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With mangrove conservation, Kenya’s coastal communities plant seeds of sustainable ‘blue growth’

UN News Centre - Fri, 01/07/2022 - 03:19
The southern ocean border of Kenya and Tanzania is dotted with thick hedges of mangroves – indispensable carbon sinks and spectacular ecosystems teeming with life – that appear to float dreamlike over creek beds and mudflats. These hardy trees and shrubs, and the communities that depend on them, are getting a major boost from UN-backed restoration plans that are also helping to reduce poverty and build economic resilience.

US Supreme Court ruling on environmental protection ‘a setback in our fight against climate change’

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 23:53
The ruling by the United States Supreme Court against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, is “a setback in our fight against climate change” said the UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

Ethiopia still in grip of spreading violence, hate speech and aid crisis

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 23:11
UN Human Rights Council-appointed rights investigators announced on Thursday that they’ve launched a probe into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in Ethiopia’s Oromia region. 

‘Effort and patience’ required to restore Iran nuclear agreement

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 21:26
Despite diplomatic engagements, restoring the so-called Iran nuclear agreement continues to be hindered by political and technical differences, the UN political and peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Thursday.  

New UN financing initiative goes live to power climate action

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 21:04
A new UN-led financing tool to strengthen weather and climate forecasting, improve life-saving early warning systems, safeguard jobs, and underpin climate adaptation for long-term resilience, officially opened for business on Thursday.

Save lives, support development, and ‘steer our world to safer roads ahead’: Guterres 

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 19:48
Road traffic accidents claim nearly 1.3 million lives each year, cost some countries up to three per cent of their annual GDP, and are the biggest killer of five to 29-year olds globally, the UN General Assembly President told a High-level Meeting on Improving Global Road Safety on Thursday.

Ukraine: Four months after Russian invasion, humanitarian needs intensify

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 16:09
Across Ukraine, the scale of needs caused by Russia's invasion is still massive and human rights concerns persist, UN humanitarians said in an update on Thursday, as they repeated calls for access to the country's Black Sea ports to export vitally needed cereals.

Scientific knowledge essential for sustainable oceans, UN Ocean Conference hears

UN News Centre - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 16:02
Increasing scientific knowledge, developing research capacity and making the most of new marine technology, are essential to sustainable ocean management, the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Thursday.

COVID-19: BA.4 and BA.5 variants spur 20 per cent rise in cases

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 22:45
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in some 110 countries, driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 variants, said the UN health agency chief on Wednesday, amounting to a 20 per cent spike overall, and a rise in the number of deaths across three of the six world regions monitored by the World Health Organization.

Safer roads, a global development challenge for all: Senior UN official 

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 22:00
Every 24 seconds someone is killed in traffic, making safety on the world’s roads a global development challenge for all societies, especially for the most vulnerable, a senior UN official has said, ahead of the first ever High-level General Assembly Meeting on Improving Road Safety.  

Myanmar: Shocking toll on children must be spur to action, says UN rights expert 

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 20:56
Myanmar’s military junta is responsible for shocking violence against children caught up in the bloody aftermath of last February’s coup, a top independent Human Rights Council-appointed investigator said on Wednesday. 

Syria’s needs are at their highest ever, says top rights probe 

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 20:36
Syria’s humanitarian needs are at their highest ever and any move to block aid from reaching the war-torn country should be resisted strongly, a top UN Human Rights Council probe said on Wednesday. 

Human rights under threat in DR Congo and beyond, Security Council hears

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 19:19
The resurgence of the M23 armed group has “broad repercussions” for the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and for the wider region, the UN Special Representative there told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Flight from cities due to COVID-19 short-lived, says flagship UN-Habitat report

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 18:12
A new United Nations report says that rapid urbanization was only temporarily delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the global urban population back on track to grow by another 2.2 billion people by 2050.

Belarus ‘engulfed in fear’, Human Rights Council hears

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 17:00
The deterioration of human rights in Belarus continues to engulf the country in a climate of fear and arbitrary rule, a UN-appointed independent human rights expert warned on Wednesday.

A visionary ‘blue transformation’ strategy to enhance underwater food systems

UN News Centre - Wed, 29/06/2022 - 16:15
Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday.

Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’ 

UN News Centre - Tue, 28/06/2022 - 23:51
The “horrific conflict,” in Ukraine shows no signs of abating, the UN political and peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, pointing out that since her last update on 5 April, “countless Ukrainian civilians” have been killed in indiscriminate attacks, cities and towns levelled, and much of the country’s arable land “horribly disfigured by shelling”.  

Rise of disinformation a symptom of ‘global diseases’ undermining public trust: Bachelet

UN News Centre - Tue, 28/06/2022 - 21:42
Societies everywhere are beset by “global diseases” including systemic inequality which have helped fuel a rise in disinformation, or the deliberate spreading of falsehoods, said the UN human rights chief on Tuesday, addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Sustainable blue economy vital for small countries and coastal populations

UN News Centre - Tue, 28/06/2022 - 19:18
With the livelihoods of about 40 per cent of the world’s population living at or near a coast, the second day of the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon focused on strengthening sustainable ocean-based economies, managing coastal ecosystems.

UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways

UN News Centre - Tue, 28/06/2022 - 18:06
The deaths of at least 23 migrants seeking to reach Spanish territory from Morocco should be investigated urgently by both countries, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, reacting also to reports overnight of of least 50 migrants found dead in a truck in southern Texas.

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