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  • WASHINGTON, April 11- The leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations on Friday called upon finance ministers to use fiscal policies, such as carbon taxes, to combat climate change. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim were joined by U.N.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not U.S. rules.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not U.S. rules. Siluanov would not say whether a deal had been sealed with Iran.

  • LONDON, April 9- The World Health Organisation wants a "concerted effort" to drive down the cost of new hepatitis C drugs that offer a cure for the liver-destroying virus but are unaffordable for most infected people worldwide.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- The United States on Friday dismissed suggestions that Iran was exporting much more oil than it is allowed to sell under a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers and predicted that aggregate Iranian oil sales would meet targets set for Tehran.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- The United States on Friday dismissed suggestions that Iran was exporting much more oil than it is allowed to sell under a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers and predicted that aggregate Iranian oil sales would meet targets set for Tehran.

  • LONDON, March 25- Air pollution killed about 7 million people in 2012, making it the world's single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 24- Ukraine has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. General Assembly that would declare invalid Crimea's recent referendum calling for annexation to Russia, a document that echoes a text Moscow vetoed earlier this month in the Security Council. Unlike the General Assembly, Security Council decisions are legally binding.

  • *Energy firms urged to do more to limit water use. *Water under strain from rising population, climate change. OSLO, March 21- Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday.

  • LONDON, March 5- Adults should eat less than the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

  • WHO cuts sugar intake advice to 5 percent of daily energy Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    LONDON, March 5- Sugar should account for less than 5.0 percent of what people eat each day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to excessively sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Feb 18- A panel overseeing the United Nations' carbon market has elected a scientist from the Caribbean as its new chair with a German climate policy expert as deputy, the U.N.' s climate change secretariat said.

  • U.S. lays out vision for 2015 climate pact to UN Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 8:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The United States on Wednesday submitted to the United Nations its vision for a new international climate agreement that is "built to last," outlining what it thinks should be the main elements of a climate deal to be agreed upon in Paris in 2015..

  • UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy for cities and climate change, in a bid to build momentum ahead of a planned U.N. conference in September. Ban is seeking to re-energize the global climate change debate and boost the United Nations' role.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy for cities and climate change, in a bid to build momentum ahead of a planned U.N. conference in September.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been tapped to be U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- Institutional investors managing trillions of dollars should shift their portfolios away from fossil fuel investments toward cleaner energy sources to put a stop to the dangerous rise in global temperatures causing climate change, the United Nations' climate chief said on Wednesday.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 24- The U.N. Security Council approved plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan as soon as possible to protect civilians from worsening violence that has pushed the world's newest state to the verge of civil war.

  • WARSAW, Nov 20- Rich and poor were deadlocked on Wednesday over how to raise aid to help developing countries cope with the damaging effects of global warming, in a setback at United Nations climate talks in Warsaw seeking progress towards a 2015 accord.

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