21/10/2020

Food Security Bursts Onto the Global Agenda

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Mario Lubetkin is Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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ROME, Oct 21 2020 (IPS)* – The month of October 2020 will be recalled as one of the most important moments in raising awareness about world food security, whether in the global debate or in the search for possible concrete solutions. | En español

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21/10/2020

One in Six Children – or 356 Million – Were Living in ‘Extreme Poverty’ Before COVID-19, a Figure Set to Worsen Significantly

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(UN News)* — An estimated one in six children – or 356 million globally – were living in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) analysis released on Tuesday [20 October 2020].

© UNICEF/Niklas Halle’n | Children play outside a metal polishing workshop in a slum in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Global Estimate of Children in Monetary Poverty: An Update, notes that sub-Saharan Africa, with its limited social safety nets, accounts for two-thirds of children living in households that struggle to survive on an average of $1.90 a day or less per person – the international measure for extreme poverty, while South Asia accounts for nearly a fifth of these children.

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21/10/2020

During COVID-19, False Information on Social Media Can Be ‘Deadly’. World Campaign Urging People to Pause Before Sharing

UN OCHA/Gema Cortes | In Venezuela, the Internet is the source of both information and misinformation.
20/10/2020

‘Don’t Ignore Economic Lessons of the Great Recession’

(UN Environment)* — “The world today finds itself in the worst financial and economic crisis in generations. The crisis has triggered an unprecedented policy response: interest rates have been dramatically reduced, in some cases down to almost zero, and hundreds of billions of dollars in liquidity support and fresh capital have been provided to banking systems around the world.”

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20/10/2020

UN Survives a World Turned Upside Down

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 2020 (IPS)* – As the United Nations plans to commemorate its annual UN Day, come October 24, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is presiding over a world body which has remained locked down since last March because of the spreading coronavirus pandemic.

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UN75: The Future We Want, The UN We Need. Credit: United Nations

“In a world turned upside down, this General Assembly Hall is among the strangest sights of all,” said Guterres last month, describing the venue of the UN’s highest policy-making body. Continue reading

20/10/2020

Ye Are Many, They Are Few!

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A New Freely Downloadable Book

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John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which discusses the question of how oligarchs maintain their grasp on an excessive share of wealth and power when, as Shelley pointed out, the have-nots are many, while the power-holders are few.

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Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many, they are few!

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20/10/2020

September Was the Warmest on Record for the Globe

15 October 2020 (WMO)* —  It was the warmest September on record for the globe. The first nine months of 2020 were the second warmest on record (after 2016), according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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20/10/2020

Burkina Faso ‘One Step Short of Famine’

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(UN News)* — Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday [19 October 2020].  

UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | In Burkina Faso, the number of people facing a critical lack of food has increased.

Ahead of Tuesday’s High-Level Ministerial Conference on the Central Sahel in the Danish capital Copenhagen, the World Food Programme (WFP) sounded the alarm that catastrophic levels of hunger could hit parts of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

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20/10/2020

Working to End Human Violence in the Time of Covid-19

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

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Robert J. Burrowes

At what is arguably the most important time in human history, with Homo Sapiens confronted by an enormous range of violent challenges that threaten our very survival, the only question of any genuine importance is this:

Can we craft and implement a strategy to end the violence, particularly in each and all of its extinction-threatening dimensions, to ensure that humanity has a chance to thrive on planet Earth indefinitely into the future? But few are asking that question.

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18/10/2020

‘Hunger Is Rising, Due to Factors Including Conflict, Climate Change and COVID-19’ – World Food Day

(UN News)*Hunger is rising, due to factors including conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting a strain on food systems that are already failing in many countries. In 16 October 2020‘s LIVE blog, marking World Food Day, we will look at some of the many issues and possible solutions.
© FAO/Luis Tato | Members of a farmers cooperative harvest beans in Mwingi, Kenya.
16/10/2020

Eating Better – For Us and the Planet

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15 October 2020 (UN Environment)* — Industrialized farming has been a reliable way to produce lots of food, at a relatively low cost. But it’s not the bargain it was once believed to be. Unsustainable agriculture can pollute water, air and soil; is a source of greenhouse gas; and destroys wildlife – an environmental cost equivalent to about US$3 trillion every year.

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The use of chemicals and antimicrobials can have adverse health effects and lead to resistant infections. And to top it all off, our production and consumption habits have been linked to the emergence of zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19.

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16/10/2020

The Agro-ecological Grassroots Movement Revolutionising Indian Farms

16 October 2020 (FAO)* — In India, a grassroots movement focused on agroecological farming is spreading fast. Beginning in the southern state of Karnataka, the natural farming methods were adopted first by tens, then hundreds and now hundreds of thousands of farmers across India. So, what’s so special about it?

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16/10/2020

Why We Need Trees to End to Poverty – Landmark Report

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Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and a projected rise in extreme poverty, a team of scientists says the world can no longer afford to overlook the role of forests and trees in poverty eradication.

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NEW YORK, United States, Oct 15 2020 (IPS)* – With extreme poverty (living on $1.90 a day) projected to rise for the first time in over 20 years, a new study has concluded that global poverty eradication efforts could be futile in the absence of forests and trees.

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16/10/2020

‘More than Half of the People Living in Asia and the Pacific Lack any Social Protection’

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Social protection coverage in Asia and the Pacific ‘riddled with gaps’

UN News\Vibhu Mishra A man, carrying a load on his back, in what is generally a busy business district in Kathmandu, Nepal. COVID-19 and the associated lockdown has hit people hard, with many daily-wage earners losing their only source of income.
 
15 October 2020 (UN News)*More than half of the people living in Asia and the Pacific lack any social protection coverage, leaving populations vulnerable to ill-health, poverty, inequality and social exclusion, a new UN report has found. 
15/10/2020

‘The Challenge of Achieving Social and Environmental Justice for All’

A Haitian woman prepares "clay cakes" — sun-baked disks of clay, butter & salt — that have become a symbol of Haiti's struggles with extreme poverty and hunger.

A Haitian woman prepares “clay cakes” — sun-baked disks of clay, butter & salt — that have become a symbol of Haiti’s struggles with extreme poverty and hunger. PHOTO:© UN/Logan Abassi

(United Nations)* — In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage.

Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity.

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15/10/2020

Global Poverty Soars – As Incomes of World’s Billionaires Hit New Highs

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Addressing poverty eradication last week, just ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, UN chief António Guterres warned that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are falling “disproportionately on the most vulnerable: people living in poverty, the working poor, women and children, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups”.

Twelve-year-old-boy_Twelve-year-old boy in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, sorts through hazardous plastic waste without any protection, working to support his family amidst the coronavirus lockdown. Credit: UNICEF/Parvez Ahmad

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15/10/2020

Three Billion People Lack Hand-Washing Facilities with Water and Soap at Home: UNICEF

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FACT SHEET: Lack of hand-washing with soap puts millions at increased risk to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases | Français

Hamsatou, 13, washes her hands at the Socoura displacement camp in Mopti, Mali.

NEW YORK, 15 October 2020 (UNICEF)*  – Although handwashing with soap  is critical in the fight against infectious diseases, including COVID-19,  millions of people around the world have no ready access to a place to wash their hands, UNICEF said ahead of Global Handwashing Day.

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15/10/2020

Myanmar: ‘Shocking’ Killing of Children Allegedly Used as Human Shields

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14 October 2020 (UN News)* — UN agencies in Myanmar have expressed ‘sadness’ and ‘shock’ over the killing of two boys, allegedly used as human shields by security forces in the country’s northern Rakhine province, earlier this month.

OCHA/Pierre Peron | A settlement in Rakhine province, northern Myanmar. (file photo)
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The two boys were killed in a crossfire between Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, and the separatist Arakan Army.
The incident occurred on 5 October in Buthidaung township – a hotspot for army abuses against children for non-combat purposes, since mid-2019, the UN agencies said in a statement, on Wednesday [14 October 2020].
14/10/2020

Monotony – Lack of Purpose and Repetition

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By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

October 2020 (Wall Street International)*Everything always the same. Repetition presides over processes, from metabolic ones to the passage of time: day, night, light, dark, birth, death, and old age. Having to make a living, having to feed, to get through life is the biggest contradiction of the process, of the dynamics of life. There is continuity only if there is maintenance. Linking dynamics to statics, movement to inertia, is dialectical. Living without contradiction is as desired as it is impossible.

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14/10/2020

USA 2020: Does Democracy Still Exist?

By Roberto Savio*

The US is a hopelessly divided, and dysfunctional country

14 October2020 (Other News)* — Let’s take a look at the American elections which at this moment are important not only for the United States but also for the entire world. The American electoral system is a little known but disastrous system. It is also the most anti-democratic you can imagine.

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This system is incomprehensible for a modern society but it is untouchable in the United States.

There are 50 states and each state has two senators. California has 39 million inhabitants and two senators. Wyoming has 850,000 inhabitants but also two senators.

Currently there are 47 Democratic senators (therefore 53 are Republicans) who obtained 17 million more votes than the Republicans. So the Republicans have the majority of seats despite having obtained 17 million fewer votes.

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14/10/2020

Women and Girls Are Disadvantaged in This Pandemic, a Problem Aggravated in Rural Areas – Rural Women’s Day

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Beekeeper and entrepeneur Oralia Ruano Lima, Guatemala. PHOTO:UN Women/Rosendo Quintos.

14 October 2020 (United Nations)* — Women and girls are disadvantaged in this pandemic, a problem aggravated in rural areas. Rural women, with a crucial role in agriculture, food security and nutrition, already face struggles in their daily lives.

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14/10/2020

Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.

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14 October 2020 (FAO)* — The COVID-19 global health crisis has been a time to reflect on things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. These uncertain times have made many of us rekindle our appreciation for a thing that some take for granted and many go without: food.
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Food is the essence of life and the bedrock of our cultures and communities. Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities, who are hit hardest by the pandemic and resulting economic shocks.
13/10/2020

The Nature of Consciousness

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By Federico Faggin*

The fundamental differences between human and computer intelligence

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The nature of consciousness | Image from Wall Street International.

11 October 2020 (Wall Street International)* — This series of articles will discuss the basic differences between human and computer intelligence, a particularly important distinction today, flooded as we are with predictions that artificial intelligence and robots will soon surpass human abilities. What is true and what is fiction in the conflicting stories we hear about this subject?

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13/10/2020

16 Ways to Take Action on Climate

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12 October 2020 (UN Environment)* — Looking for easy and simple ways to make high-impact, achievable steps to reduce your carbon pollution and persuade others to do the same? Here are 16 actions:

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These actions, derived from experts and research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) alongside others, are featured as part the Count Us In campaign, a diverse coalition of culture, faith, sport, cities and businesses.

Organizers hope the activities and support of the partners will inspire one billion people to take practical steps to reduce carbon pollution and challenge leaders to act more boldly on climate.

Individual action can make a significant impact. Count Us In organizers estimate that if 1 billion people take practical action in their own lives, they could reduce as much as 20 per cent of global carbon emissions.

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13/10/2020

‘Staggering’ Rise in Climate Emergencies in Last 20 Years, New Disaster Research Shows

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(UN News)* — The first 20 years of this century have seen a “staggering” rise in climate disasters, UN researchers said on Monday [12 October 2020], while also maintaining that “almost all nations” have failed to prevent a “wave of death and illness” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

13/10/2020

State of Climate Services 2020 Report: Move from Early Warnings to Early Action

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Geneva, 13 October 2020 (World Meteorological Organization)* —  Over the past 50 years, more than 11,000 disasters have been attributed to weather, climate and water-related hazards, involving 2 million deaths and US$ 3.6 trillion in economic losses.

12/10/2020

The Bolsonaro Thing

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By Jean Wyllys*

Historical facts do not repeat themselves, but they can rhyme, like the verses of a long poem.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets people during the 198th anniversary celebration of the country’s Independence Day in Brasilia, Brazil, on September 7, 2020 / Lucio Tavora /PA Images

7 October 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Historical facts do not repeat themselves, but they can rhyme, like the verses of a long poem. I heard this phrase from my friend Sidney Chalhoub, a prestigious historian and professor at Harvard University.

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12/10/2020

What We Learn by Listening to Girls

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New York, 10 October 2020 (UNFPA)*  – On 11 October, organizations and activists around the world will mark the International Day of the Girl Child, shining a spotlight on the rights, needs,  vulnerabilities, contributions and future potential of girls everywhere.

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Yanal, a Syrian refugee in Jordan, smiles broadly.
Yanal raises her voice on behalf of girls vulnerable to child marriage. © UNFPA

The theme for the day is “My Voice, Our Equal Future” because girls’ voices are seldom heard – not in the halls of governments, nor in homes or classrooms.

But what do we learn when we finally listen to girls?

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12/10/2020

Gendering Agriculture so Women Take the Lead in Feeding Africa

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IBADAN, Nigeria, Oct 12 2020 (IPS)* – Africa’s hopes of feeding a population projected to double by 2050 amidst a worsening climate crisis rest on huge investments in agriculture, including creating the conditions so that women can empower themselves and lead efforts to transform the continent’s farming landscape.

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As we celebrate the 2020 International Year of Rural Women, Africa needs to reflect more on the role women play in food and nutrition security, land and water management.

Also, the impact of COVID-19 on women’s capacity to provide food for their families and care for their loved ones underscores the importance of strengthening their capacities by designing gender responsive actions.

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12/10/2020

Rural Women Play a Crucial Role in Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition, Land and Natural Resource Management, and Rural Enterprises. However…

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12 October 2020 (UN Women)*This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), the spotlight is on the urgent need for Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19, for “building back better” by strengthening rural women’s sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing.

Women in Bangladesh work while wearing masks. Photo: UN Women/Fahad Kaizer

Photo: UN Women/Fahad Kaizer

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12/10/2020

‘It Is All about Governance’ – International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction:

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The Connecting Business initiative (CBi), supported by OCHA and UNDP, is a coordinated network of local business responding to disasters, such as Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas in 2019. PHOTO:UN Photo/OCHA/Mark Garten

COVID-19 and the climate emergency are telling us that we need clear vision, plans and competent, empowered institutions acting on scientific evidence for the public good.

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11/10/2020

Conflict Theory – In Animals and in Humans

Animals can be interesting models for the study of such complex behaviour
Animals can be interesting models for the study of such complex behaviour | Image from Wall Street International.

Ubi vinci necesse, expedit cedere.

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10 October 2020 (Wall Street International)* — This theory mainly consists of the fact that two contenders are both about 50% likely to win a conflict. If this percentage fluctuates too much, on one side or the other, the conflict would be extinguished.

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11/10/2020

Q&A: ‘Before the pandemic, refugee mental health was severely overlooked. Now it’s a full-blown crisis’

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By Tim Gaynor*

UNHCR’s Senior Mental Health Officer Pieter Ventevogel says COVID-19 has been a tipping point for many refugees in distress. But with the crisis comes an opportunity. Español   |  Français

5f7e13dd4A South Sudanese refugee sits outside his shelter in Uganda’s Bidibidi settlement, November 2019. His wife was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in South Sudan in 2012 and she took her own life in exile. © UNHCR/Rocco Nuri

11/10/2020

More than 70 Million Migrants Living across International Borders in the Americas, Set to Benefit from New Health Care Help

Washington (IOM)*  – More than 70 million migrants living across international borders in the Region of the Americas are set to benefit from a joint agreement signed on 9 October 2020 by Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

centralamericancaravanThe IOM-PAHO agreement will focus on increasing and scaling-up interventions that address barriers to health care and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on migrant populations. Photo: IOM/Rafael Rodríguez

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11/10/2020

Immediate Action Required to Address Needs, Vulnerabilities of 2.75 Million Stranded Migrants

Geneva (IOM)* - Effective international cooperation is urgently needed to address the circumstances of millions of migrants stranded worldwide due to mobility restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration on 9 October 2020 said.

stranded_pic_croppedFarhiya and her eight-month-old son await return assistance to Ethiopia at a reception centre in Bossaso, Somalia, two of the 2.75 million migrants stranded globally due to COVID-19 mobility restrictions. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed 

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10/10/2020

The Coup Is Being Televised

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Tune in for further instructions

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10 October 2020 (Wall Street International)* — We are watching now what may very well be the last American election. Before 2016, such words would have been unthinkable and unspeakable. The rapidity with which they have become not only possible, but actual, has many of us reeling in disbelief. In these darkest of times, I do not and can not afford myself the luxury to speak about any other current events or issues. Nothing is more important today.

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10/10/2020

The Lebanese Disaster

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STOCKHOLM / ROME, Oct 7 2020 (IPS)* – The 26th of September, the Lebanese prime minister Mustapha Adib stepped down after less than a month on his post. The president, Michael Auon, stated: ”Lebanon will be going to Hell if a new government is not formed soon.” The question is if his nation is not there already.

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10/10/2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Amid Escalating Hostilities, UN Rights Chief Expresses Alarm over the Suffering of Civilians, Urges Ceasefire

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UN News/Daniel Johnson | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. (file)
10/10/2020

World Food Programme Wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, as Hunger Mounts

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9 October 2020 (UN News)* — The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world – often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions – has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

UNICEF/Peter Martell | A UN World Food Programme (WFP) helicopter delivers much-needed supplies to people in Udier, South Sudan.
The agency was recognized “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
09/10/2020

Can Democracies Survive Social Media?

Balancing freedom of expression with social responsibility

8 October 2020 (Wall Street International)* — Abraham Lincoln is credited with one of the most enduring statements in American history: “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Unfortunately, nearly all Americans have been fooled by this. The first person to utter the statement was actually the showman P.T. Barnum.

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09/10/2020

Climate Change: Proof in Numbers

UNEP’s novel ‘World Environment Situation Room’ provides real-time data on PM2.5 levels across the planet, informing scientists, policy-makers and citizens alike.

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8 October 2020 (UN Environment)* — Last month, as wildfires continued to rage across the American West, Pascal Peduzzi, a climate scientist with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva, followed the situation with air quality in Mammoth Lakes, a town high in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

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09/10/2020

Women Are “Under Siege,” Bearing the Bulk of the Care and Economic Burden in Many Societies, While Also Facing “an Alarming Surge of Violence in the Home”

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(UN News)* — Armed conflict has a disproportionate impact on women and girls – a key reason why women’s “full, equal and meaningful participation” in UN peacekeeping is such a priority, the Secretary-General said on Thursday [8 October 2020].

UNAMID/Mohamad Almahady | Women played a prominent role in the political transition process in Sudan, which resulted in women holding key government leadership positions, including the country’s first-ever woman Foreign Minister and Chief Justice.
09/10/2020

Girls to Know: The Next Generation Is Already Leading the Way

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Originally published on Medium.com/@UN_Women

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9 October 2020 (UN Women)* — Around the world, girls are driving change. They are activists and advocates on the front lines of movements for social and racial equality. They are calling for urgent climate action and demanding space at decision-making tables in their communities, countries and beyond.

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09/10/2020

‘My Voice, Our Equal Future’

Girls walking together outside Yomelela Primary School, Cape Town South Africa,1 June 2015.

The world is home to more than 1.1 billion girls under age 18, who are poised to become the largest generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers the world has ever seen. PHOTO:UN Women/Ryan Brown

9 October 2020 (United Nations)* — Progress for adolescent girls has not kept pace with the realities they face today, and COVID-19 has reinforced many of these gaps.

This year, under the theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, let’s seize the opportunity to be inspired by what adolescent girls see as the change they want, the solutions- big and small- they are leading and demanding across the globe.

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08/10/2020

2020 Nansen Refugee Award Spotlights Child Survivors of Sexual Exploitation

A Colombian woman who spent decades working to heal children and teenage survivors of sexual violence and exploitation on 5 October 2020 accepted the 2020 Nansen Refugee Award at a special ceremony, calling the prize a “recognition of their strength, courage and endurance.” |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award Laureate 2020 hugs a young survivor of sexual exploitation.© UNHCR/Nicolo Filippo Rosso

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08/10/2020

Stillborn Babies: A Neglected, Unspeakable Tragedy

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(UN News)* — A stillborn baby is delivered every 16 seconds, which translates into nearly two million infants over the course of a year that never took their first breath, according to a new UN report published on Thursday [8 October 2020].

©UNICEF/UNI32026/PirozziUNICEF/UNI32026/Pirozzi | Kadiatu Sama, who has had no prenatal care and whose child was stillborn, is comforted by a woman nurse in the maternity ward of the government hospital in Sierra Leone.
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A Neglected Tragedy: The Global Burden of Stillbirths, released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), reveals that 84 per cent of these grievous episodes occur in low and lower-middle income countries.
08/10/2020

‘Across the World, Girls as Young as 12 Are Being Forced or Tricked into Marrying Men Who Exploit Them for Sex and Domestic Work’

7 October 2020 (UN News)* — Across the world, girls as young as 12 are being forced or tricked into marrying men who exploit them for sex and domestic work, in what the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has called an “under-reported, global form of human trafficking”.
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UNICEF/UN0159775/Nybo | Farmer Nurul Haque stands near his 13-year-old daughter in Bangladesh, saying he may have to pull her from school and marry her off to an older man because he has few financial options left.
07/10/2020

Brazil Is Up in Flames – Here’s Why

Deforestation in the Amazon in August, 2020. © Christian Braga / Greenpeace
New images show widespread destruction of the Amazon. © Christian Braga / Greenpeace

The world is looking in horror for the second straight year as historic blazesravage the world’s largest tropical forest. All the while, instead of fighting the fires, the Brazilian government fans the flames by emboldening those who are setting the fires to expand their agribusiness.

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07/10/2020

Amid COVID-19, These 10 Countries Are Aiming to Kickstart Their Economies by Repairing Nature

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7 October 2020 (UN Environment)* — In 1933, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order allocating US$ 10 million for emergency conservation efforts under the New Deal, putting unemployed Americans to work. When South Korea was struggling with famine and a refugee crisis in the 1950s, the government restored forests and farmland, creating hundreds of thousands of rural jobs.

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