Articles tagged “united nations”

United Nations Warns That 17 Arabic World Heritage Sites Are Endangered

United Nations Warns That 17 Arabic World Heritage Sites Are Endangered

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

Over the centuries, conquistadors, clerical authorities, and others have damaged architectural legacies that are now iconic. It's happening again in the Middle East. The world should clamp down on the smuggling of antiquities and record digital imagery of historic architecture.

2 years ago

Laptop Ban Disparity Has UN Agency Seeking Global Guidelines

Laptop Ban Disparity Has UN Agency Seeking Global Guidelines

Allison Lampert and Tim Hepher, Reuters

The disparity among how countries restricting electronics has baffled some experts. As the U.S. considers an expansion of the security measure, we hope an agency like the U.N. coordinates a global approach that's evidence-based.

2 years ago

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

Jamey Keaten and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

The removal of the emergency declaration shouldn't prompt travelers — or governments — to stop taking Zika seriously. The virus remains a "significant and enduring public health challenge," officials say.

3 years ago

Airlines Got a lot of What They Wanted in UN Climate Deal

Airlines Got a lot of What They Wanted in UN Climate Deal

Joe Ryan, Bloomberg

The world won't be able to breathe much easier with this UN climate deal covering aviation -- international only, not domestic flights. Enabling airlines to buy credits or carbon offsets instead of taking bold steps to reduce emissions isn't enough given the global warming crisis. The best that can be said about the deal is that at least the UN hammered out something and that the deal is better than nothing.

3 years ago

Airline Climate Deal to Offset Emissions Finally Poised for UN Approval

Airline Climate Deal to Offset Emissions Finally Poised for UN Approval

Joe Ryan, Bloomberg

We don't know how much the proposed UN deal on airline emissions would actually improve the environment but it is great that so many countries are sitting in a room in Montreal trying to work things out. We do know that the deal would be a landmark one for several reasons: It is the first climate deal to tackle a single sector -- aviation -- and it closes a loophole in the broader Paris climate accord, which didn't target emissions from international flights.

3 years ago

UN Aviation Group Approves Carbon Emissions But Europe May Still Reject It

Reuters

The ICAO's approval is a much-needed first step, but there is a long way to go before a global carbon emissions plan becomes reality.

6 years ago

London’s plan to promote tourism with red double-decker bus in NYC shut down

London’s plan to promote tourism with red double-decker bus in NYC shut down

Reuters

London's red bus in NYC would certainly drum up attention for UK tourism, but there’s smarter ways to promote travel than putting 15 countries' leaders at risk.

6 years ago

U.S. condemns United Nations’ $769 million bill for business class airfares

The U.S. is hypocritical to point out the flaws of the international body with its own history of lavishly spending employees, a problem that the sequester has taken care of in recent weeks.

6 years ago

WTF UN: Mugabe is new UNWTO envoy for tourism

Irony doesn't really capture the richness of the new role of a man who's currently under an international travel ban being nominated and accepted as a leader for tourism by the United Nations.

7 years ago