United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in his annual UN report that multilateralism is "the only path to address global challenges." Guterres urges global unity and partnerships to address issues such as poverty and conflict.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo makes the Ebola outbreak in the region more dangerous. An experimental vaccine is being tested in the country.
The economic crisis in Venezuela has caused food shortages that have driven about 2.3 million Venezuelans to flee to neighboring countries, says United Nations representative Stephane Dujarric. Medical supplies are also running low, putting more than 100,000 HIV/AIDS patients at risk and increasing cases of measles, malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria, Dujarric warns.
The percentage of Iraqi girls married as minors was higher in 2016 than 19 years prior, and child advocates are concerned an unstable government could exacerbate the trend. "It's important to underscore the impact of conflict on the incidence of early marriage," says Ivana Chapcakova of UNICEF in Iraq.
Keeping soil safe from erosion and pollution is a critical part of dealing with climate change and global hunger, says Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. "Let us make soils a vehicle of prosperity and peace, and show the contribution of soils to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals," he says.
Up to 30,000 Islamic State militants remain in Syria and Iraq, which includes some foreign-born fighters, according to a report by United Nations sanctions monitors. The report also warns of active extremist groups in South Asia and parts of Africa.
At primaries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont, the Democratic Party chose many firsts for its candidates, including a transgender woman for Vermont governor and a black woman for Connecticut's open seat in Congress. The Republican Party made gains at the polls by voting for candidates who could flip vulnerable congressional seats in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Current economic confidence could encourage corporations to increase capital expenditures, helping the US economy retain momentum for the next few years, writes Sun Life Financial Chief Investment Officer Randy Brown. "We seem to be nearing a capex inflection point that could fortify the current expansion for a few more years," he writes.
Fourteen-year-old Ethan Sonneborn was on ballot as one of four candidates seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for governor of Vermont due to the state's constitution requires a candidate -- no age limit -- to have lived in Vermont for four years. While the teen ultimately lost to former energy executive Christine Hallquist, the first transgender woman to win a major party's nomination for governor, Sonneborn still earned 8.2% of the vote.
Fundraisers that involve extreme actions, such as climbing Mount Everest or running across the Serengeti, are proving to be more effective at raising donations than traditional events. "People are looking for experiences that are more unique, so charities are being challenged to come up with something that will capture people's attention," says David Hessekiel, president of the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum.
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