to the Middle East, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said today that Palestinian and Israeli civilians were the primary victims of the alarming deprivation of human rights in the region.
SOP newswireU.S. General Says, NATO Must Honor Troop Pledges for Afghanistan - Washington „Ÿ NATOfs international force charged with helping to stabilize Afghanistan remains understaffed by as much as 15 percent, and the use of many of these forces comes
SOP newswireSaudi Arabia and UN agricultural arm agree to strengthen development cooperation - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Saudi Arabia have approved almost $60 million worth of joint development projects over the next five years across the Middle Eastern country, the FAO announced today
SOP newswireActivists Worry About Darfur Violence Spreading Through Region - Washington – The violence in Darfur, Sudan, is spreading to neighboring countries – Chad and the Central African Republic – according to award-winning actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow.
SOP newswire1.16 million Newborns in sub-Saharan Africa die each year UN report - Each year at least 1.16 million newborns die in sub-Saharan Africa within the first 28 days of life, making the region the world"s most dangerous to be born in, yet
Juliet MaruruFighting For freedom, Controversy, and Wambui Otieno Mbugua - Wambui Otieno Mbugua is not new to creating controversy on the Kenyan scene. Her first wedding to S. M. Otieno stretched boundaries because
SOP newswireInternational Donors Condemn Sri Lanka Cease-Fire Violations - Washington – Members of an international contact group working to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) expressed alarm at the rising violence in Sri Lanka, condemned
SOP newswireAnnan and Security Council condemn assassination of Lebanese Government minister - Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council expressed shock and condemnation today at the assassination of Lebanon’s Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, calling for restraint from all sides and urging national unity.
SOP newswireBosnia and Herzegovina: 11th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accord - Eleven years ago, the Dayton Peace Accords ended a savage war in Bosnia and Herzegovina that claimed over 100,000 lives, brutalized, injured and displaced millions more. The leadership of the United States and NATO's military intervention was critical in achieving peace. Barely a decade
SOP newswireNATO Leaders To Discuss Global Missions at Riga Summit - Washington -- The United States has made great efforts to strengthen diplomatic relations with Europe and is ready to work alongside European governments to
SOP newswireTop UN Relief Official Says Darfur Now Needs Humanitarian Aid - The number of people in need of aid to survive in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region has surged by hundreds of thousands to 4 million in just the past six months, according to the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator.
SOP newswireAnnan calls for strategy to prevent biological weapons falling into terrorists’ hands - Stressing that “the horror of biological weapons is shared by all,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for a comprehensive strategy that will tackle the possibility of such arms falling into the hands of terrorists.
SOP newswireAnnan calls for strategy to prevent biological weapons falling into terrorists hands - Mr. Annan noted that he had already proposed the convening of a forum that would bring together the various stakeholders " industry, science, public health, governments, and the public
SOP newswireAPEC Hanoi Declaration affirms support for Doha Development Agenda - Washington -- Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies outlined their commitment to advancing free trade and investment, enhancing human security and building stronger societies and harmonious communities in a joint statement issued in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the conclusion of the 14th APEC Leaders' Meeting November 19.
SOP newswireAnnan speaks with leaders of Syria and Iran about stability in Lebanon - In a bid to promote stability in Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the leaders of Iran and Syria to advocate dialogue as a means to resolve differences in the country.
SOP newswireBush, at APEC, Outlines Areas of International Cooperation - The United States’ shared interests with other Asia-Pacific nations and its commitment to remain engaged in the region were reiterated by President Bush on November 18.
SOP newswireState's Jeffrey says nuclear dispute does not override need for greater freedom - Washington -- U.S. policy toward Iran has twin goals: ending Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and encouraging its government to institute democratic reforms, says Ambassador
SOP newswireIraqi Special Forces, Police Nab Cell Leaders, Members - WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2006 " Iraqi special forces soldiers and police nabbed terror-cell leaders and members in raids in Baghdad over the last
SOP newswireWe must combat - Good morning everyone. Can I extend a very warm welcome to Helen Clark, the New Zealand Prime Minister, and say, Helen, how delighted and honoured we are to have you here in Downing Street and to have you here in
SOP newswireTaliban insurgency tops list of concerns as Security Council team arrives in Afghanistan - With the Taliban insurgency posing a major problem for Afghanistan, the head of a Security Council mission there today pledged that the international community will stand
SOP newswire Director General WARNS terrorist threat facing the UK and US - Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the Director General of the Security Service, gave a speech at Queen Mary College, London on 9 November 2006 in which she warned of the continuing threat of terrorism and described how the Security Service and others
SOP newswireUN envoy warns neighbours against using Somalia as theatre for proxy war - Postponed peace talks for solving the crisis in Somalia, now scheduled to be held in mid-December, offer the best hope for the war-torn country, and neighbouring States must avoid
SOP newswireMarking 50 years of peacekeeping, Annan says UN can meet challenges ahead - Fifty years after the creation of the first United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Egypt's Suez Canal, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the world body is up to the new challenges.
SOP newswireMeeting the terrorist challenge Speech by the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP - And today I want to announce the framework of a new regime we are developing nationally and internationally for rooting out terrorist finance.
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