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25/07/2014

2.2 Billion People Are Poor or Near-Poor, Without Basic Social Services

Human Wrongs Watch

Tokyo, 24 July 2014 — Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

Source: UNDP

Source: UNDP

This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here on 24 July 2014 by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik.

Entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, the Report provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day.

However, the latest estimates of the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index reveal that almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. And although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur.

23/07/2014

Full Employment, Decent Work for All Women and Men by 2013?

Human Wrongs Watch

New York, ILO* — The United Nations is one step closer to agreeing on a new set of development objectives that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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Photo source: ILO

Photo source: ILO

After sixteen months of deliberations, the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals adopted by acclamation a set of 17 proposed goals that will be submitted to the General Assembly in September, and will jump start the final phase of negotiations before the adoption a new UN development agenda in 2015.
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The proposal calls for a transformative goal to “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
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22/07/2014

CAR — Recruitment, Abuse of Children by Armed Groups, Endemic

Human Wrongs Watch

21 July 2014 – The recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, according to a new United Nations report, which cited impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses.

Child soldiers guard a road near Bunia, Ituri region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNICEF/HQ03-0555/LeMoyne

Child soldiers guard a road near Bunia, Ituri region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNICEF/HQ03-0555/LeMoyne

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“Impunity has encouraged perpetrators to continue their violations against children,” Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told the Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict today.
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Briefing on the 5th Report on Children and Armed Conflict in DRC, she said there were close to 4,200 cases of recruitment and use of boys and girls by armed groups and the Government armed forces. One third of the cases involved children below the age of 15.
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21/07/2014

‘No way out for Greece while the same policies of austerity are implemented’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today* (RT), 20 July 2014 – Greece has become a social experiment for the implementation of the most extreme neo-liberalism aimed at not contaminating the eurozone during the first period of the crisis, with the same policies being followed now, Greek MEP George Katrougalos told RT.

Greece Uprising.Image of the Syntagma square garden. 100.000 people gathered at the centre of Athens on Sunday, 29/5/2011. It was the first day of the people's protest against IMF in european cities. | Author :Kotsolis at English Wikipedia

Greece Uprising.Image of the Syntagma square garden. 100.000 people gathered at the centre of Athens on Sunday, 29/5/2011. It was the first day of the people’s protest against IMF in european cities. | Author :Kotsolis at English Wikipedia

RT: The Wall Street Journal recently suggested the IMF owes Greece an apology for making its financial struggle worse than it originally was. How do you see it?

George Katrougalos: It’s obvious that the rules suggested by the IMF were more lethal for Greece than the disease itself, the crisis.

Just look at the numbers: when we entered this security mechanism our debt was at 120 percent of GDP, now it is at 175 percent, unemployment is now above 28 percent and the unemployment of the young people is at a stagnant number of 60 percent. This is social misery, without any kind of rebounding of the real economy.

18/07/2014

UN: Can You Spare 67 Minutes to Take Action on Nelson Mandela Day?

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among citizens around the world who will be volunteering 67 minutes of their time on Friday 18 July 2014, Nelson Mandela Day, to make a small gesture in solidarity with humanity – one minute for every year of the South African leader’s public service.*

Source of image: UN

Source of image: UN

The UN General Assembly declared 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009 in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to democracy, justice and reconciliation.
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The overall campaign slogan is: “Take Action, Inspire Change.” And this year is the first commemoration after Mr. Mandela’s passing last December at the age of 95.
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18/07/2014

Lead in Infant Formula, Arsenic in Rice — UN Sets New Food Safety Standards

Human Wrongs Watch

17 July 2014, Geneva – UN food standards body the Codex Alimentarius Commission this week adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide, including setting out maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice.

Rice for sale at a vendor's stall in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. | Source of photo: FAO

Rice for sale at a vendor’s stall in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. | Source of photo: FAO

Jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Codex Alimentarius Commission sets international food safety and quality standards to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide.*

15/07/2014

More Than 750,000 People in West Africa Are Just ‘Invisible’

Human Wrongs Watch

DAKAR, 15 July 2014 (IRIN)* - At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness.

Many in the region are both stateless and refugees, said Emmanuelle Mitte, senior protection officer on statelessness with UNHCR in Dakar, but 80 percent of West Africans are stateless within their own country, lacking proof of the criteria required to guarantee their nationality.*

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Statelessness can block people’s ability to access health care, education or any form of social security. In the case of children who are separated from their families during emergencies, the lack of official documentation makes it much harder to reunite them, says the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
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Lack of official identification documents can mean a child enters into marriage, the labour market, or is conscripted into the armed forces, before the legal age.
15/07/2014

With Annual $36 Billion, Human Trafficking Ranks as World’s Third Most Profitable Crime

Human Wrongs Watch

“Not only is human trafficking one of the most grotesque violations of human rights, it is a lucrative crime for perpetrators… With annual profits as high as $36 billion per year, it ranks as the world’s third most profitable crime after illicit drug and arms trafficking’” according to the president of UN General Assembly John Ashe.

Forced labour often means unpaid wages, excessively long work hours without rest days, confiscation of ID documents, little freedom of movement, deception, intimidation and physical or sexual violence. ILO/A. Khemka

Forced labour often means unpaid wages, excessively long work hours without rest days, confiscation of ID documents, little freedom of movement, deception, intimidation and physical or sexual violence. ILO/A. Khemka

Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, Ashe on 14 July 2014 declared at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.*

15/07/2014

Cooperatives’ Economy –Worth US$2.5 Trillion– Helps to Eliminate Child Labour

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva, 14 July 2014, (ILO News)* – Around 60 per cent of all child laborers work in farming or a related industry, a sector where cooperatives hold a significant market share.

Photo: ILO/Joseph Fortin 2014

Photo: ILO/Joseph Fortin 2014

“Given that the total size of the cooperative economy worldwide is something over two and half trillion US dollars, cooperatives have considerable clout when it comes to making a difference,” says Simel Esim, head of the Cooperatives Unit for the ILO.
Simel Esim, head of the Cooperatives Unit for the ILO

Simel Esim, head of the Cooperatives Unit for the ILO

Cooperatives, as democratic member-led businesses, can help bring about changes in the way work is organized and how wealth is distributed — both important steps in helping bring about an end to child labour.

15/07/2014

Ever Wondered Why the World is a Mess?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, July 2014 – The latest figures from UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, show that in 2013 the total number of refugees worldwide had reached the staggering figure of 51 million people – we are close to the trauma of the Second World War, when the number of refugees was estimated at 55 million.
180 degree rotated map of the world Date 6 June 2008 Source http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Blank-map-world-reversed.png Author CaseyPenk, Vardion Permission (Reusing this file)  Released into the public domain by original author Other versions  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Blank-map-world-reversed.png | Wikimedia Commons

**180 degree rotated map of the world |Date 6 June 2008 | Source: Wikimedia Commons | Author: CaseyPenk, Vardion

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Now, while the Third World War has not been formally declared, this means that conflicts throughout the world are reaching levels unseen since 1944.
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Of course, for the large majority of people throughout the world, news about these conflicts is just part of our daily news, even though it should be insane to ignore the increasing spending on arms everywhere.
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Another share of our daily news is about the mess in our countries, but this is so complex and confusing that many people have given up the effort to attempt any form of deep understanding.

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