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‘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

Artificial intelligence summit focuses on fighting hunger, climate crisis and transition to ‘smart sustainable cities’

ter, 28/05/2019 - 17:02
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is at the forefront of fighting hunger, mitigating the climate crisis and facilitating “the transition to smart sustainable cities", said the chief of the UN agency which specializes in information and communication technologies, Houlin Zhao, kicking off the third AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva.
Categorias: Internacionais

End fossil fuel subsidies, and stop using taxpayers’ money to destroy the world: Guterres

ter, 28/05/2019 - 11:33
“We need to tax pollution, not people”, and “end subsidies for fossil fuels,” Secretary-General António Guterres told the World Summit of the R20 Coalition on Tuesday, a UN-supported environmental organization, founded by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Categorias: Internacionais

Energy of African youth ‘propelling’ new development era as UN ties bear fruit

sab, 25/05/2019 - 00:00
The “boundless energy and optimism” of young Africans is propelling the continent into a new era of sustainable development, alongside new partnerships between the UN and African Union.
Categorias: Internacionais

End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief

qui, 23/05/2019 - 12:36
Although obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still live with the painful and disfiguring condition, according to UN data.
Categorias: Internacionais

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change, UN stresses on International Day 

qua, 22/05/2019 - 12:42
The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health. 
Categorias: Internacionais

FROM THE FIELD: Saving the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea

seg, 20/05/2019 - 12:57
The survival of an endangered animal which looks part kangaroo and part lemur has been secured thanks to a project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
Categorias: Internacionais

On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator numbers

seg, 20/05/2019 - 12:43
If you think you’re busy, then spare a thought for the world’s bees; for they, along with other insects and animals, are responsible for pollinating more than 75 per cent of the planet’s favourite food crops.
Categorias: Internacionais

Promoting ‘a healthy sustainable future’, the UN health agency engages young and young at heart to 'Walk the Talk'

dom, 19/05/2019 - 12:55
Celebrating the importance of fitness, on Sunday morning in the Swiss city of Geneva, the United Nations health agency kicked off its second “Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge”.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN blue helmets in South Sudan use Sustainable Development Goals to help build peace  

sab, 18/05/2019 - 17:05
 The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has concluded the week by harnessing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support the nation, including by offering free medical services, encompassing SDG 3’s target on health coverage.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN chief calls for ‘enlightened self-interest’ from world leaders to save ‘the whole planet’ from climate change 

sab, 18/05/2019 - 11:33
Concluding a week-long visit to the South Pacific, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world’s decision-makers to make “enlightened” choices on climate action because “the whole planet” is at stake. 
Categorias: Internacionais

Stop Tuvalu and ‘the world from sinking’ UN chief tells island nation facing existential threat from rising seas

sex, 17/05/2019 - 12:21
Tuvalu “faces an existential threat from sea-level rise”, the United Nations chief said during his visit to the Pacific island nation on Friday whose highest point is less than five metres above the waves.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Climate change is the battle of my life’, UN chief tells students living on the frontline in Fiji

qui, 16/05/2019 - 17:12
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres saw the frontline of “the battle against climate change” for himself on Thursday, by taking to the tropical waters of the South Pacific off the coast of Fiji, on a solar-powered boat.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN chief lauds Fijians as ‘natural global leaders’ on climate, environment, hails ‘symbiotic relationship’ with land and sea

qui, 16/05/2019 - 12:29
Fiji’s strong traditions of community and social responsibility, and its “symbiotic relationship” with its surroundings, has made its people “natural global leaders on climate and the environment”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the nation’s Parliament on Thursday.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change, ocean health facing Pacific nations on the ‘frontline’

ter, 14/05/2019 - 21:03
Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Tuesday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN health agency highlights lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia, as millions more succumb each year

ter, 14/05/2019 - 12:06
Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much, can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said on Tuesday.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Disaster resilient’ farming reduces agriculture risks, yields economic gains, says new UN agriculture agency report

seg, 13/05/2019 - 17:48
A scale of economic gains through easy-to-implement "disaster resilient" farming practices was revealed on Monday at the launch of a new study by the United Nations agriculture agency.
Categorias: Internacionais

Climate action: 4 shifts the UN chief encourages Governments to make

dom, 12/05/2019 - 22:30
Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific islands in New Zealand on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “nature does not negotiate” and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
Categorias: Internacionais