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UN study looks at how radiation affects children

IAEA assessment team at Fukushima Daichi plant

For nearly 60 years, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) has been evaluating the impact of nuclear radiation on the human body. The committee recently released a report on how radiation affects children, citing research ranging from the atomic attacks on Japan during the Second World War to kids who [...]

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UN officials raise concerns over Gaza's worsening humanitarian crisis

UNRWA food distribution

United Nations officials warned on Thursday that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is worsening despite a ceasefire with Israel. They say the ceasefire last year which ended an eight-day clash between Hamas militants and Israel offered a small glimmer of hope to address Gaza's humanitarian needs However, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley [...]

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UN Daily News 21 November 2013

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Envoys say international cooperation critical to defeating the Lord's Resistance Army

Kony and chronies from the LRA

Joint diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and the African Union have ensured cooperation among four African countries affected by the activities of a rebel group out of Uganda. But the UN envoy for the Central African region says the "serious and unpredictable threat" posed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) will require sustained international [...]

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Tony Blair calls for mobilization against religious extremists

Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday called for mobilization to counter religious extremism which fuels terrorism. Mr. Blair, who now runs the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee on Thursday. He said the world is facing "a scourge that has seen innocent lives taken, [...]

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A climate technology centre is ready to assist developing countries

UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark where the CTCN is located. Credit: Adam Moerk

A centre to provide climate technology to developing countries is now officially open for business in Copenhagen, Denmark. The announcement was made on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Warsaw, Poland. One of the core functions of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is to manage and respond to requests from developing [...]

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UNEP warns that nitrous oxide is a threat to ozone layer

Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), an often-overlooked yet potent gas, could nearly double by 2050 and thus potentially undermine gains in the ozone layer recovery and exacerbate climate change. - UNEP

The ozone layer which protects the Earth from much of the sun's destructive radiation is under threat from emissions of nitrous oxide which could nearly double by 2050. This warning comes from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report issued in Warsaw, Poland during the ongoing conference on climate change. UNEP says that [...]

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UN chief stresses importance of building sustainable cities

A view of Busan, the Republic of Korea's second largest city after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million as of 2010.   UN Photo/Kibae Park

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of building sustainable cities that are resilient to climate change. The Secretary-General spoke at an event on cities in Warsaw, Poland, where he is attending the conference on climate change. He said local mayors, governors and communities have an important role to play in planning for [...]

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