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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 newswire3U.S., Spain Agree to Make U.S. Crisis Force Deployment Permanent - U.S. and Spanish officials yesterday signed an amendment to the nations` defense agreement that will change the deployment of the U.S. crisis response force at Moron Air Base from temporary to permanent, defense officials said today.
SOP newswire3Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3ISIL Tactical Losses Continue in Iraq, Syria - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Success Against ISIL Requires Time, Partners, Dempsey Says - Time and regional partners are required for long-term success in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the House Armed Services Committee today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Vows Lasting Defeat of ISIL Forces - Vowing to achieve a lasting defeat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces, Defense Secretary Ash Carter outlined the Defense Department`s counterterrorism strategy today in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.
SOP newswire3UN: Greek Islands Under Tremendous Strain as Hundreds of Refugees Arrive Daily - More than 55,000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands so far this year.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3New UN Guidebook Seeks to Prevent Child Labour Practices in Agriculture - A new handbook issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization will seek to establish guidelines intended to prevent the use of child labour across the world`s agricultural communities.
SOP newswire3UN: World Must Act Together to Achieve Peace in Yemen - Today, Yemen`s very existence hangs in the balance. While parties bicker, Yemen burns, Mr. Ban told reporters.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Urges More Funding to Boost Humanitarian Aid to Children in Sudan - Citing efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to children in Sudan who are affected by the war in South Sudan, the United Nations Children`s Fund stressed the urgency of receiving more financial support to continue its relief work in the Country.
SOP newswire3In Turkmenistan, UN Chief Says Future Peace Hinges on Human Rights - All efforts for sustainable development and a stable future must involve a deep respect for human rights and the strengthening of rule of law, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he concluded his five-day tour of Central Asia with a visit to Turkmenistan.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Blood Donor Day' - On World Blood Donor Day, the United Nations World Health Organization is calling for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors in order to save millions of lives globally each year.
SOP newswire3Ban Encourages Uzbekistan to Promote Human Rights - Continuing his visit to Central Asia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Uzbekistan for the solid progress it achieved towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, in reducing poverty and maternal mortality, ensuring universal access to primary education, while recalling that there can be no peace and development without human rights.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Albinism Awareness Day' - The first-ever day for International Albinism Awareness is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people with albinism and join the struggle against the difficulties they face, senior United Nations officials said.
SOP newswire3Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter, Chinese Official Discuss Military Relationship - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met at the Pentagon today with Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China`s Central Military Commission, Defense Department officials reported.
SOP newswire3Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Violence in Darfur - The security situation in Darfur is a very serious one, marked by a deeply concerning increase in violent attacks by armed assailants against United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian personnel.
SOP newswire3U.S. to Deploy Modest Increase in U.S. Troops to Iraq - President Barack Obama has authorized Defense Secretary Ash Carter to provide a modest increase in additional U.S. personnel to be deployed to Iraq in a noncombat role, Defense Department officials announced today.
SOP newswire3U.S. Commitment to Israel Unaffected by Iran Issue - Though the United States and Israel disagree about the proposed deal to limit Iran`s nuclear program, that does not affect America`s unshakable commitment to the defense of Israel, a senior administration official said here today.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Infrastructure, Weapons - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Dempsey, Israeli Leaders Discuss Defense Cooperation - Discussing threats from Iran or the vicious actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has a different resonance when the conversation is in Israel rather than the United States, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said here today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Use of Barrel Bombs in Syria - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has condemned the continuing use of barrel bombs in the Middle Eastern country`s ongoing conflict and called on all parties to respect the sanctity of civilian life.
SOP newswire3Fighting in Yemen Continues to Take Toll on Civilians - Some 20 million people in Yemen " close to 80 per cent of the population " urgently need humanitarian assistance.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Human Rights Violations in Eritrea - The human rights situation in Eritrea has degenerated into a climate of fear in which dissent is stifled and large swathes of the population are subjected to forced labour and imprisonment.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban in Germany Ahead of G7 Summit - In Bonn for the inauguration of a new wing to the World Conference Centre there, and a day before he heads to Schloss Elmau outside of Munich, where he will hold a series of meetings with G7 leaders, the Secretary-General noted the Center's opening takes place at a crucial juncture for people and the planet.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes damage ISIL positions in Syria and Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
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