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Nord Stream rupture may mark biggest single methane release ever recorded — UNEPreuters30 September 2022 (LINK)

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder concludes 10-year term in officeilo30 September 2022 (LINK)

— "A series of ILO recommendations was adopted aimed at tackling forced labour, protecting the world's poorest workers in the informal economy, and rebuilding the world of work in countries recovering from war and natural disasters. Other major achievements came in 2015, when – following a worldwide ILO campaign – the UN General Assembly adopted Sustainable Development Goal 8 on Decent Work for All ; and in 2020, when the ILO's Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) became the first Convention to be universally ratified by all 187 ILO Member States. Ryder's strong leadership and personal commitment to combatting sexual violence and harassment was key to getting the ground-breaking Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) adopted. Convention No. 190 is the first international instrument to address the issue of violence and harassment in the world of work. Ryder also undertook far-reaching measures to ensure the ILO was equipped to face contemporary and future challenges, including the establishment of the high-level Global Commission on the Future of Work."

Gilbert F. Houngbo was elected as the Organization's 11th Director-General in March 2022, by the ILO's Governing Body. His term in office starts on 1 October 2022. ILO Directors'-General serve a maximum of two five-year terms.

Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Op-Ed: WTO Aid for Trade can help create an inclusive circular economytrade4devnews30 September 2022 (LINK)

The value of trade in second-hand goods, secondary raw materials, and waste for recovery rose by more than 230 per cent (from $94 billion to $313 billion) between 2000 and 2019, with the global export value of trade in goods rising by around 195 per cent over the same period. The WTO Aid for Trade initiative could play an important role in helping address areas for action, in particular capacity building.This includes investing in critical infrastructure to enable domestic circular activities such as repairing, remanufacturing, and recycling which will help domestic industry maximise the value capture from imported circular trade flows (such as second-hand goods and secondary raw materials). Circularity should be identified as a core pillar in the pursuit of 'greening' the WTO Aid for Trade initiative.

Doreen Bogdan-Martin of U.S. elected new ITU Secretary-General, first woman as head — itu29 September 2022 (LINK)

— Member States elect ITU's next Deputy Secretary-General: Tomas Lamanauskas of Lithuania (LINK)

Iran: UN experts demand stay of execution for two women LGBT rights supportersnews.un.org28 September 2022 (LINK)

UN calls on Iran to avoid 'unnecessary force' on protestersground.news28 September 2022 (LINK)

Time to address mental health issues in the workplace, WHO and ILO urgenews.un.org28 September 2022 (LINK)

— With an estimated 12 billion workdays lost annually due to depression and anxiety, it costs the global economy nearly $1 trillion. WHO issues guidelines. ILO joins in policy brief.

Israel-Palestine: 'Meaningful initiatives' needed soon, to reverse to reverse current coursenews.un.org28 September 2022 (LINK)

UN's Declaration on Sustainable Housing and Cities is a meaningless messtreehugger28 September 2022 (LINK)

United Nations Foundation: General Assembly roundupunfoundation1 October 2022 (LINK)

UNGA produces sense that a 'new epoch' is arrivingapnews27 September 2022 (LINK)

General Assembly President Csaba Kőrüsi closed the annual global gathering Monday afternoon by saying he sensed, in leaders' speeches, a "growing awareness that humanity has entered a new era" of complex challenges, multilayered crises, and changing priorities. What's happening, he said, represents not just modifications, but "significant transformations in the making." There isn't a name yet "for the new epoch," Kőrüsi said, "but we feel that it has arrived."

Pass Blue: UNGA77 week's Recappassblue26 September 2022 (LINK)

'We're edging into global recession', says WTO chief, echoing World Bank's dire viewground.news27 September 2022 (LINK)

Cyprus seeks UN help to stem asylum-seeker 'avalanche'ground.news27 September 2022 (LINK)

So-called referenda in Russian-controlled Ukraine 'cannot be regarded as legal': UN political affairs chiefnbcnews27 September 2022 (LINK)

The 'go-getter' at the helm of the WTOgenevasolutions26 September 2022 (LINK)

Norman Foster to launch UN sustainability declaration for architectsdezeen23 September 2022 (LINK)

Biden commits another $2.9bn to fight world hunger as Russia's invasion of Ukraine takes global tollcnn21 September 2022 (LINK)

Al Gore calls it 'ridiculous' to have 'climate denier', appointed by Trump, leading the World Bankcommondreams21 September 2022 (LINK)

ISHR: Human Rights Council should take urgent action to address dire human rights situation in Russiaishr21 September 2022 (LINK)

Venezuela committing crimes against humanity to crush dissent, UN report findsgenevasolutions21 September 2022 (LINK)

UN secretary general says 'polluters must pay,' calls for extra tax on fossil fuel profitscnbc20 September 2022 (LINK)

UN chief blasts PR industry for spearheading big oil's propaganda machinecommondreams20 September 2022 (LINK)

UN chief: World is 'paralyzed' and equity is slipping awayap / kiro720 September 2022 (LINK)

SWISS joins the UN Global Compactnewsmarket20 September 2022 (LINK)

Ghost ship in the Red Sea could cause Earth's next greatest environmental catastrophethedebrief20 September 2022 (LINK)

— Earlier this year, the United Nations began a crowdfunding campaign to raise the $80 million required to drain the oil from the FSO Safer and move it to another vessel. By late August this year, the UN had raised $68 million. Two weeks ago, Canada stepped in to pledge $2.5 million to the project, and yesterday, the Netherlands promised $7.5 million, raising hopes that any funding shortfalls can be quickly made up.

Here's what the United Nations can and can't do in response to the war in Ukrainegrid.news20 September 2022 (LINK)

Qatar's UN ambassador denied Geneva human rights post after antisemitic, homophobic tweetstimesofisrael19 September 2022 (LINK)

UN chief and Russia's Putin discuss war in Ukraine: "I have the feeling we are still far away from peace."ground.news15 September 2022 (LINK)

UN warns of 'serious threat' from Syria cholera outbreakground.news14 September 2022 (LINK)

Girls 'failed by discrimination' and stereotyping in maths class: UNICEFun14 September 2022 (LINK)

U.N. calls for climate alert systems worldwide in 5 yearsscientificamerican14 September 2022 (LINK)

UN rights expert: Russian Government is 'destroying civil society day by day'un14 September 2022 (LINK)

Climate impacts headed to 'uncharted territories of destruction,' UN chief warnscbc13 September 2022 (LINK)

ILO: 50 million people in modern slavery: No justification for 'fundamental' human rights abuseun12 September 2022 (LINK)

UN expert describes 'staggering repression' of women and girls in Afghanistantheguardian12 September 2022 (LINK)

— UN mission accused Taliban authorities of harassing UN Afghan female employees.

Waiting for full gender equality? Not until 2322 at present rate, according to UN Women/UNDESAwomensagenda12 September 2022 (LINK)

Air quality sinks as climate change accelerates — annual WMO Air Quality and Climate Bulletingreekreporter13 September 2022 (LINK)

U.N. chief visits areas of Pakistan devastated by floodsground.news11 September 2022 (LINK)

Switzerland tops latest Human Development Indexlenews9 September 2022 (LINK)

— With a score of 0.962 out of 1.000, Switzerland topped the United Nation's latest Human Development Index for 2021, a measure that includes life expectancy, education and income

UN Human Development Index sees life expectancy, education and income fall for 90% of countriesbbc8 September 2022 (LINK)

An obscure UN agency okayed the first industrial sea floor mining projectqz9 September 2022 (LINK)

— Canadian firm given authorization hired Allseas, a Swiss undersea contractor, to deploy a prototype collector that will aim to vacuum fist-sized chunks of metal from three miles under the surface of the waves.

Marsha Hunt, actress blacklisted in Hollywood, UN supporter, dies at 104hollywoodreporter9 September 2022 (LINK)

"You know, I was never interested in communism," she said in a 2004 interview. Hunt was "one of the first major actresses in Hollywood to dedicate her life to causes," said Kat Kramer."To work with her was the most rewarding collaboration of my life. I suspect it always will be," said sEddie Muller. "She is simply the most exceptional human being I've ever known."

Volker Türk appointed new UN High Commissioner for Human Rightsnews.un.org8 September 2022 (LINK)

His report, Our Common Agenda, sets out a vision to tackle the world's interconnected challenges on foundations of trust, solidarity and human rights.

WTO announces winner of 2022 Essay Award for Young Economists: Mathilde Muñoz, from France, at the University of California, Berkeleywto8 September 2022 (LINK)

— Mathilde Muñoz's paper explores the implications of "job postings" on labour market outcomes and welfare. Basing her work on evidence in the European Union, Ms Muñoz shows that the use of job postings has triggered large economic gains in low-wage countries sending employees but it hurts low-paid workers in high-wage countries where the tasks are undertaken. The Selection Panel also gave an honourable mention to Danish-Canadian Torsten Søchting Jaccard of the University of Toronto for his paper entitled "Who Pays for Protectionism? The Welfare and Substitution Effects of Tariffs". It shows that US tariffs imposed on imports from low-income countries pose a bigger burden on poorer households, with a negative impact on rural communities, while US tariffs imposed on imports from high-income countries pose a bigger burden on richer households, with a negative impact on urban communities. In the judgement of the Selection Panel, Mr Jaccard's essay provides novel insights into the distributional costs of tariffs to consumers, highlighting the link between household characteristics, their consumption tendencies and domestic alternatives available to consumers to assess the impact on consumer welfare.

UN Human Development Index sees life expectancy, education and income fall for 90% of countriesbbc8 September 2022 (LINK)

New World Health Organization report reveals cigarette butts as main driver of microplastic pollutiononegreenplanet7 September 2022 (LINK)

World food price index falls for fifth month in Augustapnews2 September 2022 (LINK)

N. Korea calls UN monitor on its rights issue 'puppet' of USapnews2 September 2022 (LINK)

Wildfire, floods don't need to turn into disasters: UNU-EHS risk reportungeneva31 August 2022 (LINK)

UN rights chief's tenure ends in disappointment for China activistsreuters / worldnewsguru31 August 2022 (LINK)

UN issues flash appeal for $160 million to help Pakistan with floodsground.news31 August 2022 (LINK)

Archaeologists call on Unesco to protect Istanbul's Hagia Sophiasmithsonianmag30 August 2022 (LINK)

UN Women terminates partnership with investment firm BlackRock after public outcry19thnews25 August 2022 (LINK)

22 million face starvation in Horn of Africa: WFPground.news20 August 2022 (LINK)

UN rapporteur says China employing forced labor, possible 'enslavement' in Xinjiangground.news17 August 2022 (LINK)

Myanmar's UN envoy travels to strife-torn country for the first timedw16 August 2022 (LINK)

North Korea criticises U.N. chief's support for the North's denuclearisationground.news14 August 2022 (LINK)

WHO announces new names for monkeypox (Clades) variants to avoid causing offencendtv14 August 2022 (LINK)

— "Consensus was reached to now refer to the former Congo Basin (Central African) clade as Clade one (I) and the former West African clade as Clade two (II). Additionally, it was agreed that the Clade II consists of two subclades."

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres appalled by attack on Salman Rushdie, who is on ventilator and unable to speakground.news13 August 2022 (LINK)

WHO plans open forum to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concernsground.news13 August 2022 (LINK)

UNCTAD takes aim at crypto in developing world in a series of critical policy briefscointelegraph11 August 2022 (LINK)

Envisaging the future of cities: UN-Habitat launches the 2022 World Cities Reportarchdaily10 August 2022 (LINK)

World Health Organization decries attacks on monkeys over fears of spread of monkeypox in Brazilground.news10 August 2022 (LINK)

International Atomic Energy Agency raises grave concerns over shelling at Ukraine nuclear power planttheguardian7 August 2022 (LINK)

W.H.O.: life expectancy in Africa increases by nearly 10 yearsground.news5 August 2022 (LINK)

UN warns two largest US water reservoirs at 'dangerously low levels'thehill3 August 2022 (LINK)

Yemen's warring sides agree to renew existing truce for 2 months: UNaljazeera3 August 2022 (LINK)

A clean and healthy environment is a human right, 28 July U.N. resolution declaresmongabay29 July 2022 (LINK)

Declaring monkeypox an international emergency, WHO chief rejects expert panel's advicescience23 July 2022 (LINK)

Latin America and Caribbean at risk of 'irreversible damage' from climate change — WMO reportgenevasolutions22 July 2022 (LINK)

Water recycling solution recognised at inaugural WIPO global awardsgenevasolutions22 July 2022 (LINK)

Myanmar genocide case over Rohingya atrocities can go ahead, top UN court rulescnn22 July 2022 (LINK)

WHO to release first malaria vaccine in Africavoa learningenglish21 July 2022 (LINK)

But the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, possibly the malaria vaccine's biggest supporter, said it will no longer financially support it. The group says it is too costly and ineffective.

UN report highlights hundreds of rights violations in Afghanistanreuters20 July 2022 (LINK)

World Health Organization declares Ebola-like Marburg outbreak in Ghanaground.news18 July 2022 (LINK)

Haiti gang violence: UN votes to ban small arms salesrestofworld17 July 2022 (LINK)

UAE torture victims speak out at UN torture committee meetinggenevasolutions13 July 2022 (LINK)

Most Ukrainian refugees want to return home but are waiting the war out, U.N. study findsforbes13 July 2022 (LINK)

UN stresses key communications role to combat disinformationapnews13 July 2022 (LINK)

Global humanitarian needs worse than UN estimates (which are based only on appeals), report suggestsdevex12 July 2022 (LINK)

UN to monitor Ukraine war for violations against childrenground.news11 July 2022 (LINK)

Humans need to value nature as well as profits to survive, UN report findstheguardian11 July 2022 (LINK)

Researchers found that the way stakeholders valued nature was only taken into account on 2% of studies.

Wild species relied on by billions at risk, U.N. report warnsground.news8 July 2022 (LINK)

Russia vetoes UN push to renew cross-border aid to Syriaground.news8 July 2022 (LINK)

A 'very critical time' for Libya: UN probe details egregious human rights violationsgenevasolutions5 July 2022 (LINK)

UN meet sees blitz of pledges to protect ailing oceansafp / capitalfm28 June 2022 (LINK)

Long road ahead to hammer out UN biodiversity blueprintfrance2426 June 2022 (LINK)

UNRWA warns 'chronic underfunding' will lead to collapsei24 / algemeiner25 June 2022 (LINK)

Ensuring media freedom and safety of journalists requires urgent concrete action backed by political will: UN expertohchr24 June 2022 (LINK)

UN climate expert: I want to find the wormhole between human rights and climate changegenevasolutions24 June 2022 (LINK)

Fighting for better working conditions for the UN's outside workforcethegenevaobserver23 June 2022 (LINK)

Five steps to environmental justiceundp23 June 2022 (LINK)

African scientist criticises WHO for only considering monkeypox an emergency once it hit Europeabc23 June 2022 (LINK)

U.N. peace ambassador Ben Stiller visits Kyiv and tells President Volodymyr Zelenskyy: 'You are my hero'ground.news: 57 sources22 June 2022 (LINK)

UN chief condemns attacks in Mali that killed over 100 peopleground.news: 4 sources22 June 2022 (LINK)

UN whistleblowing complaints 'dismissed far too early'bbc21 June 2022 (LINK)

WTO passes 'unprecedented' trade package following protracted talks: agreements on fisheries subsidies, food safety, WTO reforms and emergency response, including a partial waiver for COVID-19 vaccinesupi17 June 2022 (LINK)

"The conduct of rich countries at the WTO has been utterly shameful," Max Lawson, co-chair of the People's Vaccine Alliance said in a statement. "This so-called compromise largely reiterates developing countries' existing rights to override patents in certain circumstances. And it tries to restrict even that limited right to countries which do not already have capacity to produce COVID-19 vaccines. Put it simply, it is a technocratic fudge aimed at saving reputations, not lives," Lawson said.

Made in India navigational app to be used at UN Geneva Office, says Ministerndtv14 June 2022 (LINK)

WHO to rename monkeypox virus to avoid discrimination, heeding calls from scientiststhedailybeast14 June 2022 (LINK)

UN Secretary-General says the climate crisis is placing half of humanity in 'the danger zone'euronews14 June 2022 (LINK)

UN Human Rights chief quits in August, denies related to China visitdailycaller13 June 2022 (LINK)

Reuters: Michelle Bachelet, U.N. rights chief, says no to second term amid China trip backlash

Over 50 WTO members express solidarity with Ukraine, vow assistanceukrinform12 June 2022 (LINK)

WTO chief sees 'bumpy' road as ministers work to reach dealsground.news12 June 2022 (LINK)

WTO looks to reach trade deals with its fate on the lineapnews11 June 2022 (LINK)

United Nations Sec Gen Guterres appoints former diplomat from Geneva as his envoy on technology and other new high officialstimesnownews11 June 2022 (LINK)

UNDP's Ocean Promise ahead of UN Ocean Conference 27 June-1 July — undp11 June 2022 (LINK)

"As of 2022, none of [the] SDG 14 [ocean] targets have been achieved, and progress on most has been limited. SDG 14 is estimated to receive the lowest level of investment of all the 17 SDGs." See also: The ocean and the blue economy are fundamental to addressing the triple planetary crisis — says UNDP (LINK)

Refugee leaders call for inclusion at Geneva talks: 'you can't feel the pain of a shoe that you are not wearing'genevasolutions10 June 2022 (LINK)

Intimidation of journalists in Russia will be denounced by the Human Rights Council — but so will the EU's decision to ban Russian mediathegenevaobserver9 June 2022 (LINK)

Pressure on U.N. Human Rights Commissioner over China visitthegenevaobserver9 June 2022 (LINK)

International academic signatories of the open letter regarding UH High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's statement and visit to the Xinjiang Uyghur Regionjimmillward7 June 2022 (LINK)

COVID pandemic's origins obscured by lack of Chinese data — WHO panelreuters9 June 2022 (LINK)

Ground News: WHO: COVID origins unclear, but lab leak theory needs study

U.N. calls for justice after fatal shooting of Myanmar WHO workerground.news9 June 2022 (LINK)

China and Russia defend North Korea vetoes in first at UN: The debate was held under new rules requiring the General Assembly to examine any veto wielded in the Security Council by one of its five permanent membersapnews9 June 2022 (LINK)

On World Oceans Day, 8 June, 7 tips to planning a guilt-free beach vacationmarketwatch8 June 2022 (LINK)

WHO battling a barrage of disinformation alleging it is scheming to take over health policy in sovereign nationsafp / brecorder8 June 2022 (LINK)

WFP/FAO: 'Climate shocks' fueling multiple, looming food crisesap / chron6 June 2022 (LINK)

"Conditions now are much worse than during the Arab Spring in 2011 and 2007-2008 food price crisis, when 48 countries were rocked by political unrest, riots and protests."

Chemicals conference in Geneva: what's on the agenda?gzeromedia6 June 2022 (LINK)

A terror comeback? Al-Qaida resurges in Afghanistan, says UNgzeromedia5 June 2022 (LINK)

More than two-thirds of world's people have COVID antibodies, WHO saysbloomberg / americanmilitarynews4 June 2022 (LINK)

UN official decries continued crackdown on Sudan protestersapnews4 June 2022 (LINK)

World Environment Day (6 June): Earth 'cannot keep up with our demands' — UN Secretary-General Antònio Guterresnews.un.org3 June 2022 (LINK)

Stockholm+50 issues call for urgent environmental and economic actionnews.un.org3 June 2022 (LINK)

Thousands to gather in Lisbon 23 June-1 July for UN Ocean Conference to launch a fleet of innovative solutions to stop rapid decline of our ocean's healthunesco1 June 2022 (LINK)

'Sea forest' would be better name for seaweed, says UN food advisertheguardian1 June 2022 (LINK)

Remote interpretation doesn't work for interpretersuntoday1 June 2022 (LINK)

UNICC agency head sees 'massive opportunities' in crypto: WEF 2022cointelegraph31 May 2022 (LINK)

50 years of UN environmental diplomacy: What's worked and the trends ahead: (a very partial view)theconversation31 May 2022 (LINK)

Climate change: The world isn't spending enough to prevent disasters, UN saysbloomberg / scmp28 May 2022 (LINK)

Of the US$133 billion disaster-related financing in 2010 to 2019, only 4 per cent went to reducing risks, rest was spent on more costly post-calamity responses

WHO chief Tedros reappointed to second five-year termapnews24 May 2022 (LINK)

Number of displaced people passes 100m for the first time, says UNHCRtheguardian23 May 2022 (LINK)

Russian diplomat to UN in Geneva resigns over invasion of Ukraineaxios23 May 2022 (LINK)

'Never have I been so ashamed': Russian envoy criticizes war: AP

UNESCO: "We have barely 3 years left to preserve the hospitality of our world and the diversity of the species that inhabit it. A radical change in our relationship with nature and other living beings is needed – in order to design and build a truly shared world"unesco20 May 2022 (LINK)

Earth's oceans have reached the hottest and most acidic levels on record, UN sayscnbc19 May 2022 (LINK)

UN boss unveils new clean energy proposalsaxios18 May 2022 (LINK)

WHO accuses tobacco industry of 'greenwashing' in new reportabcnews12 May 2022 (LINK)

A Blogger Exposed UNOPS' Wrongdoings. Its Boss Eventually Resignedpassblue11 May 2022 (LINK)

World could see 1.5C of warming in next five years, WMO reportsreuters8 May 2022 (LINK)

The U.N. predicts 560 disasters a year by 2030deseret30 April 2022 (LINK)

The future is increasingly a disaster zone, new report warnstheverge26 April 2022 (LINK)

South Korea to build a floating city for 12,000 people next year, with UN backingnbcnews27 April 2022 (LINK)

Russia quits UN tourism body ahead of vote on its suspensionreuters26 April 2022 (LINK)

'Now or never': Only severe emissions cuts will avoid climate extremes – U.N. report: Global emissions are on track to blow past the 1.5 degrees C warming limit envisioned in the 2015 Paris Agreement and reach some 3.2 degrees C by century's end.reuters5 April 2022 (LINK)

ILO cuts ties with Russia 'until a ceasefire is agreed'genevasolutions23 March 2022 (LINK)

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