16/11/2018

Brexit Poses ‘Particular Risk’ to British People in Poverty – UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

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Brexit – the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union – will drive more UK citizens into poverty unless the Government takes action to shield the most vulnerable, warned Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, in a damning statement released on Friday [16 November 2018].*

Bassam Khawaja | Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights visits New Lodge in North Belfast, UK. (2018)
16/11/2018

‘Amidst an active conflict that seems to have fallen off the world community’s radar, temperatures in Eastern Ukraine dropping well below zero, with millions in need of urgent humanitarian aid’

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Amidst an ongoing active conflict that seems to have fallen off the international community’s radar, temperatures in eastern Ukraine dropping well below zero and leaving millions are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, said the United Nations, calling for support. 

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OCHA Ukraine/O.Gaskevych | People wait in line at Maiorske Entry/Exit Checkpoint in eastern Ukraine
16/11/2018

The Taliban’s Top Trumps

Afghanistan’s daring insurgents are waging war while planning for power.

**President Ronald Reaganmeeting with Afghan Mujahideen leaders in the Oval Office in 1983 | Michael Evans, see stamp and name on roll #C12820THE PRESIDENT AT WORK/SIGNIFICANT EVENTS (file: c12820-32.jpg) | Public Domain 

16/11/2018

UK Cabinet Chaos as May Tries to Steady the Ship

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By Samuel Stolton| EURACTIV.com*

British Prime Minister Theresa May, delivers a statement during a news conference inside number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 15 November 2018. [EPA-EFE/DAVID LEVENSON]

“I believe with every fibre of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people,” May said, addressing journalists at a Downing Street press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Her comments came on a tumultuous day for the prime minister, who was hit with two cabinet resignations in the form of Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey.

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16/11/2018

Drumming Up a Solution to Plastic Waste

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15 November 2018 (UN Environment)* — In the crowded classroom, a music class is underway. The sounds of flutes and shakers, gradually becoming more synchronized with practice, fill the air. Teachers at the front laugh in approval as children dance and stomp their feet with such energy that the school’s tin roof begins to rattle.

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Duncan Moore/ UN Environment

But this isn’t an ordinary music lesson. The instruments are brand new, in the sense that they’ve just been created out of repurposed plastic bottles. The teacher, Shady Rabab, has travelled all the way from Egypt to teach the class how to make music out of trash that would otherwise end up on—or under—the ground.

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16/11/2018

Farmers, Frontline Defenders against Antimicrobial Resistance

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ROME, 14 November 2018 (FAO)* Farmers have a vital role to play in stemming the spread of antimicrobial resistance among disease-causing pathogens, and can make a significant contribution simply by adopting good hygiene practices during their day-to-day farm operations.

FAO/Rachael Nandalenga – A Farmer in her FAW-damaged maize field in Namibia.

 

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16/11/2018

‘Let the Children Live; End this Horrible War’ – World Food Programme Prepares to Ramp Up Aid to Yemen as Famine Risk Grows

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15 November 2018 – As the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) prepares to ramp up aid to Yemen, in the face of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, David Beasley, Executive-Director of the agency, issued a heartfelt plea for all warring parties to end “this horrible war.”

WFP/Marco Frattini | At the Al Sabeen maternal hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, WFP provides nutritional supplements to treat five-year old Ali Yakya Ali who is affected by severe acute malnutrition as his father looks on. 11 November 2018.
16/11/2018

The Political Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

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By Roberto Savio* 

ROME, November 2018 (Other News)*It is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity.

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Roberto Savio

Therefore, I will bring a lot of data, history and facts, to make it concrete. Data and facts have good value: they focus any debate, while ideas do not.

So those who do not like facts, please stop reading here. You will escape a boring article, as probably all of mine are, because I am not looking to entertain, but to create awareness. If you stop reading, you will also lose a chance to know our sad destiny.

As common in politics now, interests have won over values and vision. The ministers decided (with some resistance from Denmark and Portugal), to reduce Europe’s commitment.

This is going in the Trump direction, who left the Paris Agreement, to privilege American interests, without any attention to the planet. So, Europe is just following.

Of course, those alive now will not pay any price: the next generations will be the victims of a world more and more inhospitable.

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15/11/2018

Small Island States Bear the Brunt of Losses from Climate Change – World Must Help Them Build Resilience to Extreme Weather

With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) bearing the brunt of economic losses from climate change, making them more resilient to extreme weather events must be a priority, said Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), speaking at UN Headquarters in New York on 13 November 2018.

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UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | Scene from Codrington town in Barbuda during the Secretary-General’s visit in mid-October 2017 to survey the damage caused by successive Category-5 hurricanes.
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15/11/2018

Coral Reefs Provide Food and Livelihoods for Hundreds of Millions of People, and Support a Quarter of All Marine Life – Their Future Is ‘Extremely Bleak’

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Sounding the alarm about the urgent need to protect coral reefs from extinction within decades, a new coalition of organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched on Wednesday [14 November 2018] in Egypt during the UN Biodiversity Conference, to galvanize global leadership before it is too late.

Cinzia Osele Bismarck / Coral Reef Image Bank | A diver on a reef in the Red Sea. | Photo from UN News.

“It’s clear to anyone who puts their head below the waves that the fate of the world’s coral reefs is hanging in the balance,” said UNEP chief Erik Solheim. “At the moment these undersea explosions of colour and life face an extremely bleak future.”

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