Anti-torture committee highlights spiralling violence in UK prisons

20 April 2017

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published its latest report on the United Kingdom, following a visit to several places of detention in the country last spring.

The report expresses deep concern about "severe generalised violence" in a number of UK prisons and says that none of the prisons visited by the CPT delegation could be considered safe for prisoners or staff.

It says that chronic overcrowding in the UK prison system has a negative effect on many aspects of prison life, with a considerable number of prisoners spending up to 22 hours per day — and sometimes more — locked in their cells.

Inadequate safeguards to protect patients in mental health settings are also highlighted in the report, which makes a number of recommendations to the UK authorities.

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Leveraging ICTs critical to achieve Global Goals, UN highlights in new report

Leveraging ICTs critical to achieve Global Goals, UN highlights in new report

14 July 2017

Underscoring the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in today’s world, the heads of over 20 United Nations agencies and offices have called for leveraging those technologies to "fast forward" implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons

UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons

10 July 2017

Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York on 7 July adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.

UN agency launches video "forecasts" on impact of climate change

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In a year already marked by heatwaves and new daily temperature records, the United Nations weather agency and television weather anchors have joined forces to create video forecasts that explore how climate change would make future summers even hotter in major cities of the world.

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