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Bonn: Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and wisdom valuable to climate adaptation, Peruvian activists say

Peruvian indigenous activists at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, made a strong call Tuesday for indigenous peoples to be part of the solution to tackling climate change, emphasizing their traditional wisdom and practical knowledge about adaptation methods. “We don’t want to speak only about climate change but about climate catastrophe […] […]

Bonn: UN climate conference to maintain ambition one year after Paris accord’s entry into force

One year after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Bonn Conference, which opens on 6 November in Germany, will be an opportunity for nations around the world to show their ambition for climate action and their determination to keep their promises. “While Paris represented one of those moments where the best […]

UN concerned over ‘unfolding humanitarian emergency’ at Australia’s offshore processing centre

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed its concern over “an unfolding humanitarian emergency” at Australia’s offshore detention centre, where refugees and asylum seekers are holding out after the Australian Government’s decision to close the facility and pull out its support staff. “We share the concerns of other UN agencies… about what is an unfolding […]

‘Failure to broker peace’ hinders solutions to displacement, UN refugee chief tells Security Council

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday urged global leaders to find political solutions to the world’s conflicts, if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. “Securing solutions for the millions of people uprooted around the world, and avoiding a repeat of the massive outflows that have […]

‘Injustice against journalists costly for society,’ says UNESCO chief on International Day

Justice must be done for the murder of journalists, who perform important functions in taking forward fundamental freedoms and bolstering the strength of societies, a senior United Nations official said Thursday, marking the International Day to end impunity for crimes against them. “Justice is a cornerstone of a free society. It dissuades those who threaten freedom of […]

Violence against children pervasive in homes, schools and communities – UNICEF

A 15-year-old-boy looks out of the UNICEF-supported National Foundation for Honduran Development, in Honduras. The Foundation supports children and young people in the area who are affected by gang violence. Photo: UNICEF/Amaya 1 November 2017 – About 300 million, or three-quarters, of the world’s two- to four-year-old children experience either psychological aggression or physical punishment, […]