News in Brief 16 January 2017(AM)

16 January 2017

UN launches guide on how to address violent extremism in prisons

A new handbook on managing violent extremist prisoners and preventing radicalization in prisons has been launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

It’s the UN’s first technical guidance tool on how to address these challenges in prison settings.

The approach aims at strengthening key components of prison management, including in the fields of staff training, risk management and rehabilitation efforts.

It also cautions against generalized assumptions regarding the complex topic as well as against “quick fix solutions” when it comes to managing violent extremist prisoners.

UNODC has been working with countries in East Africa to address violent extremist prisoners.

UN expert to review UK record on hazardous substance and waste

A review of the United Kingdom’s human rights record in relation to the life cycle of hazardous substances and waste is expected to be conducted by a UN expert on Tuesday.

Baskut Tuncak says his aim is to gather first-hand information on the UK’s efforts to prevent exposure to hazardous substances and waste and to ensure access to remedy for any harm caused.

He is expected to meet with Government officials as well as civil society organizations and the business community in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.

An essential part of Mr Tuncak’s visit will be to assess the needs of the most vulnerable to hazardous substances and wastes, including workers.

Furthermore, he will look into toxic waste trade practices and trends, the role of industry, and the human rights implications of toxic air pollution, among other issues.

UNESCO embarks on board world’s first “zero carbon footprint” ship

The UN’s education, scientific and cultural agency (UNESCO) has embarked on the Energy Observer, the world’s first “zero carbon footprint” ship.

The agency is lending its support to the project in order to promote renewable energies and raise awareness of energy transition challenges.

The ship combines various sources of renewable energies to produce its own hydrogen from sea water and store it on board.

It will sail the world over the next six years “without a drop of fossil fuel”.

The Energy Observer will make 101 stops in the world’s maritime capitals, historic ports, nature reserves or at major international events

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.



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