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UNFCCC Launches InsuResilience at COP23

Bonn (ABC Live): InsuResilience : On the heels of one of the worst – and most costly – Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, a global initiative was launched Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of providing insurance to hundreds of millions of vulnerable people by 2020 and to increase the resilience …

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ILO Confirms 152 Million Child Labour Force in World

Buenos Aires (ABC Live): Child Labour : An estimated 152 million children around the world work, a practice that the international community at a United Nations co-organized conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is trying to eliminate. “Of those, almost half are in hazardous work. We need to recognize that progress has been very uneven,” said International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder …

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UNSC Lifts Partial Somalia Arms Embargo

New York (ABC Live): Somalia Arms Embargo : The Security Council on Tuesday renewed until 15 November 2018 the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia, authorization for maritime interdiction of illicit arms imports and charcoal exports, and the humanitarian exemption. In the resolution adopted by 11 affirmative votes and four abstentions, the 15-member body requested the Somalia and Eritrea …

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10 Science Must Knows Climate Change At COP23

Bonn (ABC Live);10 Science Must Knows Climate Change : As global temperatures climb higher, Earth is approaching tipping points that threaten human security, warn scientists in a new statement to national representatives meeting in Bonn for the annual climate talks. Their warning comes as global emissions are projected to rise after three stable years. Professor Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm …

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International Conference on CPPNM Begins in Vienna

Vienna (ABC Live): CPPNM : The International Conference on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities commenced at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna today, bringing together more than 800 participants representing governments, regulatory bodies, nuclear facilities, academia, industry and civil society. Over the next four days, they will be sharing experiences, challenges and lessons learned in order to strengthen protection …

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UN Bats for Stern Actions Against Paradise Papers

New Delhi (ABC Live): Paradise Papers :  Ratings agencies must downgrade businesses responsible for unethical practices such as tax evasion carried out through off-shore-registered companies, two United Nations human rights experts warned, while urging countries to cooperate to counter this global tax abuse problem. “States must stop harmful tax competition amongst each other and work together to stop unethical tax avoidance schemes for …

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UN Proposes to Establish UN Road Safety Fund

New York (ABC Live):UN Road Safety Fund :Calling for greater efforts to reduce road traffic deaths worldwide, the United Nations envoy for road safety on Monday stressed that a proposed UN fund, along with national investments, would turn the tide of rising fatality numbers. “If established, a global Fund would be of huge significance in the fight to turn the …

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WMO Signs Agreement with UNFCCC for Cooperation

Bonn (ABC Live): WMO : The World Meteorological Organization has signed an agreement with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) secretariat to boost cooperation in a number of important areas. These include research and evidence to support climate policy-making and climate-smart investment, and technical cooperation to improve climate products and services for mitigation and adaptation action. WMO Secretary General …

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UN Elects 4 New Judges for International Court of Justice

THE HAGUE (ABC Live): International Court of Justice : The General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations yesterday elected four Members of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a term of office of nine years, beginning on 6 February 2018. Judges Ronny Abraham (France), Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia) and Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil) were re-elected …

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China All Set to Unveil Green Technology Bank at COP23

UN Climate Change, Bonn (ABC Live): :Green Technology Bank : On Saturday, experts at the annual UN Climate Conference will outline how the Green Technology Bank, a key initiative of China focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, is boosting technical and financial support for green development. The Bank forms part of China’s evolving …

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