FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold prospectors

The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 


News in Brief 11 September 2019

  • Food insecurity plagues South Sudan
  • UNRWA chief appeals to Arab League for support
  • Mining should boost development and human rights in Mongolia: UN expert
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UN agency plan tackles ‘hidden cost’ of gold, paves way for safer, mercury-free mining

From smartphones to wedding rings, the hidden cost of everyday gold is its threat to human and environmental health, according to a new United Nations-driven initiative launched on Monday that aims to tackle mercury-based mining methods.

Corporate take-over of water must be addressed

Extractive industries like gas, oil and mining companies are taking control of water resources in local communities and even putting people’s health at risk.

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Shift work among miners causes fatigue and could spell accidents – UN report

The mining industry, which has seen a marked decline in jobs in recent years, is employing shift workers in a manner that causes fatigue and could spell accidents, according to a United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) study released today.