Members of a United Nations investigation into human rights abuses committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar will present their findings to the UN Security Council before October ends. The panel has called for a number of Myanmar officials to be tried for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Close to one billion people have escaped poverty over the last 25 years, but at least 700 million are still unable to obtain basic necessities, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. "Let us remember that ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice," he said.
The World Health Organization plans to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss whether the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo constitutes an international public health emergency. Ongoing conflict in the region has hampered efforts to contain the virus, and some aid organizations have withdrawn staff from the area over safety concerns.
The global community must act to protect and support women and girls living in rural areas, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as he marked the International Day of Rural Women. Guterres noted such women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty, inequality, exclusion and climate change.
The United Nations Environment Programme advised African governments to pass laws regulating the recycling of electronic waste, including restrictions on foreign imports. "Prudent policies that promote recycling of e-waste could help the region tackle its growing e-waste problem," says the UNEP's Abdouraman Bary.
Representatives of the United Nations Command met with leaders from North and South Korea this week to discuss the demilitarization of the border region between the two countries. The attendees discussed of progress in the removal of landmines and plans to remove surveillance equipment from the border zone.
Several nonprofit efforts, including the Time's Up legal assistance fund, have begun in the year since the #MeToo movement started by Tarana Burke went viral due to a tweet posted by actress Alyssa Milano. Burke discusses how she has evolved during the year and new initiatives, such as a site to provide resources and accumulate stories, noting, "One of the things I want to do at some point soon is to call for a healing."
Extreme poverty worldwide has dropped from 26% of the population to 9%, yet is largely concentrated in Africa, due to poor governance and restricted access to nutrition, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates explores other ideas on philanthropy during this interview, such as the need to develop "clean meat" and to eradicate malaria and other diseases.
An affinity credit card partnership between the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity and the Bank of America has generated $8 million for the organization since 2009 and provided benefits such as indirect marketing, says Senior Vice President Christina Alford. "I don't know of a better way for people to engage without really thinking about it," she says.
The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation pledged $200 million toward the construction of new parks and trails in Detroit and Buffalo, N.Y., with each area expected to receive $100 million. "We are proud and honored to celebrate Ralph's birthday today with a lasting gift that matches in scale the passion and pride he had for his hometown of Detroit and 'adopted' hometown of Buffalo," said Mary Wilson, widow of the former owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills.