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Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work – UN

A domestic worker washes clothes by hand in New Delhi, India. Photo: ILO/B. Patel

Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work. The report, Formalizing Domestic Work, confirms […]

UN rights expert urges Australians to stand up against country’s ‘alarming’ hate speech and racism

Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The United Nations human rights expert on contemporary forms of racism has urged all Australians – from the Government to the media and civil society – to stand up against “alarming” hate speech and racism racial discrimination in the country, especially against indigenous people, refugees, migrants, and Muslims. “The elimination of racism, xenophobia and discrimination […]

Countries urged to prioritize protection of pollinators to ensure food security at UN biodiversity conference

A bee does its business in Kenya's Kerio Valley. Photo: FAO/Dino Martins

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity heard. “Pollinators affect all of us. The food that we eat like our fruits and vegetables, […]

In ‘wake-up call’ to Asia-Pacific, UN report urges region to do more to achieve zero hunger by 2030

The new report examines not only the effects of persistent undernutrition in the Asia-Pacific region but also the impact of poor diets, such as rising obesity and micronutrient deficiency. Photo: FAO/ Vinod Ahuja

Yesterday, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a report that outlines declining progress towards defeating hunger in Asia and the Pacific, noting that nearly one-in-three children suffer from stunting, and warning that to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger by 2030, the region must redouble its efforts. “The analysis […]

New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

Marine waste, mainly fishing gear, being collected on the beaches of Northwest Spitsbergen, Norway. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries’ economies, according to a United Nations report launched today. The report, Marine Debris: Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity found that the number of species affected by marine debris has increased […]

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