18/06/2021

‘Drought Has Directly Affected 1.5 Billion People So Far this Century, More than Any Other Slow-Onset Disaster’

17 June 2021 (WMO)* — Drought has directly affected 1.5 billion people so far this century, more than any other slow-onset disaster.
This number will grow dramatically because of climate change, environmental degradation and demographic shifts.

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18/06/2021

UN Chief Urges Debt Relief Extension for More than 100 Middle-Income Countries

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(UN News)* — Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday [17 June 2021].

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© ILO | Workers in a garment factory in Bangladesh.

Addressing a high-level meeting on these nations, which account for more than half of the UN’s 193 Member States, he underlined the need for financing to help them recover in the wake of the global crisis.

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18/06/2021

‘Every Year, More People Die as a Result of Suicide than HIV, Malaria or Breast Cancer ̶or War and Homicide’

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WHO guidance to help the world reach the target of reducing suicide rate by 1/3 by 2030

(WHO)*Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to WHO’s latest estimates, published on 17 June 2021 in “Suicide worldwide in 2019”.

Every year, more people die as a result of suicide than HIV, malaria or breast cancer  ̶  or war and homicide.

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18/06/2021

‘Bring Crimes of Sexual Violence in Conflict Out of ‘the Shadows’, Punish Perpetrators’

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(UN News)* — Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on 17 June 2021 in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

© UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau | Conflict and displacement place women and girls at increased risk of gender-based violence.

Already a “cruel tactic of war, torture, terror and repression”, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed to the turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that “has made it even more difficult to hold perpetrators of sexual violence to account”.

“Even as we respond to the pandemic, we must investigate every case, and maintain essential services for every survivor”, he said.

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17/06/2021

‘It is shameful and tragic that EU countries can’t agree on something as fundamental as saving lives at sea’

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By Human Rights Watch*

EU: Protect Lives on Central Mediterranean Route: 20-Point Action Plan to Protect People at Sea and on the Move

Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021
Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021. © AP Photo/Bruno Thevenin

(Milan) – European Union governments have a collective responsibility to protect the lives and rights of people on the move along the central Mediterranean route, Human Rights Watch on 16 June 2021 said.

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17/06/2021

Q&A: ‘Why Do People Have to Die Before a Famine Is Declared?’

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By Ljubica Vujadinovic*

16 June 2021 (WFP)* — Famine — driven by conflict and fueled by climate shocks and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — could soon become a reality for millions of people. Below, the World Food Programme’s acting director of nutrition, Allison Oman Lawi, explains what famine is — and spells out the urgent need for action to avert it.
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Yemen: A child at a WFP-supported clinic in Hajjah is diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition. Photo: WFP/Issa Al-Ragh

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17/06/2021

‘As Much As One Billion Hectares of Degraded Land Can Be Restored over the Next 10 Years… If There Is Political Will’

17 June 2021 (UNCCD)* — Climate change, overuse and conversion for agriculture, cities and infrastructure mean that one fifth of the planet’s land area is degraded. This damage, which also drives drought and desertification, harms the livelihoods of almost half the planet’s population.

However, as much as one billion hectares can be restored over the next 10 years if there is political will.

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17/06/2021

‘Humanity Is Waging a Relentless, Self-Destructive War on Nature’

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By António Guterres, UN Secretary General*

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Humanity is waging a relentless, self-destructive war on nature.

Biodiversity is declining, greenhouse gas concentrations are rising, and our pollution can be found from the remotest islands to the highest peaks.

We must make peace with nature.

The land can be our greatest ally. But the land is suffering.

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17/06/2021

Nearly Three Quarters of the Earth’s Ice-Free Land, Altered by Humans to Meet Ever-Growing Demand for Food, Raw Materials, Highways, Homes…

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In Faux-Cap, Madagascar, the dunes and their strong winds pose a threat to their crops. With the greenest weapons, its inhabitants worked for 120 days to secure 75 hectares of dunes. Once settled, the risk is over. PHOTO:UNDP Madagascar

16 June 2021 (United Nations)* — The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day to be held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience, creates jobs, raises incomes and increases food security.

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16/06/2021

11 Reasons Why Migrant Workers’ Remittances Are Important

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15 June 2021 (IFAD)* — Every year, on 16 June, the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed to raise further awareness on the abnegation and sacrifice of migrant workers, who support their families and communities of origin through the money they send back home, particularly in these times of crisis.

This year, the IDFR lauds the human spirit and resilience of over 200 million migrants who defied predictions of the pandemic and continued to send money home to their countries of origin.

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16/06/2021

Individual Migrant Workers’ Remittances May Be of ‘Relatively Small Value,’ But Collectively They Are Three Times Greater than Global Official Development Aid

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Over 200 million migrant workers sent US$554 billion back to their families in remittance-reliant countries in 2019. PHOTO:© IFAD

16 June 2021 (United Nations)* — The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and is observed on 16 June. The IDFR recognizes more than 200 million migrant workers, women and men, who send money home to over 800 million family members.

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16/06/2021

Binding Action Urgently Required to Protect Millions of Children and Expectant Mothers’ Health from the Informal e-Waste Processing

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First World Health Organization report on e-waste and child health calls for more effective and binding action to protect children from growing health threat.

15 June 2021 (WHO)* —  Effective and binding action is urgently required to protect the millions of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide whose health is jeopardized by the informal processing of discarded electrical or electronic devices according to a new ground-breaking report from the World Health Organization: Children and Digital Dumpsites.

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© WHO/Abraham Thiga Mwaura | An e-waste worker disassembles items in Ghana.
16/06/2021

5 Things to Know about the Circular Economy

(UN News)*Due to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast. The idea of a more sustainable “circular economy” is gaining traction, but what does this concept mean, and can it help save the planet?
UNDP/Sumaya Agha | Women sort plastic at a recycling plant in Jordan.

1) Business as usual, the path to catastrophe

Unless we make some major adjustments to the way the planet is run, many observers believe that business as usual puts us on a path to catastrophe.

Around 90 per cent of global biodiversity loss and water stress (when the demand for water is greater than the available amount), and a significant proportion of the harmful emissions that are driving climate change, is caused by the way we use and process natural resources.

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14/06/2021

Violence Against Older Persons Is on the Rise

Left: A market vendor sells produce at Victoria Market in Port Victoria, Seychelles. Right: 64 years old, Christine Banlog, has been a market woman for 22 years. She is widowed, and raising her three grandchildren in Nyalla, Cameroon. PHOTO:UN Women/Ryan Brown
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(United Nations)* — Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older persons are at a significantly higher risk of mortality and severe disease following infection, with those over 80 years old dying at five times the average rate.
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An estimated 66% of people aged 70 and over have at least one underlying condition, placing them at increased risk of severe impact from COVID-19.
14/06/2021

7 Things to Know about Lead Exposure

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By UNICEF*

Children around the world are being poisoned by lead on a massive and previously unrecognized scale.

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Lead is a highly poisonous element that is responsible for nearly 1.5 per cent of annual global deaths almost as many deaths as from HIV and AIDS, and more than from malaria.

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14/06/2021

How Can We Eliminate Child Labour in Cotton Production?

(FAO)* — Cotton is one of the most common fabrics in the world, from its origins in ancient India to the modern garments many of us wear today. This durable, versatile and naturally organic fabric is made from the white, fluffy fibres around the seeds of cotton plants.
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Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics around the world, but, in some countries, child labour is common in its production. ©FAO/Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak

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14/06/2021

Almost One in Ten of All Children Worldwide Are in Child Labour

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Children from Collège du Léman and the International School of Geneva performed on the World Day Against Child Labour event (12.06.2017) at 106th Session of the International Labour Conference.

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(United Nations)* — This year’s World Day Against Child Labour focuses on action taken for the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

It is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the ILO’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and takes place at time when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling the problem.

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14/06/2021

Child Labour Rises to 160 Million, with Millions More at Risk Due to the Impacts of COVID-19

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The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn nine million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

GENEVA, 12 June 2021 (ILO)* – The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years – with millions more at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF.

14/06/2021

Above Normal Air and Sea-Surface Temperatures, Expected over the Majority of the Arctic Regions this Summer

11 June 2021 (WMO)*Above normal air and sea-surface temperatures are expected over the majority of the Arctic regions in June, July, and August 2021.
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Lower to near normal ice cover is the predominant forecast while early to near normal break-up of sea ice is expected for most regions. This is according to a new seasonal climate outlook produced by the Arctic Climate Forum.

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14/06/2021

UN Human Rights Chief Urges Accountability for Escalating ‘Catastrophe’ in Myanmar

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(UN News)* – Escalating violence across Myanmar including attacks on civilians must be halted to prevent even greater loss of life and a deepening humanitarian emergency, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on 11 June 2021 said.

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Ms. Bachelet’s appeal follows reports of a continuing military build-up in various parts of the country including Kayah State in the east – where more than 108,000 people have fled their homes in the last three weeks – and in Chin State in the west.

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11/06/2021

AFRICOM Military’s Exercise: The Art of Creating New Pretexts for Propagating US Interests

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By Pavan Kulkarni | People’s Dispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Phoenix Express 2021, the AFRICOM-sponsored military exercise involving 13 countries in the Mediterranean Sea region, concluded last week. While its stated aim was to combat “irregular migration” and trafficking, the US record in the region indicates more nefarious interests.

Tunisian navy personnels aboard USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) on May 23 when the Phoenix Express 2021 was underway. Photo : AFRICOM

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11/06/2021

Nine in 10 African Nations Set to Miss Urgent COVID Vaccination Goal 

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(UN News)* — Nine in 10 African nations look set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10 per cent of their populations against COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO), on 10 June 2021 said.

© UNICEF/Catherine Ntabadde | A nurse prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccination to a patient at a health centre in Kabale, Uganda.

At 32 million doses, Africa accounts for less than one per cent of the more than 2.1 billion doses administered globally.

Just two per cent of the continent’s nearly 1.3 billion people have received one dose, and only 9.4 million Africans are fully vaccinated.

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11/06/2021

Complicit: Nuclear Weapons Spending Increased by $1.4 Billion in 2020

$72.6 billion is how much nine nuclear armed countries spent on their nuclear weapons as the pandemic spread in 2020 and a global treaty banning nuclear weapons took full effect.

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The report “Complicit: 2020 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending” details the spending of these nine countries on their arsenals, the companies that profited, and the lobbyists hired to keep nuclear weapons in business.

This amounts to $137,666 every minute, and (after adjusting for inflation) represents an increase of $1.4 billion from last year. 

The U.S. spent three times more than the next in line- a whopping $37.4 billion.

China was the only other country crossing the ten billion mark, spending $10.1 billion.

Russia had the third highest spending at $8 billion, though the U.K.’s $6.2 billion and the French $5.7 billion weren’t so far behind. 

India, Israel, Pakistan also each spent over a billion on their arsenals, while North Korea spent $667 million.

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08/06/2021

Oceans Are ‘Our Life Source, Supporting Humanity’s Sustenance and that of Every Other Organism on Earth’

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Magnificent sea anemone with its vivid red underside presents its guest, a resident pink skunk anemonefish. Ngemelis Region, Palau, South Pacific. This photo was one of the winners in the UN Oceans Day Photo Contest. PHOTO:Michael Gallagher

The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.

Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.

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08/06/2021

126 Nobel Laureates Warn ‘Humanity Taking Colossal Risks with Our Common Future’

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By Julia Conley*

Ahead of G7, coalition of luminaries says “new relationship with the planet” and “transformational action this decade” absolutely necessary.

Students demonstrate holding signs reading “There is no Planet B” during the Fridays for Future climate strikes in May 2019. (Photo: Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images)

A group of 126 Nobel laureates and other experts today called on the leaders of the G7 nations and the United Nations secretary-general to help put the global community on a path to establishing “a new relationship with the planet,” as the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic and faces a coming decade which will be “decisive” in determining whether the Earth remains habitable.

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08/06/2021

Four Reasons Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Affects Us and What We Can Do about It

7 June 2021 (FAO)* — Don’t let the words put you off: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing has a greater impact on your life than you may realise.
 
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Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is one of the biggest threats to our oceans. ©Cristiano Minichiello

IUU fishing is one of the biggest threats to our oceans, impacting the sustainability of fisheries, the livelihoods of fishers and coastal communities and the protection of aquatic ecosystems. It also impacts consumers who could be cheated in terms of what fish they are buying, where it comes from or how it is caught.

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05/06/2021

4 Films about Illegal Fishing – One of the World’s Most Lucrative and Dangerous Industries

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Image from Greenpeace International.

Sounds like the premise of a brand new Netflix series, but instead this is the reality of what happens in one of the world’s most lucrative industries. And the secret activity worth billions of dollars? Fish.

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05/06/2021

Rethinking Food Systems

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4 June 2021 (UNEP)* Over decades, as populations have grown, more people are consuming – and wasting more food– than ever before. Unsustainable food production and consumption patterns are a common thread, running through many of the greatest challenges facing humanity today.

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05/06/2021

Worsening Soil Pollution Threatens Future Food Production and Ecosystems

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Joint report reveals soil pollution as one of the world’s major challenges for ecosystem restoration

Photo: ©FAO/Aamir Qureshi

Smoke rises from kiln factories close to wheat fields in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

ROME (FAO)*  – Worsening soil pollution and waste proliferation threaten the future of global food production, human health and the environment, and require an urgent global response, according to a joint report released on 4 June 2021 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme.

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05/06/2021

Becoming #GenerationRestoration – Key Messages

UN Environment Programme | A beach clean-up in Mumbai, India, illustrates how plastic debris in the ocean leads to the deaths of millions of seabirds every year (file photo).

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Countries need to deliver on their existing commitments to restore 1 billion hectares of degraded land and make similar commitments for marine and coastal areas.

The fulfilment of these commitments is not simply something that is ‘nice to have’.

Restoration is essential for keeping global temperature rise below 2°C, ensuring food security for a growing population and slowing the rate of species extinctions.

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05/06/2021

Becoming #GenerationRestoration: Ecosystem Restoration for People, Nature and Climate

4 June 2021 (UNEP)* — To launch the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, UNEP has released this synthesis report as a call to action for anyone and everyone to join the #GenerationRestoration movement to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.

04/06/2021

UN’s Battle Against Climate Hazards Undermined by a Devastating Pandemic

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UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4 2021 (IPS)* – The United Nations has been in the forefront of an ongoing battle against the growing hazards of climate change, including the destruction of different species of plants and animals, the danger of rising sea-levels threatening the very existence of small island developing states (SIDS), and the risks of oceans reaching record temperatures endangering aquatic resources.

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Restoring natural habitats as pictured here in Cuba will help to slow down climate change. A new UN-backed study released May 27 says annual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030, and increase four-fold by 2050, if the world is to successfully tackle the triple threat of climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises. Credit: UNDP

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04/06/2021

Stop Attacks on Children – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

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On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.
04/06/2021

The African Green Stimulus Programme: Restoring Ecosystems, Central to Green Recovery

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3 June 2021 (UNEP)* — When African Ministers of Environment voted to adopt a green stimulus initiative in December 2020 that tied environmental incentives to economic and social recovery in a post-COVID-19 world, the mandate to build back better following the pandemic sprang to life.

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The African Green Stimulus Programme that was agreed by 54 ministers at the eighth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) reaffirmed the continent’s commitment to protect and sustainably use natural resources.

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04/06/2021

Pakistan’s Ten Billion Tree Tsunami

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4 June 2021 (UNEP)* — As Pakistan prepares for World Environment Day, on June 5, the country has shown it is prepared to lead the way in ecosystem restoration with its Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project.

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The ambitious project- which is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – sets out to plant ten billion trees by 2023. Launched in 2019, the project has just reached a new milestone – planting of the billionth tree.

This year also sees the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 and projects such as the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami are key to preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.

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04/06/2021

World Environment Day 2021 Launches Global Drive to Restore Nature

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4 June 2021 (UNEP)* — With the world beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increasing recognition that healing from the pandemic is linked to healing the planet.

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03/06/2021

Global Food Prices Rose in May at Their Fastest Monthly Rate in over Ten Years

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ROME (FAO)* – Global food prices rose in May at their fastest monthly rate in more than a decade, even as world cereal production is on course to reach a new record high, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 3 June 2021 reported.

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Maize growing in North Macedonia.

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 127.1 points in May, 4.8 percent higher than in April and 39.7 percent higher than in May 2020.

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03/06/2021

Climate Change Fans Spread of Pests and Threats Plants and Crops

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Pests destroy up to 40 percent of global crops and cost $220 billion of losses

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Rome (FAO)* – Due to the impact of climate change, plant pests that ravage economically important crops are becoming more destructive and posing an increasing threat to food security and the environment, finds a scientific review released on 2 June 2021.

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03/06/2021

Countries Must Deliver on Their Commitment to Restore One Billion Hectares of Land – About the Size of China

03/06/2021

‘Simply No Scenario’ Where Humanity Can Survive on an Ocean-Free Planet

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(UN News)* — The world must harness “clear, transformative and actionable solutions” to address the ocean crisis, the President of the UN General Assembly on 1 June 2021 said, opening a meeting to generate momentum towards the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, when public health safety measures allow.

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“Simply speaking, our relationship with our planet’s ocean must change”, Assembly President Volkan Bozkir told a high-level thematic debate on the ocean and Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14): Life Below Water.
31/05/2021

Fame or Shame? Norway and the Nobel Peace Prize

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By Fredrik S. Heffermehl – TRANSCEND Media Service*

USS “Stoltenberg” – Norway, now the newest US aircraft carrier

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Some years back Norwegian foreign minister Thorvald Stoltenberg took wise steps to reduce confrontation with Russia through a Barents Council for civilian cooperation.

This was in prolongation of a long Labor tradition, initiated by the legendary Prime Minister Einar Gerhardsen, who started a policy of low tension with the neighboring Soviet Union: No foreign bases, restraint with military exercises in the North, no nuclear weapons in Norway or our waters.

Last week Stoltenberg´s son, Jens, now leader of NATO, dishonored a high-level meeting for civilian corporation in the Arctic Council in Reykjavik by NATO holding a large navy maneuver in that part of the Atlantic.

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31/05/2021

The King Is Dead. Long Live the People!

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How to hide a democracy that is not one

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May 2021 (Wall Street International)*The notion of political parties in the non-United States existing along a neat and orderly linear continuum from left to right (or right to left depending on your predilection I suppose) is yet another American fantasy about ourselves, outdated at best and madly simplistic at worst.

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31/05/2021

Appreciate All Parents Throughout the World

A Bangladesh family.

Dressed in his firefighter uniform, Mohammad Jahirul Islam, 28, carries his daughter, Jisha, 3, to the daycare center she attends at the garment factory, where he and his wife (right) work in Narayangonj, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2018. PHOTO:© UNICEF/UN0292180/Sokol

31 May 2021 (United Nations)* — Since the 1980s, the important role of the family has increasingly come to the attention of the international community. The General Assembly adopted a number of resolutions and proclaimed the International Year of the Family and the International Day of Families.

Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognizes that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children.

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31/05/2021

More than 100 Reasons to Quit Tobacco

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31 May 2021 (WHO)* — Tobacco causes 8 million deaths every year. When evidence was released this year that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco.

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Quitting can be challenging, especially with the added social and economic stress that have come as a result of the pandemic, but there are a lot of reasons to quit.

The benefits of quitting tobacco are almost immediate:

  • After just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your heart rate drops.
  • Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • Within 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and lung function increases.
  • Within 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • Within 5-15 years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

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30/05/2021

The UK’s Immigration Plans Are a Gift to Criminal Gangs, Traffickers and Exploiters

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By Zoe Gardner*

Home secretary Priti Patel seems set on returning public opinion on migration to pre-2016 levels

Priti Patel has accused those who disagree with her stance on immigration of ‘seeking to sow dissent’ | PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

28 May 2021 (openDemocracy)* — On Monday 24 May, home secretary Priti Patel laid out the next steps in her department’s plan to ‘overhaul’ the UK immigration system. It followed proposals earlier this year to rip up the UK’s refugee protection principles.

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