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Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

The negative environmental impact of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has been widely covered in the press in recent weeks and months, and their volatility has also been flagged as a cause for concern. Nevertheless, the UN believes that blockchain, the technology lying behind these online currencies, could be of great benefit to those fighting the climate crisis, and help bring about a more sustainable global economy.

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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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Guterres: Bring crimes of sexual violence in conflict out of ‘the shadows’, punish perpetrators

Human Rights Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to WHO’s latest estimates.
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One in every 100 dies by their own hand, each suicide ‘a tragedy’ – WHO

Health New research published by the UN health agency on Thursday revealed that suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide – taking more lives each year than HIV, malaria, breast cancer, war and homicide.