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23/09/2014

Climate Action – “Who Is Stopping Us?”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kumi Naidoo*, 23 September, 2014 — The world has changed since our leaders discussed climate change in 2009. It has become even more evident; ravaging crops in Africa, melting ice in the Arctic, drowning the Philippines and drying-up California. The poor are paying the highest price. But ever since super storm Sandy hit New York, even the rich in industrialized countries know that they can’t hide from devastating climate change in their gated communities.

Climate change is not on its way. It’s already here.

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

Yet, cost-effective, sensible solutions have also made quantum leaps since 2009. Clean, renewable energy is getting bigger, better and cheaper every day. It can provide the answers our exhausted planet is looking for.

Renewables are the most economical solution for new power capacity in an ever-increasing number of countries. 100% of power capacity added in the United States last month was renewable and countries like Denmark and Germany are producing new ‘clean electricity’ records almost every month.

23/09/2014

Juggling a Cacophony of Tongues, UN Interpreters Avert Linguistic Disaster

Human Wrongs Watch

Out of potential linguistic chaos, a corps of over 100 United Nations interpreters brings order and comprehension as speaker after speaker from around the world takes the podium of the General Assembly to give their annual speeches at the General Debate, discusses war and peace in the Security Council, or delves into arcane details of administrative and budgetary affairs in one of the Assembly’s six specialized committees.

Highly skilled interpreters perform a vital service at UN meetings, where delegates come together to present their views in one of the six official languages or in their own tongue. A UN Interpreter, at work in a booth over looking a meeting room. (1965) UN Photo

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Were only interpreters but its our contribution to what the UN is doing, Laurence Viguie, a French interpreter with the Organization, told the UN News Centre in an interview. I love the job, and I never have the feeling that Im going to work.*

Back in 1964, when Anthony Mango became an interpreter, the job was a very prestigious one. People used to consider that as something that was magical your ability to come out in one language while simultaneously listening to a statement in another language, said the now retired UN staffer.

23/09/2014

‘Global Film Industry Perpetuates Discrimination against Women’

Human Wrongs Watch

Nowhere to be “scene,” women protagonists have less than one-third of all speaking roles in film and are largely absent from powerful positions, according to a United Nations-backed survey released on 22 September 2014, which argues for the involvement of more female film-makers in the industry, and for greater sensitivity to gender imbalance on screen.

Actress Geena Davis. Photo: UN Women/Catianne Tijerina

“The first-ever global study of female characters in popular films, launched today, reveals deep-seated discrimination and pervasive stereotyping of women and girls by the international film industry,” according to UN Women, which supported the study along with The Rockefeller Foundation.*

It was commissioned from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

“The fact is – women are seriously under-represented across nearly all sectors of society around the globe, not just on-screen, but for the most part we’re simply not aware of the extent,” said actress Geena Davis, founder of an eponymous Institute on Gender in Media, which released he 22 September study.

23/09/2014

UN Summit: Tackling Climate Change Requires “All Hands on Deck”

Human Wrongs Watch

True to his belief that tackling climate change requires “all hands on deck”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gathering a new and unique mix of partners at United Nations Headquarters on 23 September 2014, from Government, business, finance and civil society – for a summit aiming to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate deal.

Pictured, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, formed by a melting glacier (2013). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN chief’s Climate Summit is expected to draw more than 120 Heads of State and Government to announce their vision and commitment for reaching a universal and meaningful climate agreement in 2015, as well as make announcements on actions that will reduce emissions, enhance resistance to climate change and mobilize financing for climate action.*

22/09/2014

Scotland on the Euphrates: The Obsolescence of the Nation-State

Human Wrongs Watch

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

By Uri Avnery*,  22 September 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service

TWO COUNTRIES competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotland is called after its whisky (or the other way round), while for ISIS fighters, drinking alcohol is the mark of unbelievers, who should lose their head (literally).

However, there is one common denominator of both crises: they mark the approaching demise of the nation-state.

22/09/2014

USA/UK Committed Genocide against Iraq People

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, 22 September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service – USA/UK committed genocide against Iraq people between 1990/2012 killing 3.3 million including 750,000 children through sanctions and war.

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

On September 11, 2014 US President Obama, on the anniversary of 9/11, in his speech promised the world more war, and especially the people of Iraq and Syria when he promised that together with his coalition partners, they would kill every ISIS person in Iraq, Syria, or anywhere in the world they may be.

He described ISIS as cancer cells and promised they would be all killed off.

His Speech was chilling and had the desired effect of reminding us all just how low morally and intellectually the American administration, and their Coalition, has sunk.

For the President to ignore the fact that the USA/UK, NATO, have committed genocide against the Iraq people between 1990/2012 killing 3.3 million including 750,000 Iraqi children through sanctions and war, not including subsequent wars by USA/NATO, against Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, and their attempted and well funded efforts through a proxy war to destroy Syria, is criminal.

22/09/2014

Climate Summit: Extreme Weather Hits Asia, Europe… a Further Indication of the “New Normal”?

Human Wrongs Watch

Heavy rains and flooding devastated parts of the Philippines, France and Italy over the weekend and may be further indications of the ‘new normal’ that the world will have to deal with if no accelerated action is taken to curb global warming, the head of United Nations Disaster Reduction Office said on 22 September 2014 on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York.

A flooded street in Tacloban, Philippines. Photo: OCHA

A flooded street in Tacloban, Philippines. Photo: OCHA

Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said: “Heads of State are expected to make national announcements on both mitigation and adaptation, and we do hope that these announcements will include commitments to disaster risk reduction.”*

The UN Climate Summit on Tuesday [23 September 2014], convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the largest gathering of leaders on climate change to date, which aims to mobilize action and obtain more commitments from Governments and actors of the civil society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in more resilience.

22/09/2014

Beating Climate Change, Either Lead or Get Out of the Way

Human Wrongs Watch

By Arin de Hoog – 22 September, 2014, Greenpeace* – Yesterday  [21 September 2014], over half a million people in 160 countries across the world marched against climate change. What clearer signal can there be to policy leaders that they need to either lead or get out of the way? 

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

Leading means using tomorrow’s climate summit to show that governments are going to take decisive action towards capping runaway CO2 emissions and stand up to the fossil fuel industry.

If they are unable or unwilling to do this they need to get out of the way of the millions of their electorate who see the fatal cracks in the ice. Yesterday’s global act of solidarity adds an exclamation point to the rapidly growing number of people who are demanding that industry be accountable to the planet.

22/09/2014

No ‘Plan B’ for Climate Action as There Is No ‘Planet B’

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 September 2014 told what is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at the People’s Climate March held in New York City, ahead of the Climate Summit he is hosting at UN headquarters on 23 September. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Speaking to journalists after walking with an estimated 300,000 demonstrators on the People’s Climate March through New York City on Sunday he said the world needs to “galvanize our action” and harness the people’s “power to change.”*

As the clock ticks down to the Secretary-General’s much-anticipated Climate Summit at UN Headquarters two days from now [23 September 2014], politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public marched though the city to highlight global concerns about a lack of international action to stop the deleterious effects of climate change.

21/09/2014

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*, 21 Sep 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service – What a good idea, this day! To reflect, take stock, to enjoy peace, to deplore non-peace.

21 sep day of peace

And the first reflection is this: peace is the normal condition of humanity, just like health. There is so much plain, simple, decent behavior around, so much mutual aid, a helping hand, companionship, friendship, good neighborhood when bad luck strikes at its worst. And we sense mutuality, unquestioning reciprocity; not always but mostly.

Go to an airport, stay close to where they come out, arrival, and are met by their nearest–watch the embraces, the warmth, the eyes glittering, the smiles, laughter.

There we are. Harmony, resonance–with the occasional deep, joint sadness, sorrow; something has struck.

Go to a restaurant, not too stiff, formal–more ordinary eatery. And you see it again, the pleasure, food, drinks, togetherness, the shared pleasure–the jokes, the smiles.

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