Traditional knowledge at ‘core’ of indigenous heritage, and ‘must be protected’, says UN Forum

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Anne Nuorgam, who is a member of Finland’s Saami Parliament and head of the Saami Council’s Human Rights Unit, described the Forum as an opportunity to share innovations and practices, developed in indigenous communities “over centuries and millennia”. Indigenous peoples make up less than […]

Libya: Attack on foreign ministry, an attack on all Libyans, stresses UN envoy

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations peace mission in Libya has “strongly” condemned a terrorist attack on the country’s foreign ministry in the capital, Tripoli. According to media reports, the ISIL, or Da’esh terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday. At least three people […]

Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs over 400 as Government-led relief efforts are stepped up

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Government-led relief efforts are being stepped up at the tip of the Indonesia’s two main islands of Sumatra and Java after a tsunami slammed into densely-populated coastal areas along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night. The UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, is reporting that […]

Is the English language too powerful?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content In 2016 I published the “Power Language Index”, a research note on the efficacy of languages. It was a systematic data-driven analysis using 20 indicators to compare the clout of the world’s languages. […]

Tobacco is harming the planet, not just our health, says new study

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Smoking isn’t just harmful to human health, it’s also damaging the planet. That’s the key message of a new report commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the environmental costs of tobacco […]

How India is harnessing technology to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content In November of 2016, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an announcement that sent the country’s population into a tailspin. Overnight, 86% of the country’s currency became invalid, as the 500 rupee […]

Technology is a force for peace and prosperity. Don’t let its challenges obscure this

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Marc Frangos, Chief Innovation Officer, BT, United Kingdom The American biologist E.O. Wilson observed of the modern world that we are “drowning in information, while starving for wisdom”. As a technologist, this sentence sits uncomfortably with me. I […]

Key Brazilian border crossing for Venezuela refugees reopens as asylum numbers pass last year’s total

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Some 117,000 Venezuelans have claimed asylum already this year — more than for the whole of 2017 — the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, after welcoming a decision by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court to reverse the closure of the country’s border […]

More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As HIV infections continue to rise, UNAIDS — the UN agency leading the global effort to end the public health threat posed by the virus — called on Tuesday for countries to boost prevention measures and continue facilitating access to treatment. Around 1.8 million […]

UN rights office appeals for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid reports of intimidation

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Zimbabwe’s upcoming presidential elections must be peaceful and credible, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, amid increasing reports of voter intimidation and coercion linked to the ruling ZANU-PF party. Ahead of the 30 July poll, OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell said that […]

UN agriculture agency digs in to help forests and farms build resilience to climate change

  This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.  Millions of small-scale farmers will be better equipped to withstand the negative impacts of climate change while at the same time improving livelihoods, thanks to a new global push by the United Nations agriculture agency announced during World Forest Week. On Friday, the […]

UN agency warns conditions around Yemen’s key port city of Hudaydah still ‘very bad’, as staff rush to deliver aid

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations migration agency staff in Yemen say the key port city of Hudaydah remains “a difficult environment” for the delivery of aid to thousands of people displaced by heavy fighting this week.   “The situation is very bad and we’re doing our best […]

Close to 7,000 evacuated from Syrian towns after enduring nearly 3-year siege

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After close to three years of siege, 6,900 women, children and men were finally able to leave the Syrian towns of Foah and Kafraya over the past few days, following a local agreement between parties to the conflict.   The two largely Shia pro-Government towns, […]

UN chief welcomes new push by El Salvador’s political parties to begin fresh dialogue

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision announced on Wednesday by El Salvador’s political parties to set up a new “negotiating framework”. In a statement from his Spokesperson, the UN chief describes the framework as an effort “to reach medium and long-term […]

Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Paying tribute to the first democratically-elected President of South Africa and iconic civil rights leader, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy for humanity and reflected on the lessons he left behind. “He stands today as a beacon for universal values — […]

FROM THE FIELD: Weather reports come to aid of Uganda’s farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Farmers in Uganda are keeping their crop yields high, thanks to improved weather data supplied by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)-backed push to modernize climate monitoring systems. The majority of farmers in the East African country rely on rain to grow crops, but as […]

In Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel, Palestinian factions to step back from brink of a war that ‘everybody will lose’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With a ceasefire largely holding after a day-long flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants, the United Nation envoy on the Middle East peace process was in the enclave on Sunday urging Israelis and Palestinians to pull back from the brink of a confrontation […]

Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the body last month, citing bias.   The United Nations General Assembly on Friday elected Iceland to serve on the […]

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high – UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month’s unprecedented ceasefire between the Afghan Government and the Taliban, the United Nations reported on Sunday. According to the latest figures released on Sunday […]

Pakistan: UN strongly condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead and wounded at election rally

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in south-west Pakistan that killed more than 120 people and left scores wounded at an election rally Friday.   In a press statement, the Security Council denounced the attack as “heinous and cowardly” […]

6 ways to ensure AI and new tech works for – not against – humanity

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group & Camino KavanaghVisiting fellow, Department of War Studies, Kings College Most technologies are dual use: take the case of digital technologies that are fundamentally transforming governance, markets and development for […]

We need greater protection for our oceans. We can’t let politics stand in the way

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford “Thick fogs, snow storms, intense cold, and every other thing that can render navigation dangerous, must be encountered; and these difficulties are greatly heightened by the […]

At global health forum, UN officials call for strong, people-focused health systems

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Everyone, everywhere must have equal access to quality health care, said top United Nations officials on Monday, urging greater focus on comprehensive health and well-being. In a video message to the opening of the seventy-first session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Secretary-General […]

‘Alarming levels’ of methamphetamine trafficking in Asia’s Mekong, UN warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Organized crime groups in Asia’s Mekong region have intensified the production and trafficking of highly-addictive methamphetamine, extending the illegal trade into countries such as Australia, Japan and New Zealand, senior drug policy leaders warned on Monday at a United Nations-backed regional conference. “Significant changes […]

Central Africa Republic: Violence drives thousands of refugees into neighbouring DR Congo, says UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR). According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), […]

Force used against protestors in Gaza ‘wholly disproportionate’ says UN human rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A special session of the UN Human Rights Council has ended with a resolution by Member States to investigate weeks of violence on the Israeli border with Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 people in the enclave and left thousands […]

UN warns of ‘deteriorating climate’ for human rights defenders in Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It’s becoming increasingly dangerous to defend the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala, the United Nations human rights office warned on Friday, following the murder of three activists over the past 10 days. “We are concerned about what appears to be a deteriorating climate […]

End ‘cycle of violence’ in Gaza, UN deputy chief tells forum on Palestine

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The “cycle of violence” in Gaza serves no one and it must end, the United Nations deputy chief said on Thursday, calling on everyone with a stake in Middle East peace, to exercise utmost restraint to avoid further deaths, especially the lives of children. […]

Celebrate love, strengthen partnerships to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 says UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations is calling for strengthened partnerships to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and their families.   “Stigma, discrimination and social and physical violence against sexual and gender minorities prevents […]