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 [...]
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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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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]