People who live in poverty or face discrimination based on their gender, age, religion or ethnicity are less likely to have access to clean water and sanitation and also often pay significantly more for it than wealthier, more advantaged populations, according to a UNESCO report. "Safe water and safe sanitation are human rights," says UNESCO Germany board member Ulla Burchardt.
Reports of sexual misconduct by United Nations staff members increased by more than 100 in 2018 -- a trend that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attributes to improved oversight and a better reporting system. "The numbers show that the UN's victim-centred approach, implemented over a year ago, is paying off as there seems to be an increased trust among the victims and survivors to come forward and report incidents," the UN says.
Disasters caused by climate change increasingly threaten global agriculture, and changes are necessary if the United Nations is to meet its goal of eliminating world hunger by 2030. Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has proposed using developments in communications technology and artificial intelligence to help the agricultural sector respond to climate change more effectively.
The United Nations is in talks with representatives of both sides in the Yemen conflict and will unveil a new strategy for troop withdrawal from the port city of Hodeidah after those talks, says Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy for Yemen. The UN announced a plan for troop withdrawal from the city last month, but the strategy has so far not been implemented.
Reunity Resources is resuming farming and produce distribution at the Agua Fria farm in New Mexico, a 12-acre property that was overseen by the Santa Fe Community Farm until its founder died in 2017. The new owner says it will sell the produce at a farm stand and at a farmers market, create a community hub and use a closed-loop recycling system.
The households of single women and couples are more likely to give to charity than single men -- regardless of their race, according to the Women's Philanthropy Institute. "[T]he act of giving their time, talent and treasure is consistent for women across race and ethnicity," says the organization's Debra Mesch.
The National Portrait Gallery in London has cut philanthropic ties with Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, following moves made by Columbia University, Tufts University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the US to distance themselves. The gallery has turned down a $1.3 million gift, noting the family's association with OxyContin and the opioid crisis.
Students at the Gilboa-Conesville Central School in Gilboa, N.Y., along with thousands of other students nationwide, are participating in Kick Butts Day, an effort to curb youth smoking sponsored by national nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Students participating in the initiative pledged not to use tobacco and signed a petition seeking laws that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson formed the Why Not You Foundation in 2014 to create "real and lasting change in the world by motivating, empowering and preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders." Executive Director Carly Young says the nonprofit accomplishes that by providing a scholarship program, giving local grants and by supporting libraries and other community infrastructure.
Construction of a training support facility in Alabama, a vehicle maintenance shop in Kentucky and an unmanned aerial vehicle hangar in South Korea are among the projects that could see their funding shifted to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall, according to the Defense Department. The price tag on the full list of projects comes to almost $6.8 billion.