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Myanmar: Timely support and action by Security Council ‘really paramount’, says UN Special Envoy

The UN Special Envoy for Myanmar said on Friday she has called for timely action from the Security Council in response to the ongoing crisis in the Southeast Asian country stemming from the military coup in February. 

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Women sort plastic at a recycling plant in Jordan.
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Women sort plastic at a recycling plant in Jordan.

Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy

Climate and EnvironmentDue to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast. The idea of a more sustainable “circular economy” is gaining traction, but what does this concept mean, and can it help save the planet?

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Portuguese UN peacekeepers stand in honour guard formation at the MINUSCA base in Bangui in the Central African Republic.
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Portugal’s UN peacekeepers: serving the people of the Central African Republic

Portuguese peacekeepers are playing a key role in protecting civilians in the Central African Republic as part of the UN’s mission in the country, MINUSCA

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UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries

Economic Development Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday. 

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UN chief: Desertification and drought destabilizing well-being of 3.2 billion people 

Climate and Environment Land degradation from climate change and the expansion of agriculture, cities and infrastructure “undermines the well-being of 3.2 billion people”, the UN chief said on Wednesday in his message for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.