UN Warns Thousands Trafficked into Online Crime in SE Asia

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Hundreds of thousands of people are being coerced in Southeast Asia by criminal gangs into carrying out online scams, often under the threat of torture, the United Nations said Tuesday. Many have been trafficked into working in online criminality and face serious violations such ...

UN talks aim to harness AI power, potential

The United Nations is convening this week a global gathering to try to map out the frontiers of artificial intelligence and to harness its potential for empowering humanity. The UN hopes to lay out a clear blueprint on the way forward for handling AI, as development ...

The Daily Star

Number of IDPs in Myanmar Has Surged Above 1.8 Million

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) surpassed 1.8 million in war-ravaged Myanmar on June 12, 2023, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Prior to the February 2021 military coup, the estimated number of internally displaced people was 328,000. They were in ...

THE IRRAWADDY

Cambodia Seeks UNESCO World Heritage Status to Protect a Mekong Biodiversity Hotspot

A bold Cambodian plan to secure World Heritage status along their stretch of the Mekong, where the free-flowing river has sustained some of the world’s greatest biodiversity, could provide much-needed respite to a river in danger of dying from dams and over-exploitation, experts say. In Phnom Penh, the Environment ...

Tom Fawthrop

UN urges Southeast Asia governments to rescue stranded Rohingya

The United Nations Refugee Agency has urged countries in Southeast Asia to rescue some 200 Rohingya refugees whose unseaworthy boat has been reported drifting in the Andaman Sea. The UNCHR said in a statement on Thursday that it had received reports that the Rohingya had been ...

AL JAZEERA

UN Ocean Conference ends with call for greater ambition and global commitment to address dire state of the Ocean

Following a week of discussions and events in Lisbon, Portugal, the UN Ocean Conference concluded on July 1, with governments and heads of state agreeing on a new political declaration to “Save Our Ocean”. Recognizing the past “collective failure” in the Conference’s final declaration, world leaders ...

Khmer Times

World faces largest cost-of-living crisis in a generation: UN report

The world is facing a cost-of-living crisis unseen in at least a generation, partly due to the Ukraine conflict, said a UN report on Wednesday. “The largest cost-of-living crisis of the 21st century has come when people and countries have a limited capacity to cope,” said ...

Bernama

UN seeks Thailand’s help to halt Myanmar crisis deterioration

A United Nations envoy has called for Thailand’s support to prevent an escalation of the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar and welcomed assurances that refugees fleeing Myanmar military operations would be protected by the Thai government. Noeleen Heyzer, the UN secretary-general’s special envoy on Myanmar, made the ...

AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

U.N. says about half of Myanmar's people could sink into poverty in 2022

Urban poverty is on course to triple in Myanmar, pushing nearly half the population below the poverty line next year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the twin impact of the pandemic and a military coup threaten progress made in the past decade. The army ...

Reuters

Online workshop on physical inspection of timber shipments in the Lower Mekong Region hosted by the CITES Secretariat

The Lower Mekong Region is home to around 100 CITES-listed tree species. These include CITES Appendix-II timber-producing species of rosewoods (genus Dalbergia), yew trees (genus Taxus spp.), and agarwood (genus Aquilaria), some of which are highly valuable for international trade. This has made some of these species a target ...

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