A new HIV epidemic among teenagers in the Asia-Pacific region is attributed to the growing use of mobile dating apps by young gay men, according to a report from the UN. Researchers found that the official number of adolescents ages 10 to 19 with HIV increased to more than 220,000 in 2014, fewer than half of whom are receiving treatment.
A record 41.8 million tons of electronic waste were produced worldwide in 2014, says a United Nations University report. Most of that was not recycled properly. The U.S. and China were the leading producers of e-waste.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is calling on Israel to improve the economic conditions of the Palestinian people. UNCTAD's report says, "Palestinian poverty in Jerusalem has risen steadily over the last decade," and 82% of Palestinian children residing in East Jerusalem are impoverished.
Gender equality at home, at work and in public is essential for the cities, according to a United Nations HABITAT report. "[R]emoval of the barriers to women's participation in the dynamics of urban dwelling will lead to economic growth," writes Bernadine Racoma.
Over the next 40 years, urban populations are forecast to explode in India, China, Nigeria, Indonesia and the U.S., according to the United Nations. "Cities are where the pressures of migration, globalization, economic development, social inequality, environmental pollution and climate change are most directly felt," per a UN statement, which urged negotiators to hammer out plans for more sustainable cities at the upcoming Rio+20 summit.