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At Davos, UN chief urges ‘big emitters’ to take climate action

The world is “doomed” in the face of climate change unless major industrial nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. 

News in Brief 5 September 2019

  • Facebook commits to stem misinformation on vaccines
  • ‘Digital divide’ means technological advances not shared by all
  • Better harvests, but higher food prices leave Syrians hungry
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UN chief reaffirms commitment to untying ‘Gordian knot’ of Middle East conflict and instability

Underlining the “enormous” opportunities for sustainable development and investment in the Middle East, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reaffirmed the Organization’s deep engagement in a “surge of diplomacy for peace,” to “untie the Gordian knot of conflict and instability.”

Human rights are ‘key’ for economic policymaking says UN expert

Calling on governments to take human rights obligations into account when designing economic reforms, an independent United Nations rights expert said on Monday that “human rights impact assessments are key to the process”.

Gender equality will move societies forward: UNFPA chief

Gender equality must be the “benchmark” for measuring progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 global targets aimed at bringing about a more just world for people everywhere.

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Donor “consortium” needed to back up Haiti’s long-term recovery

A consortium of donors committed to improving Haiti’s water and sanitation is needed to help eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the new government.

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