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Geopolitics Restrains UNSC Action on Syria Chemical Weapons

New York (ABC Live):Syria Chemical Weapons : Two draft resolutions – one sponsored by the United States and another led by Russia – were defeated in the United Nations Security Council Thursday, blocking renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. With a ‘no’ vote from Russia, as well as a negative vote from Bolivia, and abstentions …

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Know ASEAN One Community Concept

New Delhi (ABC Live):ASEAN One Community Concept : The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The ASEAN is celebrating it Golden Jubilee in Year 2017 The ASEAN Community 2015 …

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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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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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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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Know the Global Estimates of Child Labour

New Delhi (ABC Live): Global Estimates of Child Labour : The Sustainable Development Goals include a renewed global commitment to ending child labour. Specifically, target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the global community to: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the …

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Average Global Temperature in 2017 1.1 Celsius Above: WMO

New Delhi (ABC Live):  Average Global Temperature :It is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought. Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated. Arctic sea ice coverage remains …

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