Archive for December 14th, 2011

14/12/2011

$7.7 Billion Urgently Needed to Save Desperate Human Beings

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – The UN and its partners called for $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 51 million people in 16 countries over the course of next year.

Credit: UN

Just for comparative purposes, it is estimated that the U.S. has spent some $4 trillion spent on its war on Iraq, while the world spends well over 1,6 trillion dollars a year on weapons.

At the same time, the nine nuclear-armed nations will spend in 2011 an estimated US$105 billion maintaining and modernizing their nuclear weapons, according to Tim Wright, from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Millions of people will be affected by emergencies caused or worsened by the impact of climate change, insecurity over food and water, economic and political crises, migration, urbanization and rapid population growth,” UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said at the launch of the appeal on December 14.

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14/12/2011

The Palestinian Flag Flies at UNESCO

Human Wrongs Watch

Paris – The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the agency marked Palestine’s admission as a full member.

Credit: UN

Senior UNESCO officials and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attended the ceremony on December 13, which follows the decision of the agency’s General Conference on 31 October to admit Palestine as UNESCO 195th member.

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