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Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief

qui, 06/06/2019 - 21:30
An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms, launched on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Categorias: Internacionais

World Bank downgrades global growth forecasts, poorest countries hardest hit

qua, 05/06/2019 - 17:10
The World Bank has lowered its expectations of global economic growth for this year in a new report. It says that, although the picture for poorer countries is expected to stabilize in 2020, economic momentum remains weak.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Bicycle Kingdom’ makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis

seg, 03/06/2019 - 21:00
Cars have replaced bicycles as the primary means of transport in many Chinese cities but, with air pollution a major problem for the country, the bike is making a comeback, thanks to digital technology, and some 21st Century thinking.
Categorias: Internacionais

FROM THE FIELD: Watering the parched farmland of São Tomé and Príncipe

seg, 03/06/2019 - 16:35
Farmers on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe, off the western coast Africa, are being supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to become more resilient in the face of climate fluctuations which have left the land parched and farmers without an income. 
Categorias: Internacionais

Monday’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus

seg, 03/06/2019 - 15:04
This Monday, top stories includes: the “catastrophic” cost of maternal healthcare; UN condemnation following violence against protesters in Sudan and the killing of a journalist in Chad; and the urgent need for sustainability highlighted through an exhibit in Geneva and a special event in London.
Categorias: Internacionais

With a premature death every five seconds, air pollution is violation of human rights, says UN expert

seg, 03/06/2019 - 11:58
An independent UN expert said on Monday that the failure of governments across the world to ensure clear air, constitutes a “violation of the rights to life, health and well-being, as well as the right to live in a healthy environment.”
Categorias: Internacionais

From philanthropy to profit: how clean energy is kickstarting sustainable development in East Africa

sex, 31/05/2019 - 09:00
Until recently, Namacurra district, in the Zambezia province of Mozambique, some 1,500 km from the capital Maputo, did not have any basic services – such as schools, health centres, or even energy – connecting the region to the electricity grid would be extremely time-consuming, and costly. But a new UN-backed clean energy initiative looks set to change the outlook for Namacurra, and, within a matter of months, kickstart sustainable development for the benefit of the thousands of people, relocated to the area following the devastating rains of 2015, and it could herald an improved outlook for other economically disadvantaged parts of Africa.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Ground-breaking innovation’ needed in cities, where battle for sustainable development will be won or lost, says UN agency chief

qua, 29/05/2019 - 18:18
If the battle to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to be won or lost in cities, then they need to “achieve a lasting impact on communities and to ensure that no one is left behind,” the head of the UN agency dealing with sustainable urban development said on Wednesday.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Save Tuvalu; save the world’; UN chief echoes rallying cry from front lines of global climate emergency

qua, 29/05/2019 - 17:28
Further inaction on climate change is “simply not an option”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in an opinion piece where he called for “rapid and deep change in how we do business, generate power, build cities and feed the world.”   
Categorias: Internacionais

Don’t let smoking steal life’s breathtaking moments, urges UN health agency

qua, 29/05/2019 - 13:02
Tobacco use continues to claim around eight million lives a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, in a call for faster action from governments to tackle smoking and the “enormous” health, social, environmental and economic costs it entails.
Categorias: Internacionais

Asia-Pacific ‘regional parliament’ underway to advance equality, empowerment, for more than four billion citizens

qua, 29/05/2019 - 12:12
The top United Nations body in the Asia-Pacific region opened its annual session this week, calling for greater empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized groups if the region is to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and fulfill its promise to leave no one behind.
Categorias: Internacionais

Artificial intelligence summit focuses on fighting hunger, climate crisis and transition to ‘smart sustainable cities’

ter, 28/05/2019 - 17:02
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is at the forefront of fighting hunger, mitigating the climate crisis and facilitating “the transition to smart sustainable cities", said the chief of the UN agency which specializes in information and communication technologies, Houlin Zhao, kicking off the third AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva.
Categorias: Internacionais

End fossil fuel subsidies, and stop using taxpayers’ money to destroy the world: Guterres

ter, 28/05/2019 - 11:33
“We need to tax pollution, not people”, and “end subsidies for fossil fuels,” Secretary-General António Guterres told the World Summit of the R20 Coalition on Tuesday, a UN-supported environmental organization, founded by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Categorias: Internacionais

Energy of African youth ‘propelling’ new development era as UN ties bear fruit

sab, 25/05/2019 - 00:00
The “boundless energy and optimism” of young Africans is propelling the continent into a new era of sustainable development, alongside new partnerships between the UN and African Union.
Categorias: Internacionais

End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief

qui, 23/05/2019 - 12:36
Although obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still live with the painful and disfiguring condition, according to UN data.
Categorias: Internacionais

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change, UN stresses on International Day 

qua, 22/05/2019 - 12:42
The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health. 
Categorias: Internacionais

FROM THE FIELD: Saving the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea

seg, 20/05/2019 - 12:57
The survival of an endangered animal which looks part kangaroo and part lemur has been secured thanks to a project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
Categorias: Internacionais

On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator numbers

seg, 20/05/2019 - 12:43
If you think you’re busy, then spare a thought for the world’s bees; for they, along with other insects and animals, are responsible for pollinating more than 75 per cent of the planet’s favourite food crops.
Categorias: Internacionais

Promoting ‘a healthy sustainable future’, the UN health agency engages young and young at heart to 'Walk the Talk'

dom, 19/05/2019 - 12:55
Celebrating the importance of fitness, on Sunday morning in the Swiss city of Geneva, the United Nations health agency kicked off its second “Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge”.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN blue helmets in South Sudan use Sustainable Development Goals to help build peace  

sab, 18/05/2019 - 17:05
 The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has concluded the week by harnessing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support the nation, including by offering free medical services, encompassing SDG 3’s target on health coverage.
Categorias: Internacionais