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Closing gender gap at work can open doors to incredible benefits, UN report shows

14 June 2017 – Reducing gender disparities at workplaces by 25 per cent by 2025 could inject nearly $5.8 trillion into the global economy and boost tax revenues, a new report released today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has revealed.


Vanuatu, UN to test drones for vaccines delivery to inaccessible areas

14 June 2017 – The Government of Vanuatu and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are partnering to launch what may be the Pacific's first-ever trial of drones to deliver life-saving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in the island nation.


Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

13 June 2017 – As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.


Catastrophe of Aral Sea shows 'men can destroy the planet,' warns UN chief Guterres

10 June 2017 – Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.


Syria: UNICEF warns 40,000 children in the line of fire in Raqqa

09 June 2017 – An estimated 40,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa as fighting intensifies in and around the Syrian city, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning that “many are caught in the crossfire.”


UN agencies explore nuclear applications to combat food fraud and contamination

09 June 2017 – Through a joint project, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are exploring mobile tools to combat food fraud and contamination, which result in global annual in the billions and pose a serious public health threat.


UN chief congratulates people of Lesotho on peaceful national elections

08 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the conclusion of a peaceful National Assembly election.


Indigenous and environmental rights under attack in Brazil, UN rights experts warn

08 June 2017 – Human rights experts from the United Nations and an inter-American organization have denounced attacks on indigenous and environmental rights in Brazil, expressing concern over a Congressional report that accuses the UN of being “a confederation of non-governmental organizations influencing Brazilian policy.”


Working together, ‘we can ensure that our oceans remain healthy as our blue home’ – UN chief

08 June 2017 – The future of the planet’s oceans is burdened by threats such as climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices – and the lack of capacities to address these threats – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling for joint global action to ensure “that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.”


FEATURE: Relationship with ocean vital part of Trinidad and Tobago culture

07 June 2017 – Oceans comprise roughly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and play an essential role in human well-being, producing half the oxygen necessary for life on the planet. They also serve as the backdrop for another important component of a well-rounded life: recreation.