one out of six people above the age of 60 -- or 141 million elderly  -- have experienced abuse in the last year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which say that the number could be 320 million by 2050 if the ratio remains same. WHO says that various...
The United Nations is hosting a global conference, UNISPACE+50, that seeks to explore ways to use the space for the betterment of humanity. Starting on Monday in Vienna, it will be the first global UN space summit of the twenty-first century. Ever since man entered the space age with the launch of...
While only about three percent of world population live in a country they were not born in, global migration plays a key role in the fight against poverty, a new World Bank Report finds. The report, Moving for Prosperity: Global Migration and Labor Markets shows that millions of migrants are...
Over 2.6 million migrants were smuggled during 2016, with the smugglers generating an income of up to $7 billion through this illegal activity, said the first Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday. Refugees, desperately looking for safe destinations...
The UN General Assembly adopted, on Wedneday, a resolution that called for greater protection for Palestinians and deplored any use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians. The Arab sponsored resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 in favour and 8 against. Protests against years-long...
A detailed economic analysis by researchers says that the estimated cost of directly capturing carbon from the atmosphere to fight climate change has plunged down and is now inching closer to commercial viability. The researchers at Carbon Engineering in Calgary, who published the report in Jourle on June 7, have...
In its latest effort to bring in private finance to fund global development initiatives, the World Bank issued $47-million-equivalent Sustainable Development Bonds to raise money for initiatives to empower women, girls and adolescents. This was part of an initiative that the Bank is launching to engage private investors on the...
Anti-bacterial viruses could be a potential solution to the global problem of growing antibiotic resistance, shows a new research. Presented at the annual meeting of American Society for Nutrition, in Boston, the study shows that such viruses, called bacteriophages, reduced the level of bacteria that cause gastrointestinal problems in people,...
Twenty-two projects have been approved in 25 low-income nations under the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, which marked its first anniversary on Friday. This includes a climate early-warning system in seven Pacific island countries, and governance projects in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, and Uruguay. “The Fund’s focus on supporting people in...
By Fatima Arkin A recent controversy triggers long-standing debate over subscription vs open- access journals. Fatima Arkin reports. Scientists are getting more and more interested in open-access journals. They see the advantages: more citations of their work, and a favourable eye from publishers, especially those based in Europe, who face political...

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