Sweden: Step up efforts to fight systemic racism, urge UN experts 

While visiting the country from 31 October to 4 November, the members of the International Expert Mechanism gathered information on the existing legislative and regulatory measures for tackling racial discrimination. “The collection, publication and analysis of data disaggregated by race or ethnic origin in all aspects of life, especially regarding interactions with law enforcement and the criminal justice system, is… Read More

Europe hotting up more than twice global average: WMO

The State of the Climate in Europe report, produced jointly with the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, focused on 2021. It provides information on rising temperatures, land and marine heatwaves, extreme weather, changing precipitation patterns, and retreating ice and snow. Glacier melt The report says that between 1991 and 2021, temperatures in Europe warmed significantly, at an average rate… Read More

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ by stalled Black Sea Grain Initiative

On Sunday, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, in a statement for the Secretary-General, that Mr. Guterres has decided to delay his departure for the Arab League Summit in Algiers by a day to focus on the issue. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022, mountains of grains built up in silos, with ships unable to secure safe passage… Read More

UN still sees no sign of biological weapons in Ukraine

This marked the third time since the 24 February invasion that the Council has formally met at Russia’s request to address its ongoing allegations.  The UN’s High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumu Nakamitsu, had previously informed ambassadors – first in March, and then again in May – that the UN had seen no evidence of biological weapons use in Ukraine. … Read More

UNDP to support refurbishment of damaged public buildings in Ukraine

The partners signed the deal at an international conference in Berlin to support the war-ravaged nation, hosted by Germany and the European Commission. The agreement is funded by the multi-donor Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) and will support Ukrainian cities in implementing a €300 million EIB energy efficiency loan. Support amid aggression “By signing this new agreement… Read More

Ukraine: UN General Assembly demands Russia reverse course on ‘attempted illegal annexation’

The results were 143 Member States in favour, with five voting against, and 35 abstentions. The countries who voted against were Belarus, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Russia and Syria. A majority of those countries abstaining were African nations, alongside China and India. The resolution “defending the principles” of the UN Charter, notes that the regions of Donetsk,… Read More
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Bitcoin Trading Connection with Austria

– – Bitcoin trading is now available in Austria through the Bitcoin Austria exchange. The service offers users the ability to buy and sell bitcoins in Austrian schillings. There is a 0.5% fee for each trade, and the minimum trade size is 10 euros. The service is available to residents of Austria over the age of 18. The quantum ai… Read More

Ukraine: Russian large-scale strikes are ‘unacceptable escalation’, says Guterres

The strikes which have reportedly caused widespread damage to civilian areas and led to dozens of deaths and injuries, showed that “as always”, civilians were paying the highest price for Russia’s invasion of 24 February, the statement released by the UN Spokesperson added. Speaking earlier in the day in Geneva, UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi reported that Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia, Chernihiv, Odesa… Read More