19/10/2017

What Do You Really Eat When You Order a Steak, Fish or Chicken Filet?

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ROME, Oct 18 2017 (IPS) – The world is running out of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned while announcing the World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 13-19 November.

Cattle is by far the most susceptible livestock to Bovine TB (animal tuberculosis). Credit: FAO

The reason, according to WHO, is that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. See: The World Is Running Out of Much Needed New Antibiotics Continue reading

19/10/2017

US Withdrawal from UNESCO: Abandonment of Principles

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, Oct 18 2017 (IPS) A woman shopkeeper is standing on a plastic chair to avoid knee high swirling rainwater mixed with sewage.

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UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Credit: UNESCO

“I work with a women’s cooperative selling products made by Palestinian women in my shop. The sewage water has gone into the electric wires, so I have no electricity. Everything in the shop is destroyed. The metal door [that was] installed to protect the settlers prevents the water from flowing out into the main drain. . . . This means we suffer every time it rains. They [the settlers] want us to move from here. This is why they make our life hard,” she cries. Continue reading

19/10/2017

Alert: A New Strain of Fungus Threatening World’s Bananas

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on 18 October that it is working with partners to help protect the world’s banana crops a new strain of fungus, known as Fusarium wilt TR4, which can last for years in the soil.

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Banana traders awaiting customers at the local market in Tuleba, Tanzania. Photo: FAO

According to FAO, the “insidious” fungus poses major risks to global banana production and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world’s most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income.

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19/10/2017

Central African Republic: Growing Communal Tensions, Spreading Violence, Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation

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18 October 2017 – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic early next week to draw attention to the fragile situation in the country “that is often far from the media spotlight.”

 

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Humanitarian support reaches the town of Bria, the capital of Haute-Kotto prefecture in the Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA CAR

“Across the country, communal tensions are growing. Violence is spreading. And the humanitarian situation is deteriorating,” the Secretary-General said. Continue reading

18/10/2017

Libya: Smugglers Holding Refugees and Migrants in Deplorable Conditions – UN

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17 October 2017 – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli.

UNHCR teams in Libya have been responding to the urgent humanitarian needs in and around Sabratha, a city located some 80 kilometres west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Photo: UNHCR

“The refugees and migrants were taken to a hangar in the Dahman area in Sabratha that has been serving as an assembly point since the onset of the crisis,” Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters Tuesday 17 October in Geneva.
17/10/2017

Thousands of Muslim Rohingya Refugees Stranded Near Bangladesh-Myanmar Border 

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17 October 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees who are stranded in paddy fields near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Thousands of new Rohingya refugee arrivals cross the border near Anzuman Para village, Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

“Since Sunday night, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Ukhia district in the country’s south-east,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters Tuesday in Geneva.
17/10/2017

Driven to Extremes–How Poverty Fuels Extremism, and How to Help Africa’s Youth

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African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldier greets a group of children during a patrol in the Kaa’ran district of Somali capital, Mogadishu. Credit: UN Photo/Stuart Price

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17/10/2017

Lift Protest Ban, Protect Judiciary, Preserve Civil Society Role — UN Rights Experts Urge Kenya

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16 October 2017 – Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans.

Independent Expert on Human Rights Michel Forst. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré

“It is precisely when political tensions are high that governments should do their utmost to let people express their grievances and to protect their rights,” said the experts in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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17/10/2017

Dams Hurt Indigenous and Fishing Communities in Brazilian Amazon

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ALTA FLORESTA, Brazil, Oct 16 2017 (IPS) – The dirty water is killing more and more fish and ‘Taricaya’ yellow-spotted river turtles every day. In addition, the river is not following its usual cycle, and the water level rises or declines without warning, regardless of the season, complained three Munduruku indigenous law students in the south of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
The Teles Pires river along the stretch between Sinop and Colider, two cities from which two new hydropower stations take their name, which are transforming the northern part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a major energy generator and producer and exporter of soybean, maize and beef. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

The Teles Pires river along the stretch between Sinop and Colider, two cities from which two new hydropower stations take their name, which are transforming the northern part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a major energy generator and producer and exporter of soybean, maize and beef. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

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17/10/2017

Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate Change, Conflicts to End Global Hunger

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Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, on 16 October stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency.

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Address by His Holiness Pope Francis. World Food Day Ceremony, FAO Headquarters (Plenary hall). Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

“It is clear that wars and climatic change are a cause of hunger, so let’s not present it as if hunger is an incurable disease,” the Pontiff said during his key note address marking the Day at headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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