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Article Alarm over malnutrition in Sudan states
UN has received reports on food insecurity and rising malnutrition in the conflict ridden Sudan states, the United Nations humanitarian chief has warned.
Article Israel, Palestine resume peace talks
Jordan has welcomed the first Israel-Palestine meeting in more than a year even as Israel continues to build contentious Jewish settlements in West Bank.
Article Corporate monopolies may dominate green economy
Developing countries should craft policies against the possible corporate hijack of natural resources in the rush for green economies, a new report has warned.
Article UN urges to shield critical bird flu research
Publishing of crucial bird flu influenza research could provide bio-terrorists with critical information on deadlier ways of mutating the virus, warns World Health Organisation.
Article Elephant poaching hit record levels in 2011
More elephant tusks were seized in 2011 since the ivory trade was banned in 1998 to save the animals from extinction, say wildlife experts.
Article HIV-study top scientific breakthrough of 2011
An HIV study, HPTN 052 can prove to be a "game-changer" for its near-100% efficacy in reducing HIV transmission rates, says a scientific journal.
Article Israelis rally against gender divide
Thousands of Israeli people protested against ultra-orthodox extremists whose campaign for gender segregation has erupted into verbal and physical abuse against women in Beit Shemesh town of the country.
Article Fukushima disaster response failed, says report
Lack of disaster preparedness and failed response to it worsened the effects of the nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima plant in March, a new report says.
Article Pope appeals for peace in Christmas message
Pope Benedict has urged to end violence in Syria and help famine hit people in the Horn of Africa in his traditional Christmas Day message.
Article Nigeria braces for decade's worst oil spill
Nigerian authorities taking emergency measures to prevent oil spill from a Royal Dutch Shell facility, the biggest leak in the country in a decade, washing up on its densely populated coast.
Article Dwindling aid to deepen North Korea's hunger crisis
North Koreans would die from malnutrition within months unless food aid is stepped up in the region recovering from a devastating famine, humanitarian groups warn.
Article Japanese women rise against nuclear power
Over hundred women at the forefront of grassroots movements in Japan are demanding a complete shutdown of nuclear power stations and a transparent investigation into Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Article Almost 70 reporters killed worldwide in 2011: RSF
Sixty six journalists lost their lives in 2011, most of them while covering Arab revolutions and Mexican gang crimes. Pakistan continues to be the deadliest nation for journalists, second year in a row.
Article New malarial vaccine developed
An experimental malarial vaccine developed by British scientists shows early potential to fight many, perhaps all, strains of malarial parasite.
Article Hong Kong raises bird flu alert
Hong Kong is culling 17,000 chickens after three birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.
Article Philippines flood prompts emergency appeal for aid
Aid agencies are mobilising funds to reach 120,000 people affected by flash floods in the island of Mindanao.
Article Japan declares Fukushima plant stable
The crippled nuclear reactor in Japan’s Fukushima has finally stabilised marking an end to one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, the Prime Minister declared.
Article Israel releases hundreds of Palestinians in prisoner swap
Israel released about 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second half of a swap that freed one of its soldiers, Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Hamas in Gaza for more than five years.
Article UN launches 'Decade on Biodiversity'
The United Nations has launched the Decade on Biodiversity from 2011-2020 to prevent loss of species and ecosystems and encourage humanity to live in harmony with nature.
Article First UN LGBT report notes widespread discrimination
The first ever UN report on lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) notes worldwide discrimination in jobs, healthcare and education based on sexual orientation.
Article EU-India trade deal could wreck agriculture, retail
The proposed EU-India Free Trade Agreement will flood Indian markets with imported agricultural goods and snatch away the livelihoods of small farmers and retails, concludes a report by NGOs at the 8th ministerial meeting of WTO.
Article UN appeals for $7.7 billion humanitarian aid
The UN has launched the biggest humanitarian appeal in the past two decades to provide assistance to 51 million people facing the impact of climate change across 16 countries.
Article Google to join fight against modern-day slavery
Technology giant Google will donate $11.5 million in grant to fight modern day slavery. Money will go to 10 intervention and education organisations working in India, Europe and US to eradicate slave labour.
Article UN seeks $1.5 bn to tackle Somalia crisis
The United Nations has launched a record appeal of $1.5 billion to fund hundreds of lifesaving projects in famine-hit Somalia next year.
Article Canada condemned for Kyoto withdrawal
Canada's decision to withdraw from the world's only binding climate treaty has been widely criticised at home and abroad as a 'shameful' excuse to not tackle global warming.
Article Campaign to eliminate nuke weapons
Nuclear weapons can and must be outlawed, as chemical and biological weapons have been, says a group of Asia-Pacific political and military leaders, as they launch a campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.
Article Canada to withdraw from Kyoto protocol
Canada is the first country which has announced to pull out of Kyoto protocol on grounds of inability to pull off financial obligations under the global treaty.
Article New UN climate deal struck
Delegates from the 194 nations have agreed to start negotiations on a new accord binding on all countries to control greenhouse gases which would come into force by 2020.
Article Eliminating violence against women is a continuous fight
Much of the violence against women is subtle, unarticulated and culturally acceptable in most parts of the world. As the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women campaign concludes on Dec 10, Elayne Clift writes that women's lives matter, as human rights.
Article Global alliance bids for climate deal
The European Union and the least developed countries added momentum to climate negotiations at Durban by pushing for a legally binding climate deal to cut down carbon emissions.
Article UN's anti-corruption campaign to focus on MDGs
On International Anti-Corruption Day, the UNODC and the UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Article UN summit urges action for displaced, stateless people
The largest summit of UN refugee agency appeals for urgently reinforcing the international system that deals with the world's millions of stateless people and those forcibly displaced.
Article Sahel to face severe food crisis, warns EU
Inconsistent rainfall will trigger food crisis in Africa’s Sahel region next year which will require immediate action from the international community, warned the European Union’s humanitarian aid chief.
Article Canadian youth turn their backs on tar sands
Protesting against tar sands energy project, six Canadian youth were expelled from COP 17 as they stood and turned away from their environment minister as he delivered his opening speech at the climate negotiations.
Article Sweden, UK top climate protectors
The Climate Change Performance Index 2012 recognises Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany as leading countries fighting climate change.
Article US declares gay rights as human rights
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has pledged to fight against gay discrimination across the world through foreign aid and diplomatic reforms.
Article Biofuels-not-a-solution-to-climate-crisis
Article Global portal to support open access movement
The UNESCO has launched a global open access portal that will inform policy makers and scholars about successful open access initiatives across the world.
Article China favours EU's plan to cut emissions
China has supported European Union’s call for a conditional global treaty to cut down carbon emissions by 2020 at Durban climate summit.
Article African NGO abandons diamond vetting scheme
An NGO Global Witness has left Kimberley Process over its failure to address violence driven by diamond trade in African countries. Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme established in 2003 to stop trade of blood diamonds.
Article Global campaign for 100% climate action
Thousands marched in Durban demanding complete commitment from global leaders to cut down carbon emissions as the feeling of being excluded in the crucial climate talks sweeps among the general public.
Article Syria in a civil war: UN
Syria has entered the state of civil war with thousands dead and rebel soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, says top UN human rights official.
Article Climate funds pledged for poor nations
At Durban climate change summit, rich nations pledge to supply short-term climate finance to help poor countries tackle global warming . Long-term financing, however, remains doubtful.
Article Water: The latest victim of climate change
With water resources in southern Africa facing the worst impacts of climate change, scientists demand inclusion of water as a standalone agenda in climate change negotiations at Durban, South Africa.
Article Study names top 20 'coal banks'
JP Morgan Chase tops the list of 20 financial institutions that have financed coal-mining and coal-fired energy generation, shows a study by a group of environmental NGOs.
Article An appeal to reduce emissions
In a signatory letter to the US President Barack Obama, the National Climate Ethics Campaign has urged the world's largest historic emitter to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Article China raises rural poverty line
China will raise its poverty line by double to include 100 million more people within the ambit of poverty alleviation programmes.
Article Indigenous groups call to end REDD+
Organisations working with indigenous peoples living in forests say the United Nations programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) is just another way for big corporates to reap huge profits.
Article Past decade was world's hottest: UN
The decade ending 2011 is recorded the hottest ever globally, the World Meteorological Organisation said in a report on climate trends and extreme weather events, unveiled at UN climate talks in Durban.
Article Durban climate talks open with focus on carbon emissions
World leaders gathered in Durban on Nov 28 to kick off the 17th Conference Of Parties climate change talks with a focus on ways to curb ever-rising global carbon emissions and seek a new commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.
Article Land, water scarcity threatens food security: UN
A rapidly growing population, climate change and degradation of land and water resources are likely to make the world more vulnerable to food insecurity and challenge the task of feeding its people by 2050, said a new report by the United Nations' food agency.
Article Get gold from your phone!
A new action launched by the UN Environment Programme’s GreenUp! initiative aims to increase metal recycling rates by encouraging Europeans to take their old mobile phones to recycling stations.
Article Global disease fund forced to cut grants
The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria says it will halt new programmes to prevent infections worldwide due to an acute shortage of funds, but will support the essential health needs in developing countries.
Article Wood fires fuel climate change: UN
Wood burning and diesel vehicles are two of the biggest reasons in the developed world in generating the black carbon - a major cause of climate change, says a recent UNEP report.
Article Experts call for a strong climate deal at Durban
Ahead of Durban climate summit, the scientists have urged the global leaders to present a radical response to climate change. The world has completely failed to reduce carbon emissions to arrest rising temperatures.
Article More cultural heritages in peril
A UN-backed committee has added eight more items to the United Nation's list of intangible cultural heritage which demand urgent safeguarding.
Article Engage youth to end violence against women: UN
The United Nations has called for engaging young men and boys to curb violence against women for global peace, justice and equality.
Article Women’s rights at extreme risk worldwide
Rights of women and girls are at extreme risk across 80 countries, reveals a Women’s and Girls’ Rights Index. It also urged global leaders to achieve gender equality as a crucial part of development.
Article Surging landmine use despite record clearances
More countries laid new landmines last year killing 4,000 people than any other year since 2004 despite record mine clearances, reveals landmine monitor report.
Article Greenhouse gases hit record high: UN report
Greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere have hit a record high in 2010 and will linger in the atmosphere for decades, even if we stop pumping them henceforth, says a new report by World Meteorological Organisation.
Article Occupy Wall Street, this time, for women
A group of feminist organisations in the US are using the platform of Occupy Wall Street movement to demand an ethical and equitable economy and end the victimisation of women.
Article AIDS deaths drop by 21%: UN
The new report from UNAIDS says 2011 brought unprecedented progress in science, political leadership and results. It says despite the financial crisis, greater access to HIV treatment had a dramatic effect on the lives of millions of people.
Article Climate impact risk to increase: IPCC report
An increase in heat waves is almost certain this century, along with a greater frequency of natural disasters across the globe as the Earth’s climate warms, says a report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Article Khmer Rouge trio face trial over Cambodia genocide
Three former leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime are facing trial for genocide and crime against humanity in a UN-backed court. Around two million people were killed from 1975 to 1979 during the Maoist regime in Cambodia.
Article Save a million children from mercury: HRW
Human Rights Watch has urged nations to expedite finalising an international treaty to protect one million children working in gold mines worldwide from the toxic effects of mercury.
Article Radioactive caesium found in rice from Japan
The government has banned shipments of rice after radioactive caesium was detected in higher concentrations than permissible in a farm in Fukushima city.
Article Rice-fish co-culture for profitable farming
Introducing fish into paddy fields can help farmers earn more money and lessen the environment impact of agricultural chemicals, reveals a study. Fish minimises the need of fertilizers through nitrogen fixation and insect attached to the paddy plants serve as food for fishes.
Article Youth unemployment reaches one million in UK
Youth is bearing the burden of UK’s economic crisis as the number of jobless crosses one million mark. The government has drawn criticism for ignoring domestic problems and blaming eurozone debt crisis for UK’s deteriorating job market.
Article Call to shield poor countries from 'vulture debts'
NGOs worldwide are urging UK to prevent an American financier from extracting $100m from the impoverished Democratic Republic of Congo. The so-called vulture fund buys up the debts of poor nations cheaply and then sues for 10 or 100 times what they paid for them.
Article Jury declares Israel an apartheid state
An international tribunal has concluded that Israel subjects the Palestinian people to an institutionalised, systemic domination amounting to apartheid, a serious violation of human rights.
Article High radioactive levels in Japan's farmland: study
Farmland in parts of Japan are no longer safe because of high levels of radiation in the soil, scientists have warned, as the country struggles to recover from the Fukushima atomic disaster.
Article Diabetes to afflict 522 million by 2030
On World Diabetes Day, the International Diabetes Federation predicts that one in 10 adults could be suffering from diabetes by 2030, based on ageing, demographic and other factors.
Article Life-schools transforming lives of tribal youth
Jeevanshalas (Life- schools) run by an NGO in three states of India aim at mainstreaming schooling system in tribal villages. These schools have educated over 5,000 poor tribal children and have helped them to get promising jobs.
Article Paper towels least green way of drying hands
Warm air hand dryers and paper towels produce 70% more carbon emissions than the newest technology available in the market, reveals a study.
Article Study associates Parkinson’s disease with industrial solvent
Exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) and other environmental contaminants leads to a six-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in people, says a study.
Article Syria commits human rights violations in Homs: HRW
Anti-government protesters have been subjected to enforced disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrest by the Syrian government in the province of Homs, reveals a report by Human Rights Watch.
Article Amnesty demands oil spill compensation from Shell
The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell its partners must pay $1bn to mop up the oil in the Niger Delta, urged Amnesty International. Shell’s failure to clean-up 2008 oil spills has ruined livelihoods of thousands of people in the region.
Article China's disaster mine is 'illegal'
The gas leak which triggered an explosion in an illegal mine killing 21 miners in southwest China is the latest fatalities in the nation's dangerous coal industry thriving on illegal mines.
Article Mexican forces commit abuses in drug war: HRW
Mexico's security forces are committing widespread human rights violations in the fight against drug gangs but enjoy impunity, says Human Rights Watch. Over 40,000 people have died in drug violence since 2006.
Article World heading towards irreversible climate change: IEA
Excessive carbon emission by existing fossil fuel infrastructure will lead the world to catastrophic climate change in next five years, warns the International Energy Agency.
Article Western black rhino extinct
The latest global assessment of threatened species reveals that black rhinos are now extinct in West Africa. Around 25% of the world’s mammals are on the brink of extinction despite continuous conservation efforts, says the report.
Article Wipro tops latest Greenpeace guide
Greenpeace has re-launched its guide to greener electronics with some new criteria for companies, challenging them to reduce carbon emissions and set ambitious goals to utilise renewable energy.
Article Haiti cholera victims demand compensation from UN
A US-based human rights group is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and a public apology from the UN for Haiti's cholera victims. The epidemic, supposedly introduced by UN peacekeepers from Nepal, has claimed over 6,500 lives in one year.
Article Local communities can save forest cover: UN report
Active involvement of local people in low-cost projects have helped increase forest cover in the Asia-Pacific region despite climate change, illegal deforestation threats and forest fires, says a UN report.
Article Brazil-UN to fight hunger among school children
A new WFP initiative will draw on Brazil's expert school meal programme to help countries in Africa and Asia tackle malnutrition in children attending schools.
Article Fertiliser trees boost African agriculture
Around 400,000 farmers of southern Africa are growing fertiliser trees to improve their farm yields boosting soil fertility, reveals a study. Fertiliser trees capture nitrogen from the surroundings, restore nutrients and hence increase crop productivity.
Article Website for transparent mining in Congo
The Carter Centre of the US has launched a website to monitor Congo’s mining sector. The website contains comprehensive information about Congolese laws and mining projects to check corruption in mining.
Article Painkiller abuse epidemic in US
Abuse of prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the United States within last decade resulting in 40 deaths per day, reveals a government report.
Article Norway tops UN human development rankings
Norway retains its top position in UN’s annual Human Development Index spanning life expectancy, education and GDP per capita. South Asian countries still grapple with gender disparity, highlights the report.
Article Russia, China top bribery survey
Companies from China and Russia are most prone to bribery when doing business abroad, reveals an index by Transparency International. Bribery is also common in the G20 nations, says the index.
Article Climate change spurs weather disasters, confirms IPCC
Floods, droughts, typhoons and other weather extremes across the globe are impacts of climate which cost billions of dollars to world’s economies, confirms a climate report.
Article US cuts UNESCO funds over Palestinian vote
The United States has stalled UNESCO funding as Palestine gets full UNESCO membership with significant majority. A US domestic law blocks funds to any UN body that gives full membership to Palestine before reconciliation between Israel and Palestine.
Article Nuke weapons to surge despite appeals for disarmament: Report
Nuclear nations have planned to spend hundreds of billions on nuke weapon upgrade over the next decade despite huge budget pressures and international cry for disarmament, warns a new report.
Article US coalition petitions to ban Monsanto's biotech corn
US national food retailers are being petitioned to not use Monsanto's new sweet corn in unlabeled products. Critics say genetically altered food products pose environmental and health risks, including food allergies and long-term health effects.
Article Lead phase-out brings massive health and cost benefits: study
Phasing out of leaded petrol in developing countries have lowered premature deaths, improved intelligence and averted crimes, reveals a UN-backed study. Around 18 million children in developing nations suffer from permanent brain damage after getting exposed to leaded petrol.
Article UN to end no-fly zone over Libya
The United Nations Security Council has voted to terminate NATO’s air operations in Libya on 31 October despite Libya's call for more time to assess its security needs following the demise of Muammar Gaddafi.
Article Recycled pacemakers safe for poor countries: study
Donated pacemakers can help impoverished heart patients in poor countries live a normal life without any infection or pacemaker malfunction, says a US study. Around 2 million people with no access to pacemakers die every year across the globe.
Article UNESCO reveals huge secondary education gap worldwide
A new report by the UN highlights a widening gap in secondary education across the world that needs to be addressed to remove global poverty. The report urges global leaders to transform this compulsory commitment into a reality to enable one-third of the world's children attain better lives.
Article UN-sets-challenges-for-population-7-billion
Article Javan rhino extinct in Vietnam
Last known Javan rhino in Vietnam has died, leaving only a small population in Indonesia to ensure the species' survival, say conservationists.
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