The White House has released the transcript from the first call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump congratulated Zelenskiy on his election win in the April 21 call, and invited Zelenskiy to visit the White House.
Judges at the International Criminal Court have approved an in-depth probe of reports that Myanmar military forces committed crimes against humanity and forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. The court has granted prosecutors permission to investigate allegations of deportation and religious or ethnic persecution, but will not probe accusations of genocide levied against Myanmar.
Researchers from the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization are preparing to test a process to sterilize male mosquitoes in an effort to control the transmission of diseases spread by the insects. Locations of the trials will be announced next year.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will send Jean Arnault, the former UN special envoy to Colombia, to Bolivia in an effort to help the country find a "peaceful resolution" to its current political crisis. Former Bolivian President Evo Morales says he was forced from his office and the country by a coup d'etat and is asking the UN for mediation.
Representatives from 10 United Nations member countries including the US, Brazil and Egypt this week voiced criticism of the International Conference on Population and Development for using the term "sexual and reproductive health and rights," warning the phrase could be used to encourage abortion. The UN Population Fund reports that more than 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
A significant portion of land-based pollution found in the world's oceans comes from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, and Southeast Asian countries must step up efforts to limit plastic waste, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme. "If we want to solve the marine litter problem globally, we have to solve it in this region," says Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, UNEP Regional Coordinator for Chemicals and Waste.
Terror groups in Africa's Sahel region are gaining ground, stoking ethnic violence and instability, the effect of which is largely borne by civilians, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns. A UN report published this week highlights training and equipment shortages among the G5 military task force working in the region.
Today is National Philanthropy Day, making now the perfect time to celebrate one of the nation's most vital sectors and the invaluable contributions of nonprofits and philanthropists to public health and society, writes consultant Jim Eskin. "As champions of good causes, they enjoy finding ways to give more time and more money to better the lives of others," he writes.
GiveMN's annual giving day, Give to the Max Day, generated a record of almost $22 million for 5,000 nonprofits and schools in Minnesota on Thursday, compared to $14.5 million in its inaugural year of 2009. The organization worked with Mightycause to ensure there weren't any technical issues and reported one transaction every second on its website during the day.
Facebook is giving nonprofits a holiday boost with new donation tools, including stickers on Stories. The tech giant says $2 billion has been raised since it rolled out charitable giving tools in 2015 and plans to match up to $7 million in donations to nonprofits on Giving Tuesday.
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