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Assembling the UN's new panel on chemical ●1 February 2023 (LINK)

— WHO estimates that air pollution is responsible for around seven million deaths per year, while exposure to other hazardous chemicals causes a further two million deaths annually.

Last March, the UN passed a series of measures aimed at tackling the pollution crisis. As well as plans for a new treaty on ending plastic pollution, these included a resolution to set up a new science–policy panel to advise on managing chemicals and waste, and preventing pollution. The panel will be similar in stature to the IPCC and IPBES — the bodies that produce the world's most authoritative reports on climate and biodiversity issues, respectively.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) wants the new panel to get to work in 2025. The working group charged with forming the panel met for the first time in October, and the latest talks underway in Bangkok will aim to secure funding from UN member states and hone the draft plans for the panel's scope and procedures. The plans will be further refined in numerous regional and international meeting, concluding in at the end of 2024.

UN found no managerial misconduct at WHO in Congo sex scandalreuters31 January 2023 (LINK)

Experts seek investigation of Wagner Group, Mali forces reuters31 January 2023 (LINK)

World Bank reshuffles senior leadership ahead of reformsdevex26 January 2023 (LINK)

Top UN woman urges Muslims: Move Taliban into 21st centuryapnews26 January 2023 (LINK)

— Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, a former Nigerian Cabinet minister and a Muslim, said at a news conference that four Taliban ministers, including the foreign minister and a deputy prime minister, spoke "off one script" during meetings with her delegation last week.

She said the officials sought to stress things that they say they have done and not gotten recognition for — and what they called their effort to create an environment that protects women. "Their definition of protection would be, I would say, ours of oppression," Mohammed said.

Man sentenced to death in Mali for 3 UN peacekeeper killings in 2019apnews26 January 2023 (LINK)

'None of them take orders from anywhere else than Beijing': analysing China's efforts to influence the UN human rights treaty body systemishr25 January 2023 (LINK)

Three sites 'in danger' added to UNESCO World Heritage List, including 65 sources25 January 2023 (LINK)

Inside the UN's chaotic flight from Taliban takeoverdevex24 January 2023 (LINK)

— "The United Nations' security response to the Taliban's lightning 2021 overthrow of the United States-backed Afghan government was plagued by poor planning and a breakdown in communication, exposing a fundamental lack of staff trust in the organization's ability to protect them at a time of extreme crisis."

'Big Oil peddled the big lie': UN chief calls out fossil fuel giants for ignoring climate scienceeuronews18 January 2023 (LINK)

'This Insanity Belongs in Science Fiction': At Davos, UN Chief Rips Fossil Fuel ←18 January 2023 (LINK)

WEF Davos 2023: In Davos, Blockchain Yields More Promises Than Problems: a United Nations official makes the case for the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies: Advit Nath, controller and director of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development and a regional ambassador for the Global Blockchain Business Councilcoindesk18 January 2023 (LINK)

— About half of the estimated 500 companies attending the 2023 annual World Economic Forum (WEF) event in Davos, Switzerland, are technology companies and startups. The conversations I've overheard or been a part of, so far, have concerned the pragmatic (using blockchain for traceability), the political (using blockchain for anti-corruption), the futuristic (decentralized finance and the metaverse) and the hopeful (incentivizing climate action through Web3).

UAE names oil company chief to lead UN COP28 climate talks 131 sources13 January 2023 (LINK)

Indian cough syrups linked to kids' deaths in Uzbekistan should not be used, says 45 sources12 January 2023 (LINK)

Gender Parity Endured Among Top UN Posts in 2022, but Gaps in Lower-Level Jobs Persist: a gender gap exists in entry-level positions in the Secretariat, which saw a decrease in women filling such jobspassblue5 January 2023 (LINK)

A-Z of United Nations Podcastsunric1 January 2023 (LINK)

Abduction, Torture, Rape: Conflict in Congo Worsens, UN 56 sources28 December 2022 (LINK)

U.N. halts some programs in Afghanistan after ban on women aid workers 30 sources28 December 2022 (LINK)

'Digital twins' for cities and the UN systemundp27 December 2022 (LINK)

— Singapore's use of its digital twin is already highlighted as best practice in the 2021 UNDP Handbook on Smart Urban Innovations. Its 3D virtual model allows new developments to be simulated with great precision. This digital twin is used in planning bicycle lanes and parking lots, taking into account many factors such as road obstacles, tree shading, surrounding facilities, traffic connections and other safety parameters. The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, aims to use digital twins to increase public participation in urban planning and to track energy consumption. Seoul in South Korea uses it to predict wind paths and inform urban design in a way that reduces spread of forest fires, heat island effect (spots in urban areas with higher temperatures) and spread of fine dust.

UN Security Council urges Taliban to reverse restrictions on womenbbc27 December 2022 (LINK)

Mauritius, South Africa, and Morocco ranked as Most Innovative African countries in 2022 According to WIPOokayafrica.com23 December 2022 (LINK)

Director of Conservation and Policy at the Zoological Society of London: COP15: What is the UN's 30 by 30 biodiversity target and can we hit it? We need to hold countries to account to actually make the changes and make them now sciencefocus23 December 2022 (LINK)

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