The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, says a new tech report, “the Age of Digital Interdependence”, released on Monday by the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, almost a year after the Panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres.
Promoting gender equality a ‘crucial contribution’ in effort to restore, protect our planet’s oceans
Women are engaged in all aspects of interaction with our [...]
Key economic forum in Russia: New technology a ‘vector of hope’ but also ‘a source of fear’ says Guterres
Technological innovation is continuing to transform the world, with the potential to propel us all towards reaching the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) said the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia.
Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Bicycles for the environment, new leader for the UN General Assembly, UN values, Ebola, Syria and Libya
This Tuesday, we cover: Bicycles in China; a new President [...]
Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief
An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms, launched on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Thursday’s Daily Brief: STIs worldwide, food safety and food prices, updates on Iraq and East Africa
This Thursday, we cover: the latest global report by the [...]
‘From farm to plate’, first-ever World Food Safety Day demonstrates the need to take unsafe food off the menu
Unsafe food kills an estimated 420,000 people every year, the [...]
In a message to mark World Environment Day, celebrated on [...]
The global scale of sexually transmitted infections (STI) should be [...]
The World Bank has lowered its expectations of global economic growth for this year in a new report. It says that, although the picture for poorer countries is expected to stabilize in 2020, economic momentum remains weak.
The delicate balance between indigenous farming practices and conservation in Morocco [...]
The simple, affordable, and environmentally friendly bicycle is not just [...]
Farmers on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe, off the western coast Africa, are being supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to become more resilient in the face of climate fluctuations which have left the land parched and farmers without an income.
Monday’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus
This Monday, top stories includes: the “catastrophic” cost of maternal healthcare; UN condemnation following violence against protesters in Sudan and the killing of a journalist in Chad; and the urgent need for sustainability highlighted through an exhibit in Geneva and a special event in London.
Pregnant women are putting their lives and their babies at [...]
With a premature death every five seconds, air pollution is violation of human rights, says UN expert
An independent UN expert said on Monday that the failure of governments across the world to ensure clear air, constitutes a “violation of the rights to life, health and well-being, as well as the right to live in a healthy environment.”
The havoc caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth across Mozambique [...]
UN expert criticizes States for ‘ganging up’ on Wikileaks’ Assange; warns against extradition, fearing ‘serious’ rights violations
After visiting Julian Assange in a London prison, an independent [...]
Mozambique: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets the child cyclone survivors who’ve lost everything
Visiting storm-ravaged Mozambique, UN Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom, [...]
From philanthropy to profit: how clean energy is kickstarting sustainable development in east Africa
Until recently, Namacurra district, in the Zambezia province of Mozambique, some 1,500 km from the capital Maputo, did not have any basic services – such as schools, health centres, or even energy – connecting the region to the electricity grid would be extremely time-consuming, and costly. But a new UN-backed clean energy initiative looks set to change the outlook for Namacurra, and, within a matter of months, kickstart sustainable development for the benefit of the thousands of people, relocated to the area following the devastating rains of 2015, and it could herald an improved outlook for other economically disadvantaged parts of Africa.