United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week urged people around the world to help eliminate discrimination and violence against religious groups in an address marking the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief. "If we can't accept diversity ... there shall be no peace in the world," said UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet.
The world cannot afford to lose the valuable biodiversity and oxygen provided by Amazon rainforests, which must be protected, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this week in response to news of a record number of wildfires in Brazil this year. Environmentalists point to rapid deforestation in Brazil as the cause of the increase, while Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blames a higher frequency of droughts.
Global eradication of malaria is an achievable goal, but not one that is likely to be met in the near future, the World Health Organization says. World leaders should keep their focus on generating the funding, tools and political will to control the disease as progress against malaria has slowed in recent years, the agency says.
The Myanmar military widely employed rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls during its "clearance operations" against Rohingya Muslims, according to a report by a United Nations fact-finding mission. The report concludes that forces in Myanmar acted with genocidal intent against the Rohingya people and concludes by urging an end to their abusive practices.
Further study is needed into how microplastics spread in the environment and their effect on humans when consumed, the World Health Organization says in a new report. The minute particles of plastic do not appear to pose a health risk, and governments should focus on eradicating diseases caused by unclean drinking water, the report concludes.
Five United Nations human rights experts are calling on authorities in India to lift restrictions levied in Kashmir, warning that continued limits on communication and residents' freedom of expression will only heighten tensions in the region. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his call for officials from India and Pakistan to engage in open dialogue to resolve the situation.
African American people have a long history of generous philanthropy -- such as Oprah Winfrey and Robert Smith making two of the top three donations to establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture -- and contribute about $11 billion to US charities annually, yet their support is often underappreciated, writes Tyrone Freeman of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "Despite the toll that four centuries of slavery and discrimination have taken on black earnings, African Americans regardless of their economic status have long given generously of their money and time," he writes.
The Carbon Disclosure Project helps states, cities and companies worldwide evaluate their environmental footprint and move toward the target of using 100% renewable electricity through an initiative known as RE100. More than 180 companies have signed onto RE100, including Apple, Danone, Lego and Goldman Sachs.
MIT faculty member Seth Lloyd and MIT Media Lab Director Joichi Ito have publicly apologized for their relationships with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, which led to the school accepting about $800,000 in donations. MIT is investigating the donations and their use.
The Nonprofit Alliance in Washington, D.C., has merged with the Association of Direct Response Fundraising Counsel. ADRFCO will continue to educate state charity officials and advocate for policies that support ethical fundraising under its new relationship with the alliance.
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