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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 newswireViet Nam: UN sends assessment teams to regions struck by typhoon - United Nations agencies today sent three joint assessment missions to regions of Viet Nam struck by Typhoon Xangsane, which damaged nearly 230,000 houses and forced the evacuation of some 40,000 people.
SOP newswireNorth Korean Nuclear Test Would Be A Very Provocative Act - Washington -- Should North Korea make good on its threat to test nuclear weapons, it would be regarded as "a very provocative act" that would "create a qualitatively different situation on the Korean
SOP newswireSecretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will travel to Sintra - The Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will travel to Sintra, Portugal on 5October 2006 to chair the fifth Informal High-Level NATO-Ukraine Consultations with participation of Defence Ministers and other senior officials from Ukraine and NATO countries. The conference is coorganised by NATO and the Portuguese Atlantic Committee
SOP newswireU.S. Hails Preliminary Vote for New U.N. Secretary-General - United Nations -- The United States is "very pleased with the outcome" of a U.N. Security Council vote that puts South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ban Ki-moon in position to be formally elected as the eighth secretary-general
SOP newswireNewly Passed Act Will Help Halt Iran's Weapons Program, Bush Says - Washington -- The Iran Freedom Support Act, which won final congressional approval September 30, will enhance efforts to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and weapons development programs and bolster U.S. support for democracy-building efforts in the country, President Bush says.
SOP newswireUnited States, Kazakhstan Agree on Key Nonproliferation Project - Washington -- The United States and Kazakhstan have reached an agreement-in-principle on a key nuclear nonproliferation project, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced.
SOP newswireProbe into Israeli killing of UN monitors - A board of inquiry into an Israeli attack in Lebanon that killed four United Nations military observers in July had no access to the commanders involved and was therefore unable to determine why the attacks were not halted despite repeated appeals from UN personnel, Secretary-General
SOP newswireU.N. General Assembly Off to the Right Start, U.S. Official Says - United Nations -- The 61st U.N. General Assembly got off to a good start by emphasizing the desperate situation in Darfur, the Middle East peace process and the need for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, says Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Kristin Silverberg.
SOP newswireLebanon: UN force tends to humanitarian needs following Israeli-Hizbollah conflict - The newly reinforced United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon has taken on a humanitarian dimension, clearing roads, treating the sick and distributing water although this in not its primary function, with individual
SOP newswireMinisters to review operations transformation in Portoroz - NATO’s Afghanistan mission, other Alliance operations and its transformation will be the focus of informal consultations of Defence Ministers in Slovenia, 28-29 September, the last meeting of Ministers prior to the Riga Summit.
SOP newswireState Department calls for quick handover of power by Thai Council - Washington -- The Bush administration remains concerned over the decision by the Thai ruling council, which seized power September 19 in a military coup, to limit freedom of expression, and calls on the council to honor its stated commitment to return Thailand to the civilian control as quickly as possible.
SOP newswirePakistan's Musharraf Expresses Thanks for U.S. Earthquake Relief - Washington – Help from the United States, especially Chinook helicopters, was invaluable in conveying relief supplies to devastated areas of Pakistan following a massive October 2005 earthquake, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told an audience in Washington, September 22.
SOP newswireUN envoy to Iraq urges Government to commute sentences of people on death row - Expressing “deep concern” that over 140 persons have been sentenced to death and over 50 executed since 2004 in Iraq, the senior United Nations envoy to the war-torn country today urged the Government to commute the sentences of those on death row
SOP newswireCabinet members attend Australia meeting aimed at reviving WTO negotiations By Bruce Odessey - Washington -- The United States continues to offer flexibility in modifying its agricultural trade proposal to revive suspended World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab says.
SOP newswireRice says Palestinian government must be committed to peace - United Nations -- The Quartet for Middle East peace September 20 endorsed the efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to form a government of national unity and recognized the need to continue humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.
SOP newswireAt UN meeting, Quartet hopes new Palestinian government leads to renewed engagement - A high-level meeting at the United Nations of key international partners in the Middle East peace process today welcomed efforts to form a Palestinian national unity government in the hope that it would commit to non-violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist, thus allowing for renewed engagement.
SOP newswireU.S. and Russia Sign Liability Protocol - WASHINGTON, DC — Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman praised today's signing of a liability agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation that clears a legal hurdle for an important nonproliferation program administered by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
SOP newswireActions by Japan and Australia to Implement Resolution 1695 - The United States welcomes the actions taken today, September 19, by the Governments of Japan and Australia to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1695, which was passed in response to North Korea’s missile launches. Today’s actions will help protect the Japanese and Australian financial systems from exploitation by WMD and missile proliferators and their facilitators.
SOP newswireAnnan says only global action through the UN will resolve world’s greatest challenges - Countries will only overcome the “three great challenges” of development, security and human rights if they take action together, globally and coordinated through the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a wide-ranging speech to world leaders gathered for the opening of the General Assembly’s annual debate.
SOP newswireRally for Dafur Needs to Continue By David Rubenstein - You've written your local paper. You've called the White House. You've worn a green wristband. In whatever way you've chosen to help, you've already made a difference in the effort to stop the genocide in Darfur.
Kirwin WatsonGobble-Necked Oil Bastards Lower Prices: Want A Cookie? - When gas prices are falling, you know something fat and evil is lurking.
SOP newswireActor George Clooney, Nobel laureate Elie Weisel focus attention on crisis - United Nations -- Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and award-winning actor George Clooney pleaded with the Security Council September 14 to act decisively to end the suffering in Darfur.
SOP newswireUnited States Seeks To Double Trade with India - Washington – Implementation of the civil nuclear agreement between the United States and India would signify “an enormous increase in generating capacity that will help India meet its growing demand for electricity without relying on dirty, carbon-emitting coal, improving India’s economy and the lives of all Indians,” U.S. Ambassador to India David C. Mulford says.
SOP newswireTimor-Leste: UN commissioners near completion of probe - The United Nations Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste is close to finishing its report into the violence earlier this year that engulfed the country, causing 37 deaths and forcing more than 150,000 people – or about 15 per cent of the national population – to flee their homes.
SOP newswireIsrael-Hizbollah war showed need for a wider Middle East accord - September 2006 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the recent conflict in Lebanon had been a “wake-up” call to the governments he visited during his recent diplomacy in the region, highlighting the need for a wider Middle East peace settlement.
SOP newswireNASA Sees Rapid Changes in Arctic Sea Ice - NASA data show that Arctic perennial sea ice, which normally survives the summer melt season and remains year-round, shrunk abruptly by 14 percent between 2004 and 2005. According to researchers, the loss of perennial ice in the East Arctic Ocean was even higher, nearing 50 percent during that time as some
SOP newswireUN Force Commander briefs Lebanese Prime Minister as Israeli troops withdraw further - The United Nations military commander in Lebanon today briefed Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on the latest troop movements in the south of the country, while Israeli forces continued their withdrawal as stipulated by the Security Council resolution that ended the month of conflict in the region on 14 August.
SOP newswireWorld Migration Trends Top Agenda of U.N. Meeting - Washington -- The U.N. General Assembly will hold its first-ever plenary session on the issue of migration September 14-15, with an emphasis on how to maximize the development benefit of migration.
SOP newswireIraqi Security Forces Chart Country's Course to Self-Sufficiency By David McKeeby - Washington -- Iraqi Security Forces" continued improvement is setting the country on a "firm path to self-sufficiency," top Defense Department officials told members of Congress September 11.
SOP newswireUN Emergency Relief Coordinator spotlights peace efforts in northern Uganda - The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today met with internally displaced people in northern Uganda, where peace efforts offer hope to end a rebel-fueled conflict notorious for abuses against children.
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