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WTTC partners with Gov't for UNWTO conference in MoBay.

THE world's leading travel and tourism stakeholders, World Travel and Tourism Council , is to collaborate with the Jamaican Government in the staging of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's /World Bank Group Conference in Montego Bay in November.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Elon Musk and AI experts urge U.N. to ban artificial intelligence in weapons.

Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk has joined dozens of CEOs of artificial intelligence companies in signing an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the use of AI in weapons before the technology gets out of hand. The letter was published Monday — the same day the U.N.'s Group of...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Elon Musk, AI Experts From Around The World Call For Ban On Killer Robots.

While there are many benefits to artificial intelligence and robots that can do just about anything humans can do, technology leaders from around the globe are urging the United Nations to ban lethal autonomous weapon systems, which threaten to become the third revolution in warfare.' The UN will start formal discussions on ...

- The Consumerist - US

Rise of the machines: Elon Musk calls for ban on killer robots before 'weapons of terror' are unleashed.

Musk has joined more than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence experts to call for a United Nations ban on one of the deadliest forms of such machines: autonomous weapons

- National Post - CA

North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted - UN report.

Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons programme were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.

- BDNews24 - BD

China begins trial of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong.

BEIJING - Chinese authorities on Tuesday began the trial of a prominent rights lawyer on charges of subverting state power in a case that drew the attention of the United Nations.

- Reuters - US

'No sign of positive evolution' in Burundi, says head of independent UN rights probe.

Ahead of next month's presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council, an independent panel today said that the human rights situation in Burundi has not improved.

- UN - INT

UN Assembly President rings Nasdaq bell; sounds alarm on behalf of world's endangered ocean.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world's ocean health is in distress.

- UN - INT

UN labour agency launches global panel to address rapid transformations in the world of work.

The United Nations labour agency has launched a high-level international body that will chart the course towards a future of decent and sustainable work opportunities for all, and to tackle the challenges of delivering social justice in today's rapidly transforming world of work.

- UN - INT

Following El Salvador visit, UN expert urges authorities to do more for people fleeing gang violence.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: El Salvador The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of displaced people, Cecilia Jiménez-Damary, described the situation in the Central American nation as a "hidden tragedy."SAN SALVADOR / GENEVA – El Salvador must do more to help families forced to flee their homes by ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Serbia withdraws embassy staff from Macedonia.

All Serbian diplomats recalled from Skopje amid reports of Macedonia supporting Kosovo's bid to join UNESCO.

- Al Jazeera - QA

North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted: U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS - Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.

- Reuters - US

India may hold talks with US, Japan

With tension between India and China escalating, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may hold a meeting with her American and Japanese counterparts in New York next month. New Delhi is planning to schedule a trilateral meeting between Swaraj, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

South Sudan grounds U.N. planes in airport row

South Sudan has grounded planes belonging to United Nations peacekeepers in a dispute over control of the airport in the capital Juba, a government spokesman said Monday.

- The Daily Star - LB

AI leaders again seek limits on killer robots

No LAWS for us, please Leading roboticists and computer science researchers have again asked the United Nations to save us all from lethal autonomous weapons systems .…

- TheRegister - UK

Elon Musk Leads the Call for UN to Ban Killer Robots

Tesla's Elon Musk and Google-parent Alphabet's Mustafa Suleyman join a total of 116 names from the cutting edge of modern technology to ask the United Nations for a worldwide ban on autonomous warfare.

- Breitbart - US

The World Food Programme taps into mobile to tackle world hunger

BI Intelligence This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. The United Nations World Food Programme is tapping into social and mobile technology to tackle world hunger in a new way — launching a camera and photo-sharing feature ...

- Business Insider - US

UN health agency rushes to prevent malaria, cholera outbreaks in flood-hit Sierra Leone

The United Nations health agency is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week's mudslides and flooding in the country's capital, Freetown.

- UN - INT

'Kosovo is reason for withdrawal of Serbian embassy staff'

The Macedonian government has drafted a proposal to support Pristina's new bid to join UNESCO, Sputnik is reporting on Monday. That is "one of the reasons" why the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to withdraw the staff of the country's embassy in Skopje for urgent consultations, the agency said.

- B92 - SK

In May, Zaev was 'neutral' on Kosovo's UNESCO bid

The Macedonian government says it will take into account the position of "the majority of EU countries" when it comes to voting on Pristina's UNESCO bid. Beta is reporting this, citing Macedonia's TV Telma.

- B92 - SK

Serbia 'could change its mind on Macedonia's name' - FM

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Monday that his country "could change its position regarding the name of Macedonia." Dacic said this after Skopje's announcements that it would "change its position on being neutral" during a future vote on Kosovo's membership in UNESCO, Tanjug reported.

- B92 - SK

Soil science has a vital message for food security

ACCORDING to the United Nations, sometime around 2050, the planet’s human population will be close to 10 billion, a threshold that will stress many of the world’s most important systems, especially agriculture. How will farmers — including poor growers in developing countries — increase crop ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

215 animals die at Kaziranga National Park in floods

With 70 per cent of its area still submerged, 215 animals including 13 rhinos and a Royal Bengal Tiger have so far lost their lives at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, a senior forest official said today.Due to the flooding, the animals in the UNESCO World Heritage Site are facing food shortage within the Park, ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Following El Salvador visit, UN right expert urges authorities to protect people from gangs

El Salvador is suffering a 'hidden tragedy' due to gang-related violence, an independent United Nations human rights expert today said, urging national authorities to intensify efforts to help and protect people affected by gangs.

- UN - INT

Thousands flee as Iraqi forces advance on ISIL-held Tal Afar - UN

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has warned against the consequences of displacement as thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Tal Afar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation to retake these areas from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group.

- UN - INT

Tech experts urge the U.N. to ban killer robots: 'We do not have long to act'

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and Google artificial intelligence developer Mustafa Suleyman head a list of 116 tech experts who implored the United Nations to preemptively ban lethal autonomous weapons — in layman's terms, killer robots — before it's too late. "Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit ...

- The Week - US

Serbia recalls embassy staff from Macedonia

OBRENOVAC, Serbia - Serbia recalled its embassy staff from Macedonia on Monday in protest at "offensive actions" which coincided with reports that Skopje was joining diplomatic efforts to secure Kosovo membership of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO.

- Reuters - US

AI experts, Elon Musk want UN ban on military weapons

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is among several major tech industry figures and researchers who've signed an open letter urging the United Nations to regulate the use of military weapons powered by artificial intelligence. In the letter from the Future of Life Institute — which Musk is a backer of — the 116 si...

- The Raw Story - US

The Latest: UN says thousands will flee Tal Afar operation

BAGHDAD " The Latest on developments in Iraq :3:20 p.m.The United Nations is warning that thousands of civilians are expected to flee Islamic State-held Tal Afar and surrounding areas where Iraqi security...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

South Sudan grounds U.N. planes in airport row

South Sudan has grounded planes belonging to United Nations peacekeepers in a dispute over control of the airport in the capital Juba, a government spokesman said on Monday

- The Daily Star - LB

The North Korean export industry that's making the most of China's coal ban

Clothing overtook coal to become the main North Korean export to China in second quarter after the United Nations Security Council slapped sanctions on Pyongyang, China Customs data shows. Of the US$385.2 million of goods China imported from North Korea in the quarter, 38 per cent, or US$147.5 million, consisted of ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Elon Musk's latest dire warning about killer robots is directed at the UN

Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk and Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founder of Google's DeepMind Artificial Intelligence arm, are among a group of experts who have warned the United Nations it must take action to prevent the development of killer robots.  The letter, signed by 116 experts in the field of AI, said so-called lethal ...

- City AM - UK

Elon Musk among 116 AI types calling on UN to nobble robo-weapons before they go all Skynet

Open letter to UN warns of 'weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways' 116 artificial intelligence and robotics experts have put their name to an Open Letter calling for the United Nations to work for a ban on autonomous weapons.…

- TheRegister - UK

Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons

More than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence leaders including billionaire Elon Musk are urging the United Nations to take action against the dangers of autonomous weapons, known as "killer robots."

- PhysOrg - NL

Elon Musk leads call to ban killer robots

Elon Musk and a leading Sydney robotics expert have co-ordinated the release of an open letter to the United Nations signed by 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies, urging the UN to ban the use of lethal...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

South Sudanese president warns over deployment of regional forces

August 20, 2017 - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Sunday warned that his government could reconsider its decision on the deployment of regional protection forces mandated by the United Nations Security Council. “They have come and the way they have started is already becoming a matter of concern. They want to ...

- SudanTribune.com - FR

Army medics from Gosport join UN mission in South Sudan

August 20, 2017 - 50 soldiers and medics from 33 Field Hospital in Gosport made their final preparations to deploy in war-ravaged South Sudan. The unit, according to The News website, will form the main body of troops who join their colleagues as part of the Field Hospital advanced party. 33 Field Hospital is reportedly ...

- SudanTribune.com - FR

Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons

Artificial intelligence leaders are urging the United Nations to take action against the dangers of autonomous weapons The post Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Keeping the Paris work program on track: Challenges and opportunities

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change signed in Rio in 1992 was a milestone achievement in confronting climate change. It opened a new era of global climate governance, led by developed nations and characterized by multilateral collaboration. The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 saw a truly global ...

- Brookings - US

S. Sudan president warns over deployment of regional forces

August 20, 2017 - South Sudan president Salva Kiir on Sunday warned that his government could reconsider its decision on the deployment of regional protection forces mandated by the United Nations Security Council. “They have come and the way they have started is already becoming a matter of concern. They want to ...

- SudanTribune.com - FR

Tesla's Musk, Other Robotics Experts Urge UN to Ban Killer Robots

Tesla's Elon Musk and Google Deepmind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, along with 116 other robotics and artificial intelligence experts, are calling on the United Nations to take action against "killer robots," the Guardian reported Sunday.

- Newsmax - US

Afghanistan massacre may account to war crime: UN

A United Nations investigation published Sunday confirmed that Taliban and self-proclaimed Islamic State insurgents jointly massacred dozens of people in Afghanistan earlier this month in an attack that "may amount to a war crime".

- The Daily Star - LB

Joint Taliban, Islamic State massacre that killed 27 Afghan civilians may amount to war crime, says UN

A United Nations investigation published on Sunday confirmed that Taliban and self-proclaimed Islamic State insurgents jointly massacred dozens of people in Afghanistan. The post Joint Taliban, Islamic State massacre that killed 27 Afghan civilians may amount to war crime, says UN appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

UN Probe Concludes Taliban, Islamic State Jointly Killed 36 Afghans

A preliminary United Nations probe has concluded Taliban insurgents and local “self proclaimed" Islamic State militants jointly killed at least 36 people in a northern Afghan village earlier this month. The massacre occurred between August 3 and 5 shortly after insurgents overran the mainly Shi’ite Muslim village ...

- Voice of America - US

Thousands of South Sudanese find refuge in Cathedral

Wau, South Sudan, Aug 20, 2017 / 03:02 am .- As the civil war in South Sudan heightens, millions are fleeing their homes for safer ground, which many have found at St. Mary Help of Christian's Cathedral in Wau, the country's second largest city. “Those who flee believe that even rebels still fear God and would not ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Joint Taliban, Islamic State raid killed disarmed Afghan fighters, civilians: U.N.

KABUL - A combined force of Taliban and "self-proclaimed" Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to war crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town this month, the United Nations said on Sunday.

- Reuters - US

Attacks on aid workers increasing in South Sudan, UN says

RENK, South Sudan " The United Nations says attacks against aid workers are increasing in South Sudan.A statement by the humanitarian coordinator there, Serge Tissot, says the attacks also put millions of South Sudanese in...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Kenyan Girls Use Technology to Combat Female Genital Mutilation

At least 200 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries. And according to UNICEF, 44 million are girls 14 years old and younger. One group of Kenyan teens is standing up to this archaic so called “right of passage” and offering would be victims a possibly life saving ...

- Voice of America - US

'Civilians are Not a Target,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them.

- UN - INT

'UN stands in solidarity with Finland in its fight against terrorism,' says Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today condemned the terrorist attack in south-western Finland which killed at least two people.

- UN - INT

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