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Indigenous Peoples testify on intergenerational health impacts of hazardous substances

UN Expert Group Meeting

An Expert Group (EGM) meeting was held from January 19 to 20, 2019 at the Centro Cultural de España in Mexico City, Mexico, to provide information to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Mr. Baskut Tuncak. Participants at the UN Expert Group Meeting ...

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Finland ranks first in the Good Country Index

Sauli Niinisto

Finland ranked first in the Good Country Index published on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Dr Jyrki Pulkkinen, said in a statement in Abuja. President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, was one of the first to sign the climate pledge Pulkkinen said the results of the Index indicated that, relative to its size, Finland ...

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UNICEF urges governments to place priority on children of the poor

Anthony Lake

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 urged government at all levels to pay more attention to children in poor communities in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve result. Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF. Photo credit: ctvnews.ca Mohammed Fall, UNICEF Country Representative, Nigeria, made the call at a two-day Acceleration Conference on SDGs, ...

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Government urged to empower Niger Delta youths

Oil spill pollution

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) on Thursday, December 17, 2019 in Abuja called on the Federal Government to empower youths in the Niger Delta to enable them to contribute more towards nation building. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil Dr Kabari Sam, the Head, Environmental Conservation in the centre, made the ...

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AU summit to focus on status of African refugees, IDPs

WHO IDP camp

The African Union (AU) Commission on Friday, January 11, 2019 revealed that the state of African refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be on the spotlight as African leaders meet next month. Internally Displaced Persons queuing up for water at Muna IDPs camp. Photo credit: WHO/CE.Onuekwe The session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), which is expected ...

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UN confirms Brazil’s pull-out from migration pact

Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil has informed the United Nations that it will pull out of a migration pact, a UN spokesman said on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had pledged to withdraw support for the non-binding global compact for migration once he came into power, insisting that migration policies must be defined on the national ...

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ILO, Germany cooperate on ‘green jobs’, socially responsible structural change

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

The third conference of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Growth (PAGE) began on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, with the German Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter representing the Federal Environment Ministry. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter For two days, high-ranking political, economic, civil society, and science representatives and various UN organisations in the South African coastal city will discuss ...

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Bolsonaro slams UN migration pact as Brazil reportedly pulls out

Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil is pulling out of the controversial UN migration pact, local media reported on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 as President Jair Bolsonaro insisted that migration policies must be defined on the national level. Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil “No to the migration pact,” Bolsonaro said on Twitter. “The defence of national sovereignty was one of the flags of our (electoral) ...

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UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration

Internal migration

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in New York endorsed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the UN Network on Migration said in a statement. Internal migration According to the statement, the GCM was formally adopted with 152 votes in favour and five against while 12 abstained. Welcoming the formal ...

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Ban Ki-moon: UN poverty reduction goals achieved thanks to China

Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that eliminating poverty, the number one goal of the UN Millennium Development Goals, had been achieved thanks to the development of China. Speaking in China on the sidelines of a forum on international affairs in China’s southern city of Guangzhou, Ban said China’s reform and opening-up have lifted hundreds of millions, both in China ...

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