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HR COUNCIL DEBATES GAZA REPORT: VOTE EXPECTED SHORTLY - UN & Agencies


UN PANEL CHIEF SEES WRIGGLE ROOM FOR CLIMATE DEAL

Despite fears of failure facing global climate change negotiations in December, the UN climate panel chief said on Wednesday it was still possible to agree a pact, including levels of emission cuts by rich nations. – Climate Change

 

SRI LANKANS SAY THEY ARE FLEEING GENOCIDE

Almost 260 Sri Lankans aboard a boat moored in Western Java make desperate plea to Australia and other countries to consider their bids for asylum – Human Rights

 

PROFESSOR CONDEMNS ‘DUMPING’ REFUGEES OVERSEAS – Human Rights

 

PEACE MARCH TO CIRCLE EARTH STARTS IN NEW ZEALAND – Peace & Security

 

BAN COUNTS ON COUNTER TERRORISM TASKFORCE TO FIND ANSWERS

The UN had brought the world a long way in advancing multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, but ‘we are far from reaching safer shores’: Ban – Peace & Security

 

MONTHS OF HARD WORK AHEAD FOR STORM- BATTERED PHILIPPINES

The crisis in the Philippines in the aftermath of two devastating storms that recently hit the country was not over: UN humanitarian chief – Energy & Environment

 

WORLD PACT NEEDED TO STOP ORGAN TRAFFICKING: UN

A new world treaty is needed to prevent trafficking in organs, tissues and cells to protect victims and prosecute offenders exploiting impoverished people. – Health & Means

 

ACTION URGED TO PROTECT HOSPITALS FROM NATURAL HAZARDS

The tragedies that struck the Asia and Pacific region underscore the urgent action that must be taken to better protect hospitals from natural disasters. – Health & Means

 

UN RIGHTS CHIEF SPEAKS OUT AGAINST DEATH PENALTY IN IRAN – Human Rights

 

FIJIAN REGIME GIVES JOURNALISTS WAGES COUNCIL 

Labour minister of Fiji’s military regime draws attention to media's dire working conditions – Media Matters

 

CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN

Australia’s Chief Scientist Penny Sackett, in March 2009, said the world had only six years to radically lower emissions or face calamitous, unstoppable global warming.

A weekly UNity CLIMATE CHANGE COUNTDOWN monitors time passing.

This week there are 286 weeks left in which to radically lower emissions.