United Nations

‘Massive Floating Time Bomb’: Warnings of Ecological, Humanitarian Disaster as Tanker Risks Dumping Four Times More Oil Than Exxon Valdez

A United Nations official raised alarm Wednesday about the potential threat of a major oil spill off the coast of Yemen, warning that an aging supertanker off the country’s coast could dump four times more oil into the Red Sea than the Exxon Valdez oil disaster of 1989. The remarks from U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) …

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With Demand ‘Echoing Across the World,’ UN Chief Calls on Israel to Abandon Illegal Annexation Plan

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday urged the Israeli government to abandon a developing plan to annex about a third of the occupied West Bank, which “has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis, and the broader international community.” “I hope that this voice of reason that is not only mine, it is echoing across the world, …

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‘Absurd’: After US Bullying, Every Mention of United States Stripped From UN Resolution Spurred by George Floyd Killing

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning police abuses and ordering an inquiry into law enforcement actions that “resulted in the death of George Floyd and other Africans and people of African descent.” But rights groups immediately slammed the resolution as overly broad and “absurd” because it was weakened …

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Top Global Experts Say Humanity Must ‘Heal Our Broken Relationship With Nature’ to Prevent Future Pandemics

“Humanity’s broken relationship with nature comes at a cost.” That cost is new zoonotic diseases, which are passed from animals to humans and “are emerging at an alarming rate.” That is according to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report released Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate communities and economies across the …

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‘You Saw My Brother Tortured and Murdered on Camera’: Philonise Floyd Demands UN Probe Into Police Violence in America

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last month was a horrific but all too common example of “the way black people are treated by police in America,” his younger brother Philonise Floyd said Wednesday in testimony urging the United Nations to launch an independent investigation into U.S. law enforcement violence and abuse. …

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Families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile Join 600+ Groups Urging UN Probe of US Police Violence

Relatives of four black Americans killed by police—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile—joined with over 600 rights groups Monday to demand a United Nations probe into racist policing and law enforcement’s violent suppression of ongoing mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. “I want people across the …

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World Environment Day Provokes Warnings That ‘To Care for Humanity, We Must Care for Nature’

As a pandemic that’s killed over 393,000 people rages on and demonstrations demanding racial justice continue across the globe, the international community on Friday marked World Environment Day with scientifically supported warnings about the importance of protecting nature for the future of humanity. “To care for humanity, we must care for nature. We need our …

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No—Argue Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Monia Mazigh, and 100+ Others—Canada Does Not Deserve UN Security Council Seat

As Canada vies for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council an open letter published Tuesday argues the Ottawa government—despite a more rosy reputation compared to its powerful U.S. neighbor—should be seen for what it more accurately is: a powerful international force in its own right that continues to play a negative role …

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US Blocks UN Global Ceasefire Resolution, Objecting to Indirect Reference to World Health Organization

International diplomats were stunned and frustrated Friday night after the U.S. again blocked a United Nations resolution to call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. objected to any mention of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the resolution. President Donald Trump has claimed WHO withheld information from world governments about the …

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In Another Record ‘We Should Not Be Breaking,’ Daily Average of CO2 Levels Hits High of 418.12 ppm

Climate scientists and campaigners reiterated their demands for urgent global action to dramatically reduce planet-heating emissions in response to a new record-breaking reading on Sunday of the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Experts and activists have long pointed at rapidly rising CO2 concentrations as evidence that …

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Warning of ‘Hammer Blow’ From Pandemic, UN Food Agencies Say Coronavirus Could Double Global Levels of Acute Hunger

Top food security experts at the United Nations on Tuesday will present to the U.N. Security Council a new report on how the global coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people around the world suffering from acute hunger unless wealthy countries step up humanitarian aid immediately.  The World Food Program (WFP), the U.N. Food and …

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UN Issues Call to Protect Children From ‘Potentially Catastrophic’ Economic and Social Effects of Pandemic

World governments must work together to keep the coronavirus pandemic from evolving into “a broader child-rights crisis,” the United Nations said Thursday. The intergovernmental organization released a policy report on the pandemic’s impact on children around the world, concluding that with 1.5 billion children already affected by school closures and with families around the world …

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UN Chief Warns Coronavirus Lockdowns Bringing About ‘Horrifying Global Surge in Domestic Violence’

As world leaders continue to impose stay-at-home orders and many businesses, schools, and services across the globe remain shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is expressing concerns about reports of alarming increases in domestic violence and urging all governments to incorporate protections for abuse survivors into response plans for …

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Coronavirus a ‘Clear Warning Shot’ From Nature to Humanity, Top Scientists Say

While healthcare providers and government officials around the world work to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate the effects of a resulting economic crisis, scientists urged authorities to also seriously consider a long-term strategy for preventing another infectious disease outbreak—calling the coronavirus a “clear warning shot” from nature. Previous warnings—taking the form …

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