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Children, Hope of the World, At Risk

Children of trainee carpet weavers at an in-house kindergarten at the Afghan Bazar Carpet Company in Mazar-e Sharif, in northern Afghanistan's Balkh Province. December 3, 2019 (Photo courtesy International Labour Organisation Asia-Pacific) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Young people are his greatest source of hope, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the world in his New Year’s message today. “From climate action to gender equality to social justice and human rights, your generation is on the frontlines and in the headlines,” he said. “I am inspired by your passion and determination.”

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Billions Pledged at First Global Refugee Forum

Azeem, 27, at his shop in Karachi, Pakistan. Afghan refugees like Azeem have recently been allowed to open bank accounts. 2019 (Photo by Roger Arnold courtesy UNHCR)

The world’s first Global Refugee Forum ended Wednesday with hundreds of pledges and a “decisive shift” in approach. More than 770 pledges were made that ranged from financial support to more inclusive government policies to improving access to refugee employment, education, clean energy and resettlement.

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Weak COP25 Outcome Disappoints, Despite Achievements

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses thousands of delegates from around the world, opening the UN’s annual climate conference, COP25, Dec. 2, Madrid, Spain (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

Climate negotiations lasting 16 days have failed to find common ground on international carbon trading rules, one of the important issues at the UN’s COP25 climate summit in Madrid, which wrapped Sunday with a weak accord despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition.”

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Courageous Young People Battle Climate Crisis

Illinois Youth Climate Strike marchers start out from Millennium Park in Chicago in solidarity with demonstrations at the UN climate conference, COP25, in Madrid, December 6, 2019 (Photo by Ted Cox / One Illinois) Posted for media use

As environmental disasters unfolded across the world in 2019, it is fearless children and young adults who have dared to speak out in defense of their rights to a safe and healthy future with a liveable climate, clean air and clean water.

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Refugees Pour into Overcrowded Greek Camp

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited the Reception and Identification Centre in Moria – Lesvos on Wednesday to witness first-hand the human cost of flawed migration policies that have stranded over 39,000 people in overcrowded, dangerous refugee camps.

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Healing the Plastic-Sick Seas

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More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually around the world, yet less than 10 percent of all plastic is recycled. Instead, at least eight million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans each year, equal to a garbage truck every minute.

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UN Strives to Secure Human Rights of Children

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More than 5.4 million children are detained around the world, human rights experts said on Monday, blaming “aggressive” State counterterrorism measures for the spike in youngsters held for alleged links with armed conflict or national security concerns based on their social media posts.

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The Race for Rare Earths

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The European Union is aiming for a reliable supply of rare earth minerals and so is everyone else in Brussels this week for the EU’s fourth annual Raw Materials Week. Adding to the urgency of securing supplies, across the Atlantic, the United States and Australia Monday signed their own rare earth mining and supply agreement.

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World Scientists Declare Climate Emergency

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A global coalition of more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries says “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

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Investors Embrace China

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More than 80 percent of investors globally plan to increase their organizations’ allocation to investments in China over the next 12 months, finds a new survey undertaken by a specialized team within the 175-year-old London-based “Economist” magazine.

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Mastering the E-Waste Merry-go-round

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Since becoming Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2014, Houlin Zhao has upgraded his mobile phone three times, and, he says, every time, the old mobile was recycled or donated to charity for further use. But this is not the case for all mobile phones around the world.

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Riding Electric Vehicles Into the Hi-tech Future

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Imagine the joy of driving your zero-emissions electric car for 1,500 miles (2,414 km) without stopping to recharge the battery. Until now that has been impossible for any type of vehicle anywhere in the world, but late last month an ex-British naval officer signed a multi-million pound deal…

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Youth Leaders Clear the Way to Eco-Sanity

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At this moment, young people under the age of 30 are motivating the world’s seven billion people to adopt environmental responsibility across the planet in many ways – in the courts, in the streets, and by engineering innovative solutions to persistent problems.

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Waste: Source of Wealth and Conflict

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In what environmentalists have labeled a “global waste shell game,” Indonesian officials have been caught approving re-exports of illegal U.S. waste shipments to other Asian countries instead of returning them to the United States as promised.

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