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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 newswire3UN: World Not on Track to Ensure a Better Future for Children - Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Murder of Polish Mayor - The Mayor of the historic port city of Gdansk in Poland, has died in hospital after being stabbed at a televised charity event on Sunday, prompting the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to issue a statement on Monday praising him as "a deeply courageous, moral leader, who showed the way in helping refugees and migrants to integrate."
SOP newswire3Liberia Boosts Efforts to Guard Against Rising Seas - With rising sea levels due to climate change already affecting coastal communities in Liberia, there are fears that densely populated parts of the capital Monrovia could be submerged, unless action is taken.
SOP newswire3Smell of Fresh Bread Transformed One Refugee Life - Who would imagine that the smell of fresh bread wafting through a bakery could change the course of a young Syrian refugee.
SOP newswire3Is Haiti Prepared for Disasters? - Half a capital city destroyed, 220,000 reported dead and 1 million residents displaced. This was the toll of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which struck on 12 January, 9 years ago.
SOP newswire3Civilian Suffering Remains Rife in North Korea - The human rights situation in Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea - DPRK - remains "extremely serious," and along with international demands for denuclearization, this constitutes a "a critical test" for the year ahead, a senior UN-appointed expert said on Friday.
SOP newswire3Reservists Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Guatemala - Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, delivered nearly 8,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to Guatemala City yesterday.
SOP newswire3Poland first Ally to safeguard Baltic Airspace in 2019 - The Polish Air Force took over the responsibility for leading NATOs Baltic Air Policing mission out of Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, from the Belgian Air Force on 3 January 2019.
SOP newswire3Somalia: UN Congratulates Puntland Regions Newly-elected President - The UNs Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, on Wednesday congratulated the newly-elected president of Puntland, Somalias semi-autonomous region in the countrys north east.
SOP newswire3Guatemala: UN Anti-corruption Body Will Continue Working - Following the Guatemalan Governments unilateral decision to shut down a long-running UN anti-corruption commission, its spokesperson told UN News on Wednesday that the team is looking at ways to continue to carry out its mandate, hours after the countrys highest court ruled against the Government expulsion order.
SOP newswire3Humanitarian Tragedy in Nigeria - Following an upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria, which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of the Chibok schoolgirls, tens of thousands of innocent civilians continue to flee, prompting "grave concern" from the United Nations envoy there.
SOP newswire3Road to Peace in Yemen - "The difficult part" of reaching a lasting political settlement in Yemen "is still ahead of us" said the UN Special Envoy on Wednesday, urging the Security Council to support the "speedy implementation" of the fragile ceasefire agreed in and around the crucial port city of Hudaydah, at breakthrough talks in Sweden last month.
SOP newswire3Guatemala Decision to Expel Anti-corruption Body - UN Secretary-General Guterres has "strongly rejected" the Guatemalan Government decision to unilaterally terminate the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an independent body set up by the UN and Guatemala to investigate illegal security groups and high-level corruption in the country.
SOP newswire3Aid Worker Killed in Syria - The abduction and killing of an aid worker last week in Syria Idleb region, brings into focus the daily risks faced by humanitarians working in conflict zones, said the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, in a statement deploring the killing on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN: Third of Trafficking Victims are Children - A new UN report published on Monday shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on "horrific dimensions," with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys.
SOP newswire3Saudi Woman Seeking Asylum in Thailand - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that 18-year-old Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun, who had been stranded at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family in Kuwait, saying that she would be killed if forced to return, was "now in a secure place."
SOP newswire3Palestinian Students Compelled to Drop Dreams Because of Financial Cuts - For students attending schools funded by the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, (UNRWA), uncertainty over the future has become a constant worry, said the agencys Director of Operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale.
SOP newswire3Burkina Faso: Dozens Killed in Clashes - More than 40 civilians have been reportedly killed during intercommunal clashes this week in northern Burkina Faso, prompting UN Secretary-General Guterres to issue a statement on Friday night condemning the violence and "deteriorating security situation" in parts of the West African country.
SOP newswire3Powering Up Health Care in Africa - Solar power is helping make universal healthcare a reality in places where unreliable power supplies regularly affect access to vital services, and can out peoples lives at risk, thanks to support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
SOP newswire3UN Compound in Somalia Attacked - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres strongly condemned Tuesdays attacks against the UN compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, saying that intentionally attacking UN personnel may constitute "a violation of international humanitarian law."
SOP newswire3On First Day of 2019, Over 395,000 Babies to Be Born Worldwide - As the calendar flips to 2019, about 395,072 babies will be born around the world, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, adding that a quarter will be born in South Asia alone.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Welcomes New Polling Dates Following Election Delays - Amid reports that Afghanistans 2019 presidential election may be postponed, local electoral authorities confirmed a polling date delay; a decision the UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed for its clarity on Monday.
SOP newswire3Food Stolen From Starving Yemenis - After uncovering evidence that humanitarian food supplies are being diverted in Yemens Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa, and other parts of the country, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has demanded an immediate end to the practice.
SOP newswire3UN Presses States to Aid 49 Refugees Stranded on Mediterranean - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), on the last day of 2018, called on UN Member States to urgently offer safe ports of disembarkation for 49 refugees and migrants, including young children, aboard rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea.
SOP newswire3Hopes for Ceasefire in Yemen - Yemens warring parties have begun the process this week of implementing a comprehensive ceasefire agreement across the key rebel-held port city of Hudaydah, raising hopes that groundbreaking consultations convened by the UN in Sweden can lead to a lasting peace through further talks next year.
SOP newswire3Citizens of Cong Head to Polls - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on all those playing an active political role in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "continue working together" to ensure free and fair elections, as the country heads to polls this Sunday.
SOP newswire3UN: Reason for Hope in a World Still on Red Alert - Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued "a red alert" over a range of dangers confronting the world, which "still persist" as 2019 looms: "These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test," the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.
Robert Paul ReyesDonald Trump is a Coward - Donald Trump has always yearned to be the alpha dog, but it's difficult to be the top dog when he's been neutered by his cowardice.
SOP newswire3Children Suffering Atrocities in Many Countries - The world "has failed" to sufficiently protect children caught up in conflict and millions more are at risk of harm, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) revealed on Friday, adding that national leaders need to hold perpetrators of violence more accountable.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Peaceful Election in Bangladesh - In the run-up to Sundays general elections in Bangladesh, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for "an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion" to allow a "peaceful, credible and inclusive poll."
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