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‘Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape’ – UN Initiative to Build Climate Resilience of Most Vulnerable Countries

Human Wrongs Watch 

30 November 2015 – On the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), dozens of announcements were made in Paris by Governments and leaders of the public and private sectors, all aiming to generate climate solutions and build a sustainable future.


In Pasig, Philippines, a city worker cleans the Manggahan Floodway, built to reduce flooding along the Pasig River during the rainy season. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez | Source: UN News Centre

A new initiative to build climate resilience in the world’s most vulnerable countries was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 13 agencies of the UN system.


‘Oxygen for Jihadists’: ISIS-smuggled Oil Flows Through Turkey to Intl Markets – Iraqi MP

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30 November 2015 (RT)*– Terrorist group Islamic State earns millions of dollars selling oil on the black market in Turkey, Iraqi MP and former national security adviser, Mowaffak al Rubaie told RT. He also revealed that wounded terrorists are being treated in Turkish hospitals.

Source: RT

“In the last eight months ISIS has managed to sell … $800 million dollars worth of oil on the black market of Turkey. This is Iraqi oil and Syrian oil, carried by trucks from Iraq, from Syria through the borders to Turkey and sold …[at] less than 50 percent of the international oil price,” Mowaffak al Rubaie said in an interview with RT.


In 3 Steps, Here Is What Paris Can Do – and What We Need to Do Afterwards

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By Daniel Mittler*

28 November 2015 (Greenpeace) – The last few weeks have seen the best and the worst in terms of climate change. 


Credit: Vincent Go/Greenpeace

Victories which pundits told us for years were “impossible” have been coming at a breathtaking pace. Coal demand is in terminal decline worldwide, after a dramatic – if not completechange of course in China.


Paris, India, and Coal

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

30 November 2015

The MIT Technology Review recently published an important article entitled “India’s Energy Crisis”. The article makes alarming reading in view of the world’s urgent need to make a very rapid transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.


**Fossil Fuel’s last stand | Credit: Michael Loewa/Greenpeace

We must make this change quickly in order to avoid a tipping point beyond which catastrophic climate change will be unavoidable.


Adolescent Deaths from AIDS Tripled Since 2000

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The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years with 26 new infections occurring every hour, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 27 November 2015 announced and warned that “it is critical that young people who are HIV-positive have access to treatment, care and support.”



Malawi teen, Martha, was born with HIV. Now a mother herself, she has defied the odds and her son, Rahim Idriss, is part of Malawis AIDS-free generation. In this picture, she awaits the results of Rahmins HIV test. After two months of waiting, she finds out the Rahmin, now 8-months old, is HIV negative. Photo: UNICEF/HIVA201500101/Schermbrucker

“At the same time, those who are HIV-negative must have access to the knowledge and means to help them to stay that way,” said Craig McClure, head of UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS programmes, at a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, where new data was released by UNICEF.


Child Brides in Africa Could More than Double to 310 Million by 2050 – UNICEF

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26 November 2015 – Nearly half of the world’s child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent’s rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for sharper focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalized girls with quality education and a host of other protective services.


Nafissa, of Niger is 17. This photo was taken on 18 November 2015. She was married when she was 16. She has been married for 10 months, becoming pregnant 3 months after marrying. Nafissa’s baby was still born 15 days ago. Photo: UNICEF/UNI202947/van der Velden

A UNICEF report released on 25 November at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, shows that the total number of child brides in Africa will more than double, rising from 125 million to 310 million over the next 35 years, largely because of slow rates of reduction, combined with rapid population growth.


UN Specialized Bodies Tell the Bad News Ahead of Climate Talks in Paris

Human Wrongs Watch

In the weeks leading up to the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), which begins in Paris on Monday 30 November 2015 and aims to reach a new universal climate agreement, many of the UN agencies and programmes announced their latest climate-related findings, bringing to light new data, major concerns, and underlining existing and potential opportunities to preserve the planet.


A parched field in Kenya where drought has been especially devastating to sub-Saharan agriculture. Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached yet another new record high in 2014, continuing a “relentless rise” which is fueling climate change and will make the planet more dangerous and inhospitable for future generations.

Military Security and Human Security

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By Roberto Savio*

27 November 2015

This week’s downing of a Russian jet by Turkey near the Syrian border will complicate even more the mess surrounding Syria.


Roberto Savio

Putin has called Turkey an “accomplice of terrorists”, and has denounced that the oil extracted by the Islamic State (ISIS), which is vital for its finances, is sold through Turkey.

This was an open secret, as it is an open secret that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are in fact financing Sunni terrorism.

Meanwhile, France is pushing for military support from European partners.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised support, and has announced a 16.8 billion pound increase in Britain’s defence budget, while at the same time cutting public spending costs, including for education and health.

It is interesting to note that in the world’s various stock exchanges, beginning with the City in London, the value of the shares in the military industry are on the rise.


I Have Never Punished My Child

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By Anahata Giri*

27 November 2015

I have never punished my child. This is not because I have some kind of freaky perfect child. My 8 year old son is a normal child who engages with the world with a natural childlike intensity.



The author and her son: listening for a nonviolent world.

This means he sometimes challenges boundaries by doing what he wants and upsetting others. At times I am very upset by his actions and I have been stretched beyond my own boundaries many times. This can be really tough.

But punishment is never an option.


Forced Labour in Fishing: How Big Is the Problem?

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24 November 2015 (ILO)* – An international Conference on Labour Exploitation in the Fishing Sector in the Atlantic Region will discuss forced labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry on 25-26 November in Oslo, Norway.


Credit: WorldFish2015 | Source: ILO – International Labour Organization

International Labour Organization (ILO) News spoke with Rebecca Surtees, conference panelist and Senior Researcher at NEXUS Institute*, United States, about possible remedies to labour exploitation in the industry.

What are the main problems in the fishing sector?

There is a range of pressing issues to be considered in the fishing industry – including pollution and environmental concerns, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, sustainability of fish stocks, transnational crime, the use of flags of convenience and non-compliance and so on.


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