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Billions globally lack ‘water, sanitation and hygiene’, new UN report spells out

11 horas 17 minutos atrás
Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely-managed drinking water, while 4.2 billion go without safe sanitation services and three billion lack basic handwashing facilities, according to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Categorias: Internacionais

UN oceans treaty ‘essential’ to combat ‘unprecedented pressure’ on the world’s seas – UN chief

seg, 17/06/2019 - 14:48
The oceans are not only under “unprecedented pressure” due to climate change, but “half of all living coral has been lost in the past 150 years”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, addressing the latest gathering of nations which are party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Categorias: Internacionais

Shining a light on sustainable power: how clean energy is helping to improve camps for displaced people

sex, 14/06/2019 - 23:10
Hauwa, from Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, fled her home village of Adamari with her husband and four children in March, when violence struck. Now, she is in the relative safety of a UN-run camp but, with little electricity available at night, lighting is scarce, and darkness can mean danger. However, thanks to a solar-energy initiative from the UN migration agency IOM, that is beginning to change.
Categorias: Internacionais

Young New Yorkers bring robots, and a glimpse of the future, to UN Headquarters

qua, 12/06/2019 - 17:21
Tiny balls moved along a series of automated Lego robots, as young students from New York explained to United Nations staff the inner-workings of simple motors and engineering. 
Categorias: Internacionais

More funding needed to tackle child labour in agriculture says UN, marking World Day

qua, 12/06/2019 - 16:42
The number of children working in agriculture has increased by 10 million since 2012, which is why on Wednesday’s World Day Against Child Labour, the UN agency for the sector is urging countries to allocate more funding to address a global surge in subsistence farming at every level. 
Categorias: Internacionais

The future of work ‘with social justice for all’ tops agenda of centenary UN Labour conference

seg, 10/06/2019 - 15:26
The Centenary International Labour Conference got underway on Monday at the UN in Geneva, with ILO chief Guy Ryder, calling on hundreds of delegates from around the world to help “construct a future of work, with social justice for all”.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN makes ‘declaration of digital interdependence’, with release of tech report

seg, 10/06/2019 - 15:06
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.
Categorias: Internacionais

Promoting gender equality a ‘crucial contribution’ in effort to restore, protect our planet’s oceans

sab, 08/06/2019 - 10:23
Women are engaged in all aspects of interaction with our ocean, yet their voices are often missing at the decision-making level, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said on World Oceans Day, emphasizing that “we must ensure diversity and gender inclusiveness at all levels” to set a balanced course for humanity and foster innovative solutions for the ocean.
Categorias: Internacionais

Key economic forum in Russia: New technology a ‘vector of hope’ but also ‘a source of fear’ says Guterres

sex, 07/06/2019 - 15:26
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.
Categorias: Internacionais

Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief

qui, 06/06/2019 - 21:30
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).
Categorias: Internacionais

World Bank downgrades global growth forecasts, poorest countries hardest hit

qua, 05/06/2019 - 17:10
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.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Bicycle Kingdom’ makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis

seg, 03/06/2019 - 21:00
Cars have replaced bicycles as the primary means of transport in many Chinese cities but, with air pollution a major problem for the country, the bike is making a comeback, thanks to digital technology, and some 21st Century thinking.
Categorias: Internacionais

FROM THE FIELD: Watering the parched farmland of São Tomé and Príncipe

seg, 03/06/2019 - 16:35
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. 
Categorias: Internacionais

Monday’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus

seg, 03/06/2019 - 15:04
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.
Categorias: Internacionais

With a premature death every five seconds, air pollution is violation of human rights, says UN expert

seg, 03/06/2019 - 11:58
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.”
Categorias: Internacionais

From philanthropy to profit: how clean energy is kickstarting sustainable development in East Africa

sex, 31/05/2019 - 09:00
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.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Ground-breaking innovation’ needed in cities, where battle for sustainable development will be won or lost, says UN agency chief

qua, 29/05/2019 - 18:18
If the battle to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to be won or lost in cities, then they need to “achieve a lasting impact on communities and to ensure that no one is left behind,” the head of the UN agency dealing with sustainable urban development said on Wednesday.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Save Tuvalu; save the world’; UN chief echoes rallying cry from front lines of global climate emergency

qua, 29/05/2019 - 17:28
Further inaction on climate change is “simply not an option”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in an opinion piece where he called for “rapid and deep change in how we do business, generate power, build cities and feed the world.”   
Categorias: Internacionais

Don’t let smoking steal life’s breathtaking moments, urges UN health agency

qua, 29/05/2019 - 13:02
Tobacco use continues to claim around eight million lives a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, in a call for faster action from governments to tackle smoking and the “enormous” health, social, environmental and economic costs it entails.
Categorias: Internacionais

Asia-Pacific ‘regional parliament’ underway to advance equality, empowerment, for more than four billion citizens

qua, 29/05/2019 - 12:12
The top United Nations body in the Asia-Pacific region opened its annual session this week, calling for greater empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized groups if the region is to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and fulfill its promise to leave no one behind.
Categorias: Internacionais