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28/01/2015

World Tourism Tops 1.1 Billion in 2014

Human Wrongs Watch

The number of international tourists reached 1.13 billion in 201, 4, 51 million more than in 2013, on trend for the fifth consecutive year of above average growth since the 2009 economic crisis, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced on 27 January 2015.

Photo: UNWTO

“Over the past years, tourism has proven to be a surprisingly strong and resilient economic activity and a fundamental contributor to the economic recovery by generating billions of dollars in exports and creating millions of jobs, said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the opening of the Spain Global Tourism Forum in Madrid.*

27/01/2015

Worldwide Mission to Assess the Planet’s State of Biodiversity and Ecosystems 

Human Wrongs Watch 

Source: UNEP

Around 700 delegates from over 270 governments, scientific organizations, civil society and the private sector attended the Platform’s third meeting, which was held from 12 to 17 January in Bonn, Germany.

IPBES Member States present at the meeting adopted a conflict of interest policy and a stakeholder engagement strategy that will support the implementation of the Platform’s work programme and approved the guidance on strategic partnerships and other collaborative arrangements.

27/01/2015

Very Few of Estimated 53 Million Domestic Workers Worldwide Are Covered by Labour Laws

Human Wrongs Watch 

Very few of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide are covered by labour laws, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reported on 26 January 2015.*

(Source: ILO)

In 2011, the ILO’s Member States adopted the Domestic Workers’ Convention (N°189) to protect their rights, promote equality of opportunity and treatment, and improve working and living conditions.

So far, 17 countries have ratified this convention. Let’s keep the momentum! (*Source: ILO).

2015 Human Wrongs Watch 

27/01/2015

‘Vicious Circles Linking Violence and Hunger’ Must End – FAO

Human Wrongs Watch

Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peace building and conflict resolution, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said during a special meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission held at Headquarters on 26 January 2015.

Quinoa – a highly nutritious crop from the Andes has become popular globally. Photo: FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico

“Food security is an important foundation for peace, political stability and sustainable development. In the history of humanity, time and time again we have seen vicious circles linking violence and hunger – and these are conflicts that are not restricted by national borders,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said to participants.

23/01/2015

‘We Saw What You Did’ – Satellites and Human Rights

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Nairobi, 23 January 2015 (IRIN)* – The shocking satellite imagery of the destruction in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga and nearby villages earlier this month provided graphic evidence of the extent of the crimes by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram when they stormed in.

The images released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International on 15 January, which show clear signs of arson, ended a growing debate on media coverage of remote conflict zones.

It turned the spotlight back to the fact that something terrible had happened in Baga, and hundreds, if not as many as 2,000 people, may have died.  

“It’s the power of the image,” Nigerian human rights lawyer Clement Nwankwo told IRIN.

“The reason people questioned whether 2,000 people were killed was because that level of brutality was unimaginable. But the images validate that claim, the number of fatalities could be in that vicinity.” 

23/01/2015

We All Have Something Sacred

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pía Figueroa*

January 2015, Pressenza — For some it’s their God, for others Democracy. There are those for whom human rights are inalienable and for several others the most Sacred is found within human beings. That thing that cannot be conceded, or sold, or forgotten, something that gives Meaning to life and projects it beyond one’s own existence has without doubt a very special characteristic.
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The Green-crowned Brilliant in Costa Rica Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch | Source UN News Centre

The Green-crowned Brilliant in Costa Rica Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch | Source UN News Centre

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Children are sacred for their mothers, love for those in love, big ideals for militants. There are certain things that you cannot blaspheme against because in them there is such a special communion between what is human and the ineffable thing that transcends it.

20/01/2015

Unemployment on the Rise over Next Five Years as Inequality Persists

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Geneva, 20 January 2015  (ILO)* – Unemployment will continue to rise in the coming years, as the global economy has entered a new period combining slower growth, widening inequalities and turbulence, warns a new ILO report.*

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By 2019, more than 212 million people will be out of work, up from the current 201 million, according to the World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015 (WESO). 
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“More than 61 million jobs have been lost since the start of the global crisis in 2008 and our projections show that unemployment will continue to rise until the end of the decade. This means the jobs crisis is far from over so there is no place for complacency,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said.
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The employment situation has improved in the United States and Japan, but remains difficult in a number of advanced economies, particularly in Europe.
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20/01/2015

Light Is Here and Has Its Own International Year!

Human Wrongs Watch

19 January 2015 — Tonight, an Aurora Borealis graced UNESCO’s Globe in Paris. The Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon only seen in much higher latitudes, were reproduced by artist Kari Kola on the UNESCO Headquarters in celebration of the International Year of Light 2015, which opened with a special event on 19 and 20 January.

Installation "Light is Here" by Finnish artist Kari Kola, intstalled by Valoparta Ltd.© UNESCO/Nora Houguenade

Installation “Light is Here” by Finnish artist Kari Kola, installed by Valoparta Ltd.© UNESCO/Nora Houguenade

“I have been fascinated by light for as long as I can remember”, said Finnish artist Kari Kola. “In Finland, autumns and winters are long and dark. I wanted to teach myself to use light to make most of the darkness that surrounded me during those times of year. When it’s dark 20 hours a day, you can really make a difference with light.”

He chose to represent the Aurora Borealis in a stylistically abstract form through his installation “Light is Here”, bathing the buildings in blues and greens, in contrast with the warmer colors of dawn.

“I was 1 year old when I first saw the Northern Lights, and I’ve seen them every year since. But I have learned most of what I know about light by watching the sunrise.”

20/01/2015

Climate Change Advances Faster than Expected — Critical Role of Genetic Resources in Feeding the World

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Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 19 January 2015.

Photo: ©FAO/Sandro Cespoli

A crop of sorghum in Uruguay, funded by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic resources for Food and Agriculture.

“Time is not on our side” warns the book, Coping with climate change: the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture. “In the coming decades, millions of people whose livelihoods and food security depend on farming, aquaculture, fishing, forestry and livestock keeping are likely to face unprecedented climatic conditions.”*

Crops, livestock, forest trees and aquatic organisms capable of surviving and producing in a changing climate will be needed.

20/01/2015

The Year 2015-What Are We In For?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

20 January 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Three, maybe four dramatic, global processes are unfolding.

Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung

First, the West–particularly USA, Israel, France–fighting very violently and counter-productively to keep their grip on the world.

Second, Eurasia, spearheaded by Russia-India-China in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) expanding and consolidating, successfully and nonviolently.

Third, Islam expanding and consolidating, partly by conversion to Islam, partly through the dream of a new caliphate, partly violently.

Fourth, Latin America and Africa in the old Third World expanding and consolidating, spearheaded by Brazil-South Africa in BRICS.

If you want to live drama, you have chosen the right year.

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