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The world is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste says UN chief, marking Environment Day

UNEP/Cyril Villemain Local people from Watamu, Kenya, work with Local Ocean Conservation to pick up plastic on the beach each Friday.   The world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our […]

UN rights chief urges action in Mexico to end ‘outrageous’ wave of disappearances

Authorities in Mexico are being urged to act to end what the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has described as “a wave of enforced disappearances” in the city of Nuevo Laredo, amid “strong indications” that federal security forces may be involved. A local human rights organization in the city, which is located near the border with […]

UN chief launches new disarmament agenda ‘to secure our world and our future’

  The United Nations chief announced a bold new vision for global disarmament on Thursday, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction. “The United Nations was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy,” Secretary-General António […]

UN envoy urges ‘inclusive’ talks to resolve crisis in Burundi

Inclusive talks remain the only way to find a lasting solution to the political, socio-economic and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed Burundi since 2015, the United Nations envoy for the African Great Lakes country said on Thursday. Briefing the Security Council a week after the country voted in favour of a new constitution, Michel Kafando, […]