Tommie Pegues

About Tommie

Tom Pegues, founder and Chief Scout, is a long-time insurance professional with a strong belief in giving back. Committed to social causes, Tom hopes he can empower GoodScout users to do good for themselves and others.

In Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel, Palestinian factions to step back from brink of a war that ‘everybody will lose’

By |July 16th, 2018|

“Yesterday we were on the brink of war. And it has taken the concerted efforts of everyone to make sure that we step back from confrontation,” UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov told a press conference in the Gaza Strip earlier on Sunday.
Telling Palestinians in Gaza that he knew the difficult conditions they lived in and how […]

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high – UN

By |July 15th, 2018|

According to the latest figures released on Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA, there were 5,122 civilian casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) in teh first six months of 2018 – a three per cent overall decrease in casualties from last year.
But civilian deaths were up by one per cent, […]

Pakistan: UN strongly condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead and wounded at election rally

By |July 14th, 2018|

In a press statement, the Security Council denounced the attack as “heinous and cowardly” and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Pakistan Government and other relevant authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators and financiers of this and other such terrorist […]

UN Forum examines three pillars of 2030 Global Goals

By |July 13th, 2018|

When endorsing the 17 ambitious Sustainable Goals which aim to end hunger and extreme poverty, Member States agreed to one essential, cross-cutting aspect: as progress would be made towards a more sustainable world, the most vulnerable would not be excluded.
This means that the specific needs of vulnerable countries – including lowest-income States, landlocked and small […]

Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council

By |July 13th, 2018|

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday elected Iceland to serve on the Geneva-based global rights body effective immediately, through to the end of next year.
Iceland inherits no particular responsibilities from the US, raising questions about future action on key human rights issues promoted specifically by Washington, such as Sudan, South Sudan and the right […]

Fresh airstrikes kill dozens in conflict-ravaged Syria

By |July 13th, 2018|

“Our humanitarian colleagues were alarmed by the impact of reported hostilities on civilians in several areas of Syria,” UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.
As some 234,500 remain displaced across Syria’s south-west where fighting has intensified for weeks now, one attack hit an IDP site between Bagouz and Susah […]

Security Council downsizes AU-UN mission in Darfur, eying eventual exit

By |July 13th, 2018|

The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur “must change” in accordance with the shifting realities on the ground, the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said on Monday, highlighting the need to “closely link” the mission’s drawdown to the scaling up of both peacekeeping and development activities.
Source: UN

‘Historic moment’ for people on the move, as UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration

By |July 13th, 2018|

After more than a year of discussions and consultations among Member States, local officials, civil society and migrants themselves, the text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was finalized on Friday.
In a statement, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the agreement, calling it “a significant achievement.” He said it reflected “the shared understanding […]

Safe and orderly migration is ‘in everybody’s interest’, says senior UN official

By |July 12th, 2018|

Speaking to UN News during the final round of negotiations on a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, Louise Arbour said that migration should not be seen in terms of good or bad, but as “a phenomenon that’s been part of human history”, with immense benefits if well handled.
As the Special Representative of […]

Consuming and producing sustainably, a ‘cornerstone’ for reaching 2030 Global Goals, UN Forum stresses

By |July 12th, 2018|

That was one focus on the fourth day of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), currently taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, when delegates debated the best way to make SDG 12 a reality, highlighting what countries consume and produce.
Production and consumption activities lie at the core of our societies and our global […]