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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 newswire3Mattis Stresses Geneva Process for Syria - The fight continues in the Middle Euphrates River Valley to wrest the last 2 percent of land once controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from the grasp of the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.
SOP newswire3Deaf Advocate Voices Importance of Sign Languages - Nyle DiMarco is just a foreigner speaking a different language. Thats how the actor, model and advocate introduces himself to people who have not met a deaf person before.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Condemns Attack in Iran Which Killed Dozens - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres condemned the terrorist attack on Saturday in Irans southwestern city of Ahvaz which reportedly left dozens dead and injured, including children.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Alarmed by Violations of UN-backed Ceasefire in Libya - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres stated on Friday that he is "alarmed by the increasing number of violations of the ceasefire" in the capital of Libya, Tripoli, which has led to the death of dozens of civilians.
SOP newswire3DoD Agency Identifies Soldiers Lost in Korean War From Returned Remains - Two soldiers who died during the Korean War have been identified from the remains returned from North Korea, President Donald J. Trump announced last night.
SOP newswire3UN Seeks Middle East Peace - Negative humanitarian, security and political developments in Gaza outweigh any positive news concerning the search for peace in the Middle East, the United Nations negotiator for the process has said, urging the international community to help restore hope that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict can be found.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Philippine Counterpart Discuss Defense Relationship - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday at the Pentagon to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and the Philippines, the Pentagons chief spokesperson, Dana W. White, said in a readout following the meeting.
SOP newswire3Coalition Effort Aims at Stability in Iraq, Syria - The coalition continues to help forces in both Iraq and Syria establish security and stability in areas that have known nothing but oppression since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reared its head five years ago, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Praises Macedonia as Stabilizing Force - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis praised Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today, saying the country is a "stabilizing force" in the Balkans.
SOP newswire3UN: Democracy Showing Greater Strain Than at Any Time in Decades - Tackling economic and political inequality is at the root of strengthening democratic institutions at a time when they are under huge strain, said United Nations Secretary-General Guterres on Saturday, marking the official International Day of Democracy.
SOP newswire3South Sudanese Government Must Bring Soldiers Under Control - A "lack of command and control" on the part of South Sudans government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said.
SOP newswire3A Record One Million Syrians Displaced Over Six Months - All parties to the seven-year Syria conflict and the States that support them should do "everything in their power" to prevent a full-scale military assault on Idlib, a high-level United Nations-appointed panel of investigators said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Living Standards of Gaza Eviscerated by Crippling Blockade - The Occupied Palestinian Territory now suffers the highest unemployment rate in the world, with incomes and agricultural production going down, the United Nations trade and development agency said on Wednesday, noting that women and young people were worst affected, as the Israeli occupation continues.
SOP newswire3U.S., South Korean Soldiers Raft for Relaxation, Resilience - Equipped with a helmet, life vest and paddle, first-time rafters were filled with both excitement and anxiety as they approached their yellow rafts.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - The coalition and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between Sept. 3-9, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 22 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Yemen Consultations Have Started - A positive environment exists for building trust between the opposing parties involved in discussions for a political solution to the Yemen conflict, despite the absence of one of the delegations in Geneva and insecurity on the ground, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said on Saturday.
SOP newswire3Human Traffickers in Libya Are Posing as UN Staff - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has called on Libyan authorities to take action against criminals targeting desperate refugees and migrants, amid reports that smugglers and traffickers in the country are impersonating Agency staff.
SOP newswire3Russian-Led Idlib Offensive Would Be Humanitarian Disaster - The consequences of a Russian-Syrian regime offensive into Idlib, Syria, against terrorists hiding there would almost certainly be a humanitarian disaster, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
SOP newswire3U.S., India Talks Demonstrate Shared Commitment, Pentagon Official Says - The Sept. 6 "two-plus-two" dialogue in New Delhi between Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and their Indian counterparts provided "a demonstrable signal of the U.S. and Indias shared commitment to a forward-looking strategic partnership based on shared values and strategic interests," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3U.S. Seeks to Mitigate Risk, Learn Ground Truth in Afghanistan - Taliban reconciliation with the Afghan government is at the core of the peace program in Afghanistan, but it will be a difficult path to tread, the spokesman for NATOs Resolute Support mission and the U.S. Operation Freedom Sentinel said yesterday.
SOP newswire3Russian Operatives Carried out Salisbury Chemical Attack Alleges UK - The United Kingdom and Russia traded a volley of words at the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, with the former laying out information which, it alleges, clearly places two Russian military intelligence operatives behind the deadly nerve-agent attack in the English city of Salisbury on 4 March.
SOP newswire3Mattis: U.S.-India Partnership Important for Indo-Pacific Stability - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis arrived here yesterday, ready to engage with senior Indian officials to ensure the Indo-Pacific region remains free, safe, prosperous and secure.
SOP newswire3U.S. Officials Seek to Boost Arms Sales to India - A decade ago, U.S. arms sales to India amounted to virtually nothing. Today, the United States is the second-largest arms supplier to India, and U.S. officials say they hope to increase that business.
SOP newswire3Libya Has Lurched From One Emergency to Another - The status quo in Libya is "untenable," Ghassan Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3UN Yearns for Peace in Yemen - Efforts are under way to bring a "flickering signal of hope" to war-weary civilians in Yemen with UN-organised consultations between the Government and the Houthi opposition in Geneva set to begin, the UNs Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3U.S., Pakistani Leaders Agree to Reset Relationship - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held talks with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad today to reset the relationship between the two countries.
SOP newswire3New Home for Scores of South Sudan Displaced - Nearly 3,500 people displaced by violence in South Sudan have been relocated from a UN-run camp in the capital, Juba, to temporary housing, the organizations mission in the country, UNMISS, reported on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Iraq Milestone: Some Four Million Return Home - For the first time in nearly four years, the number of displaced Iraqis has fallen below two million, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations migration agency.
SOP newswire3Ceasefire Agreement Reached in Libyan Capital - An agreement on a ceasefire in Tripoli has been reached under the auspices of Ghassan Salame, the top United Nations official in Libya, the Organizations Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL, has announced.
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