United Nations

  1. UN warns coal, gas and oil producers over their fossil fuel plans

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    Video caption: The UN says some countries are dangerously out of sync with their climate change targets

    It was agreed at the Paris climate summit, in 2015, that the average temperature worldwide should not be allowed to increase by more than 1.5 celsius.

  2. Cumbria's coal mining conundrum

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    Video caption: As the government sets out its net zero strategy, we ask does Cumbria need a new mine ?

    Supporters claim it will create jobs. Opponents say it will have a devastating impact on the environment. It's a "properly difficult decision" for the planning inspector.

  3. Flash floods affect 500,000 South Sudanese - UN

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A villager evacuated from a village in South Sudan sit on a bed by the side of the road where belongs are being dried
    Image caption: People have been evacuated from their villages - taking some of their belongings with them

    About 500,000 people have been affected by flash floods in South Sudan, the UN says.

    Nearly half the counties in the country were under water, with torrential rains causing rivers to burst their banks, it added.

    President Salva Kiir said his property in his home village was submerged and that it was time for South Sudanese to work together to solve the humanitarian crisis instead of fighting.

    The UN says tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the floods; their homes, livestock and crops destroyed.

    Displaced villagers lay out wet documents to dry after evacuating with their belongings from flooded water in Juba, South Sudan, on September 28, 2021
    Image caption: People near the capital, Juba, lay out sodden documents to dry after being evacuated from their homes

    South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is trying to recover from a brutal civil war, which erupted not long after it gained independence from Sudan a decade ago.

  4. South Sudan elites to blame for Tambura conflict - UN

    Nichola Mandil


    A map showing Tambura in South Sudan

    The UN panel of experts on Human Rights in South Sudan has said that political elites are responsible for the ongoing deadly conflict in Tambura County in Western Equatoria State.

    The UN experts said nine of the 10 states in South Sudan are engulfed in violence - with recent violence between the Azande and the Balanda communities in Tambura resulting in the massacre of more than 100 civilians.

    Women and children were said to have been raped and sexually assaulted, before being killed. A least 80,000 civilians are said to be displaced. Hundreds of children became separated from their parents.

    "The South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/In Opposition (SPLA/IO) are responsible for arming the Azande and Balanda communities. South Sudan’s leaders and political elites are active participants and enablers of this violence," Yasmin Sooka, chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, told the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva.

    The SSPDF and the SPLA-IO have not commented on the UN report.

    The South African human rights lawyer said the failure to establish a joint army command structure had heightened tensions in the country.

    The Azande and the Balanda communities have been living peacefully together in the Tambura area for centuries. Intermarriage was common as a result of the religious and ethnic tolerance.

    But in July this year Alfred Futuyo Karaba, the governor of the south-western state, accused four prominent politicians residing in the capital, Juba, of fermenting the violence in Tambura - an allegation they denied.

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    Video caption: 'We are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided'

    At the United Nations General Assembly, Joe Biden pledged the US would work with any willing nation.