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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 Calls for International Investigation into Murder of Jamal Khashoggi - The UN independent expert on freedom of opinion and expression, has said hes "very disappointed" that Member States have so far failed to back calls for an independent international investigation into the "evident murder" of dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
SOP newswire3Half the Population of Yemen at Risk of Famine - Around 14 million people in Yemen, or half the total population of the country, are facing "pre-famine conditions," said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3ISIS-Controlled Syrian Mosque Destroyed - A U.S.-led coalition airstrike leveled a Syrian mosque today among other buildings used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces, Army Col. Rob Manning, the Pentagon director of press operations, told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN: Many Deaths Can be Avoided With Better Data - Speaking at the opening session of the UN World Data Forum on Monday, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted the life-saving impact that data can have, noting that better data and forecasting could have averted many deaths from natural disasters.
SOP newswire3Human Caravan Moves Through Mexico - With more than 7,000 Central-American refugees now on the march through Mexico towards the southern border of the United States in search of safety and work, all countries involved are being urged by the UN to liaise with key agencies on the ground providing support.
SOP newswire3Accountability a Key Pillar for Reconciliation in Myanmar - Accountability and inclusive dialogue are two important pillars for national reconciliation in Myanmar, said the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG), Christine Schraner Burgener in a statement released on Saturday, adding that "credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability."
SOP newswire3UN: Children Separated at Border, Suffering Alarming Effects - Separating children from their undocumented parents is a traumatic violation of their rights, UN independent experts said on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Calls on Afghan Authorities to Ensure Voters Can Cast Ballot - Against a backdrop of violence and technical malfunctions, the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a statement calling on the countrys electoral authorities to re-double their efforts to make sure all eligible voters are given a reasonable opportunity to cast their ballot.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Deeply Troubled by Saudi Confirmation of Jamal Khashoggi Death - In a statement released on Friday, UN Secretary-General Guterres said that he is "deeply troubled" by the reported confirmation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
SOP newswire3UN: Khashoggi Case Highlights Practice of Overseas Abductions - The case of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just the latest example of a "new and very worrying practice" of States abducting individuals beyond their own borders, said the Chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
SOP newswire3UN: World Deserves to Know Truth Behind Kashoggi Disappearance - United Nations human rights chief Michele Bachelet said on Wednesday that she was open to an independent, UN-led investigation into the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, if joint efforts by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, fail to uncover the facts.
SOP newswire3UN: Virginity Testing a Human Rights Violation - A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries.
SOP newswire3UN: World Population Set to Grow Another 2.2 Billion by 2050 - The world population is set to grow by 2.2 billion between now and 2050, the UN said on Wednesday, and more than half of that growth - 1.3 billion - is likely to be in sub-Saharan Africa, where womens rights are hampered by limited access to healthcare and education, along with "entrenched gender discrimination."
SOP newswire3UN: Business Dragging Its Feet on Human Rights Worldwide - Too many businesses are putting profit above human rights and "ignoring" their obligations, while governments fail to "regulate and lead by example," according to a United Nations human rights report, published on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Killing of Aid Worker in Nigeria - The United Nations Secretary-General strongly condemned on Tuesday the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria. He said he was "appalled" by her death on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Says We Must Eradicate Poverty - Highlighting that for the United Nations, eliminating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest global challenges and priorities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the fundamental connection between eradicating poverty and upholding equal rights for all.
Robert Paul ReyesDonald Trump (Tiny) and Stormy Daniels (Horseface) Duke it Out on Twitter - President Trump launched a war of name-calling on Tuesday with adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her attorney as he exulted after a judge threw out Daniels' defamation lawsuit against the president.
SOP newswire3Benefits of Rural Migration - Agricultural policies should work to maximize the contributions of rural migration to economic and social development, while minimizing the costs, says a major new report released on Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Visits Bali - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called for a surge in investment, long-term financing and global stability to overcome the obstacles to inclusive, resilient and environmentally sustainable global growth.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan - Denouncing lethal attacks targeting electoral activities in Afghanistan as the country prepares to go to polls later this week, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on all parties to ensure a peaceful and orderly elections.
SOP newswire3Violence Will Not Deter Somali People in Their Pursuit of Peace - Strongly condemning twin suicide attacks in Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has reiterated the Organizations support and solidarity with the countrys people and Government.
SOP newswire3UN chief Praises Malaysia Death Penalty Repeal - Malaysia has announced that it plans to abolish executions, a move hailed by United Nations chief Guterres on Thursday, as a "major step forward."
SOP newswire3UN Chief Visits Indonesia - Standing amidst the wreckage of Balaroa, one of the worst hit areas of Palu, Indonesia, on Friday, UN Secretary-General Guterres said it was "impossible not to feel heart-broken" at the destruction caused by the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi two weeks ago.
SOP newswire3Charges Against Baha'i in Yemen Must be Dropped - A group of UN independent human rights experts have called for the immediate release of 24 people, mostly from Bahai minority, who have been held by authorities in the Yemeni capital, since the middle of last month.
SOP newswire3UN: End Death Penalty Now - Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been "marred by setbacks," said United Nations Secretary-General Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty.
SOP newswire3Civilians Continue to Die in Record Numbers in Afghanistan - The conflict in Afghanistan continues to exact a terrible toll on civilians, with the highest number of fatalities recorded for the first nine months of this year, since 2014, a United Nations report has revealed.
SOP newswire3UN: Girls Must Realize Full Potential - There are "multiple barriers" including "systemic discrimination" bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Thursday, marking International Day of the Girl Child.
SOP newswire3Independent inquiry Needed into Disappearance of Saudi Journalist - The "apparent enforced disappearance" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen reportedly visiting his countrys consulate in Istanbul last week, requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Venezuela Prisons Beyond Monstrous - Conditions in Venezuelas prisons are "beyond monstrous," the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, before calling for an independent and transparent investigation into the death of a leading political opponent of the Government.
SOP newswire3Indonesia Earthquake: Death Toll Rises Beyond 2,000 - Following the series of devastating earthquakes, tsunami and landslides on 28 September in Indonesia, the death toll has risen to 2,010, with around 10,700 seriously injured and nearly 700 still reported missing, according to United Nations agencies on Tuesday.
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