30/03/2020

Portugal Grants Citizens’ Rights to Migrants During Pandemic

“It is a duty of a society of solidarity in times of crisis to ensure that migrant citizens have access to health and social security,” the Minister of Internal Affairs said.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa's socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies. | Photo: EFE (Photo from teleSUR’s article).

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29 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — The current socialist government in Portugal decided to grant citizenship rights to all migrants and asylum seekers with pending residency applications from Monday until July 1 at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s authorities announced Saturday [28 March 2020].

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30/03/2020

Slums, Camps, Terrorism: Experts Worry about Coronavirus Hitting South Asia

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UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS)* – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population

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The first case of coronavirus was found near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.Over a million Rohingya refugees are now cramped in hilly terrains of Ukhiya in southeastern regions of Cox’s Bazar along Bangladesh border with Myanmar. Credit: ASM Suza Uddin/IPS

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30/03/2020

A Battle Plan for Ensuring Global Food Supplies During the COVID-19 Crisis

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FAO’s Chief Economist maps the ways the world can mitigate shocks to agriculture and food systems (*).

Photo: ©FAO/Ariel Sophia Bardi

Global food supply chains are complex and include these kale farmers in Uganda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on a crisis footing, with unprecedented actions to restrict movements and plans for radical deployment of public funds to combat the threat posed by a novel coronavirus that knows no boundaries.
30/03/2020

First Person: False Promises in Mauritania

Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.
© Sibylle Desjardins / IOM | Mouna went to a Gulf country with the help of a recruitment agency, she was lied to, and trafficked.
28 March 2020 (UN News)*Mauritania, where the job market has been tight in recent years, has seen many people fall prey to the patter of so-called hiring agents, who sell false promises of lucrative job opportunities abroad, and charge a hefty price for their services.

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30/03/2020

Syrian Refugees Aid Vulnerable Swiss amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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By Tim Gaynor and Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin – UNHCR- UN Refugee Agency*

As the elderly and unwell self-isolate, a network of Syrians provides a vital bridge to the outside world for Swiss in greatest need. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Shadi Shhadeh holds up a flyer offering the support of Syrian refugees to shop for COVID-19 most vulnerable in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. © UNHCR/Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin

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30/03/2020

USA: Immediately Revoke COVID-19 Suspension of Environmental Protections

29/03/2020

Has the Crash Arrived?

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By David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The headlines provide abundant details about economic shutdowns in order to slow the spread of the COV-19 virus.

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Dr. David Adams

But behind the headlines, there is another story more important in the long run: the global economy is a house of cards based on speculation and military spending.

It seems likely that the house of cards will come crashing down as a result of the global economic shutdown.

The details of how this will come about in economic terms are difficult to predict since there are so many interacting factors.

But even more important is how this can play out in political repercussions and opportunities.

Will it provide us with the opportunity to make the transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace?In the novella that I wrote ten years ago, I foresaw a global economic crash in the year 2020, which opened the possibility for this radical transformation.

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29/03/2020

Chinese Zodiac

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Hidden secrets to discover future

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Chinese zodiac | Image from Wall Street International.

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What Is Chinese Astrology?

24 March 2020 — (Wall Street International* — Chinese astrology and constellations were mostly used for divination. Chinese astrology is perhaps the oldest known horoscope system in the world.

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29/03/2020

First Person: Hawaii’s ‘Silver Tsunami’: the Challenge of Caring for Kupuna Elders

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UN News/Daniel Dickinson | Diane Paloma is the CEO of Lunalilo Home in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Diane Paloma is the CEO of Lunalilo Home and the King William Charles Lunalilo Trust which cares for elderly people in Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii.
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Some 80 residents and day-care clients are looked after at Lunalilo, which was established in 1883 following a bequest by King William Charles Lunalilo, the first of a long line of Hawaiian kings to be formally elected by the island’s people.
28/03/2020

Chile: Piñera’s Gov’t Asks Homeless People to ‘Stay Home’

“This is a population that has a poor nutritional status, and also has diseases that have not been treated, so they are more likely to contract the virus.”

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26 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — Chile’s government requested the homeless population to “stay at home” and to maintain hygiene to prevent Covid-19. The administrative request generates mockeries and polemic reactions.
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Chile’s Social Development and Family Minister, Sebastian Sichel, affirmed that his administration is asking the ones who live on the streets to go back to their houses.
28/03/2020

I Am a Migrant: “There Came a Point Where I Needed My Own Freedom”

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“I came from a big family and I am the youngest girl. My parents never wanted me to leave and work abroad. We are very close, and they used to tell me “you are here – you don’t know how to live abroad.” (*).

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28/03/2020

Former Child Bride, Once Sold to Pay Debts, Finds a New Start

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KURDISTAN, Iraq, 26 March 2020 (UNFPA)*  – Intisar* was only 15 years old when her parents forced her into a marriage. She described it as an act of commerce: They sold her to another family to pay off a debt. “It is the worst feeling in the world to be traded off like that by the people who are supposed to protect you,” said the now-37-year-old Intisar, during a recent interview.

 

28/03/2020

What Do You Want to Know?

March 2020 (FAO)* — Do you see the world in numbers? Do you study charts like an art lover studies Renoir? Do you love statistics in all its forms? Well, FAO does too! When it comes to food and agriculture data, FAO is one of the world leaders in knowledge.
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Build up your knowledge on food and agriculture with some of these key FAO databases. ©Andis Rea/shutterstock.com

Subject experts and in-house statisticians work day in and day out to collect, validate and disseminate data and information on food and agriculture, from hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty to food systems and the sustainable use of natural resources.

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27/03/2020

Migrants in Hawaii Care for the Elderly, the Aloha Way

27 March 2020 (UN News)* —  Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children continues to grow.
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It’s three o’clock in the afternoon at the Lunalilo Home, a residential and day care centre for elderly people nestling at the foot of a dormant volcano on the outskirts of Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii.

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27/03/2020

Counteroffensive Against Cyber COVID-19

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By Fernando Velázquez*

The dangerousness of the pandemic online

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Cyber COVID-19 | Image from Wall Street International.

27 March 2020 (Wall Street International)*  — We are in the middle of a pandemic crisis, and it is imperative to know all the angles that are affecting, because obviously at this moment we are not conscious of it. Due to quarantine, physical crimes have decreased, but on the other hand, cyberattacks have been increasing considerably, as the environment is just right for cybercriminals to strike, and since the world is completely dependent on Internet and computers, we need to be extremely careful to keep them alive and “healthy”.

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27/03/2020

Democracy in Brazil Would Not Be Normal, Bolsonaro Threatens

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The far-right president hints that a regime more authoritarian than Chile’s Augusto Pinochet dictatorship could be the “price to pay” due to the “chaos” that the “small flu” triggers.

President Jair Bolsonaro at a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, March 23, 2020.President Jair Bolsonaro at a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, March 23, 2020. | Photo: EFE (Photo posted here from teleSur’s article).

26 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro Wednesday [25 March 2020] affirmed that democracy runs the risk of “ending” if the crisis caused by the coronavirus leads to “chaos.”

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27/03/2020

Brazil: ‘Covid-19 Can Decimate Indigenous Peoples’ Doctor Warns

Respiratory diseases have been the leading cause of death among indigenous populations.

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Guarani Mbya Indigenous people near the Jaragua village, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 10, 2020.Guarani Mbya Indigenous people near the Jaragua village, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 10, 2020. | Photo: EFE (Photo posted here from teleSUR’s article).

25 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — The Sao Paulo Federal University (UNIFESP) researcher Sofia Mendonca Wednesday warned that Brazilian Indigenous peoples can be decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic if there are no forceful containment actions.

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27/03/2020

From the Field: Threatened Brazilian Activist Fights for Slavery Descendants’ Rights

UN Brazil/Joana Berwanger | Damião Braga is an activist and community leader.
Damião Braga is  a quilombola leader, a term which originally referred to enslaved African people and which is now used to describe the descendants of these populations.

Mr. Braga leads Pedra do Sal, one of the main urban quilombola communities, which has been fighting a long-standing judicial and administrative battle to obtain ownership of properties in central Rio, now owned by the State and claimed by the Catholic Church.

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26/03/2020

Meet the Angels

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By Cinzia Di Loreto*

In your inner life, the place of absolute peace that exists inside you

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23 March 2020 (Wall Street International)* — Where would you go if you wanted to meet an Angel? In a sacred place? In a wonderful natural environment? In the infinite space? Yes, all these places are perfect, and they allow you to meet the angelic energies, but there is one even better: your inner life, the place of absolute peace that exists inside you.

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26/03/2020

Linked Dangers to Civilization

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By John Scales Avery*

Many of the serious dangers that we face today can be addressed by reforming our economic systems

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Reforming our economic systems | Image from Wall Street International.

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25 March 2020 (Wall Street International)*   — I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the most serious dangers which the world faces today. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link.

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26/03/2020

Virus Which Causes COVID-19 Threatens Great Ape Conservation

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Interview with Johannes Refisch, United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership Programme, Manager and Coordinator

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Photo by: Pierre Aden/Visual Hunt

25 March 2020 (UN Environment)* — Both great ape research and tourism have allowed people to learn about chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans, and to observe them from a close proximity. Great ape tourism also serves as an important source of revenue for governments and communities, and a significant proportion of this income is reinvested in the protection of endangered species and their natural habitats.

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26/03/2020

Helping Migrant Shipwreck Survivors to Deal with Trauma

© IOM | Psychodrama being used by IOM as a tool to shed light on the mental health challenges faced by returnees
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Sulayman*, an 18 year old from the North Bank region of The Gambia in West Africa, says that he will never forget what he saw, the day that he was caught up in a devastating tragedy: the ship he was travelling on sank off the Mauritanian coast, drowning at least 62 people who had left the country, in the hope of a better life elsewhere.

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26/03/2020

‘We Urgently Need to Raise Our Voices against All Expressions of Racism and Instances of Racist Behaviour’ – Int’l Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade

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(UN News)* — In his message for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, observed on Wednesday [25 March 2020], the UN Secretary-General called for the dismantling of racist structures and institutions so that the world can move forward.

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz | Details from ‘Ark of Return,’ the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
25/03/2020

The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US

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By Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished. The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced. Its goal is to make the masses ‘available,’ by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination.

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Edward Curtin

The second category involves the creation of a sort of temporary impulsiveness in its objects.  It operates by simple pressure and is often contradictory (since contradictory mass movement are sometimes necessary).”  – Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

The French-Algerian writer Albert Camus’ great 1947 novel, The Plague, is a warning to us today, but a warning in disguise.

When he died sixty years ago at the young age of forty-six, he had already written The Stranger, The Fall, and The Plague, and had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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25/03/2020

COVID-19: India Imposes a 21-Day Lockdown, in Line with WHO Guidance

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(UN News)* — India’s decision to impose a 21-day lockdown, which was announced on Tuesday [24 March 2020], comes after a call from the UN health agency, WHO, for the country to take “aggressive action”.

UN India | Normally bustling streets in cities across India were mostly deserted as the country observed the shutdown.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s order for the country’s 1.3 billion people to stay home, is an escalation of the 07:00 – 21:00 “Janata curfew” introduced on March 22, and it comes a day after the government grounded all domestic flights.
25/03/2020

Radical Missionaries in the Amazon Put Isolated Tribes at Risk

Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus could wipe out any of Brazil’s indigenous isolated tribes.

Around 100 isolated groups live in Brazil’s Amazon with 16 of them in the same reserve in the Javari Valley. Around 100 isolated groups live in Brazil’s Amazon with 16 of them in the same reserve in the Javari Valley. | Photo: EFE (Photo posted here from teleSUR’s article).

24 March 2020 (teleSUR)* —  Isolated tribes in the Brazilian Amazon are at high risk of contracting deadly diseases including the coronavirus because of missionaries who swore to convert all of them, a report from the Guardian published Monday revealed.

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25/03/2020

New WHO Recommendations to Prevent Tuberculosis Aim to Save Millions of Lives

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GENEVA, 24 March 2020 (WHO)* — New World Health Organization (WHO) guidance will help countries accelerate efforts to stop people with tuberculosis (TB) infection becoming sick with TB by giving them preventive treatment. 中文 |  Français  | Русский  | Español   |

A quarter of the world‘s population is estimated to be infected with TB bacteria. These people are neither sick nor contagious. However, they are at greater risk of developing TB disease, especially those with weakened immunity.

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25/03/2020

Amidst Pandemic, Now Is the Time for Action to Also Beat the World’s Deadliest Infectious Killer: Tuberculosis, Urges World Health Organization

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(UN News)*As countries across the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Health agency reminded everyone on Tuesday [24 March 2020], World Tuberculosis Day 2020, that TB remains the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

UNDP/Aurélia Rusekn|nA Somali refugee who was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2017 holds her chest x-ray in a camp in Djibouti where she lives with her family.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a quarter of the global population is estimated to be infected with TB bacteria.
24/03/2020

Civilized, Barbarians, Savages

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By Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A civilization or culture is defined as a set of customs, traditions, ethics, values, language, music, dance, gastronomy, clothing, religion, and social and political organization of a people, ethnic group, tribe, or nation.

British scholars of the 19th century classified the peoples and races as Civilized, Barbarians and Savages, based on their respective “evolutions.” Such classification was based primarily on three factors:

  1. Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution;
  2. the Industrial Revolution in the beginning of industrial capitalism; and
  3. the Reformation of the Catholic Church, the schism from which Protestantism arose.

False premises that led to false conclusions.

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24/03/2020

White Supremacists, Yellow Peril and “Chinese Virus” Add to a Volatile Political Mix

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UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 2020 (IPS)* – When US President Donald Trump repeatedly characterized the fast-spreading COVID-19 as a “Chinese virus” last week, it prompted some white supremacists to resurrect an age old ethnic slur against Chinese and East Asians: the “Yellow Peril” which, in a bygone era, was touted as a xenophobic threat to the Western world.

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24/03/2020

Five Fun Activities to Teach Your Children about Plastic Pollution

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It can be difficult to occupy your children with exciting activities for hours on end, especially when you may also be working from home.

Here are some ideas of that you can do with your children at home to teach them about the plastic pollution problem.

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24/03/2020

Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge

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By Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

While humans stand on the brink of precipitating our own extinction, with the prospects of now averting this remote – see ‘Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth’ – virtually everyone remains unaware of the critical nature of our plight.

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Robert J. Burrowes,

Moreover, the ongoing human death toll from the activities that are generating this crisis numbers in the many millions each year while the number of species driven to extinction is estimated at 200 per day.

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23/03/2020

Germany Already FLATTENING the Curve of Covid-19 Infections, Says Public Health Chief

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23 March 2020 (RT)* – The head of Germany’s public health institute claims that the rate of new coronavirus infection in the country is showing signs of flattening, highlighting the success of social distancing measures adopted nationwide.

23/03/2020

European Markets Tumble as Global Health Crisis Takes Toll on Economy

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23 March 2020 (RT)* — Stock markets around the world are starting the week mostly lower as the spread of the coronavirus continues to drag down the global economy,

23/03/2020

The Wonder Trees that Nurture Marine Biodiversity

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22 March 2020 (UN Environment)* — This 2020 theme for the International Day of Forests on 22 March is Forests and Biodiversity. It’s an often-quoted fact that forests are home to 80 per cent of terrestrial biodiversity, but did you know that one type of tree also supports marine biodiversity—the mangrove tree?

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Awareness is growing among governments and coastal communities in tropical countries of the incredible value of mangroves to nature and humans.

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23/03/2020

Setting Emotional Boundaries in Relationships

22 March 2020 (Wall Street International)* — Have you ever felt taken for granted in your relationships? Have you taken care of others needs more than yourself, to the point of exhaustion? Do you find it difficult to say no? Have you struggled with getting yourself heard and acknowledged? If your answer is yes, you are not alone.
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Setting emotional boundaries in relationships is a conscious process | Image from Wall Street International.
22/03/2020

World Meteorological Day

22/03/2020

Economic Slowdown as a Result of COVID Is No Substitute for Climate Action – World Meteorological Organization

22/03/2020

Today, 1 in 3 People Live Without Safe Drinking Water. How Is the Water in Your Country?

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Children carrying a water container in Jowhar, Somalia (2013). UN/Tobin Jones.

#SafeHands on #WorldWaterDay

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22/03/2020

Water and Climate Change ‘We Cannot Afford to Wait’

22 March 2020 (World Water Day)* — Climate delay is almost as dangerous as climate denial. Every country in the world must work more quickly.

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What do we mean when we say: ‘We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans’?

Extreme weather events are making water more scarce, more unpredictable, more polluted or all three.

Humans need water to survive, as do all the systems we rely on: sanitation, healthcare, education, business and industry.

Action plans to tackle climate change need to be integrated across different sectors and coordinated across borders. And they must have one thing in common: safe and sustainable water management.

Water and Climte Change: What Do We Mean?

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22/03/2020

World Water Day: Often Overlooked, Water Resources Are Essential Part of Solution to Climate Change

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22 March 2020 (UN News)*On World Water Day, the United Nations is calling on everyone to take action to save the planet and its water, with the launch of a flagship report that says reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major changes in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources.

UNDP Belarus | In Belarus, peat bogs like the one pictured here, are being revitalized and act as effective carbon sinks, which can absorb and capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and reduce its concentration in the air.

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22/03/2020

Thirsting for Water Security?

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BERLIN, Germany, Mar 20 2020 (IPS)* – Water is essential and indispensable for life on earth. We know that; and many of us have perhaps heard, written and uttered these words themselves a ‘million’ times.

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Primary School students in Grenada are seen here working together to promote awareness on water conservation on World Water Day. Credit: Global Water Partnership

Therefore, I am astonished and increasingly worried about the relatively low-level of attention and priority accorded to water at the practical-political level.

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21/03/2020

Plagues and People – The Coronavirus in a Historical Perspective

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STOCKHOLM / ROME, Mar 19 2020 (IPS)* – The human factor is intimately involved in the origin, spread, and mitigation of the Coronavirus and we cannot afford to ignore that our future existence depends on compassion and cooperation. Response matters!
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21/03/2020

1.6 Billion People – Including Over 2,000 Indigenous Cultures – Depend on Forests for Their Livelihoods, Medicine, Fuel, Food and Shelter

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The massive wildfires in the Amazon, Australia, Central Africa, East Asia and Siberia last year brought forests to the headlines.

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21 March 2020 (UNESCO)* — Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth. It is estimated that around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicine, fuel, food and shelter.

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21/03/2020

Forests and Biodiversity ‘Too Precious to Lose’ – International Forests Day

20/03/2020

COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate; Nor Should Our Response

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Geneva, 20 March 2020 (IOM)*  – As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Network on Migration salutes the immense efforts to date to combat this crisis and urges that all – including migrants regardless of their migratory status – are included in efforts to mitigate and roll back this illness’s impact.

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To that end, migrants must be seen as both potential victims and as an integral part of any effective public health response. It is particularly important that all authorities make every effort to confront xenophobia, including where migrants and others are subject to discrimination or violence linked to the origin and spreading of the pandemic.

COVID-19 does not discriminate, and nor should our response, if it is to succeed.

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20/03/2020

Accounting for 85% of Flooding Cases, Flash Floods Are among the World’s Deadliest Disasters: World Meteorological Organization

Flash Flood Guidance System saves lives

20 March 2020 (World Meteorological Organization)* –  Flash floods cause more than 5,000 deaths worldwide annually, exceeding any other flood-related event. They have enough power to change the course of rivers, bury houses in mud, and sweep away or destroy whatever is on their path.

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