Archive for December 9th, 2012

09/12/2012

Mr. Ban ‘Welcomes’ Failure of Climate Change Talks in Doha

Human Wrongs Watch

While scientists and environmentists expressed alarm at the failure of the Qatari capital’s meeting to reach a new binding agreement to save the Earth from the catastrophic impact of climate change, the UN secretary general welcomed the outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, saying it paves the way to a comprehensive, legally binding agreement by 2015

Climate change is a growing cause of displacement in Africa, where some areas have been devastated by drought. Photo: UNHCR/B. Bannon

Climate change is a growing cause of displacement in Africa, where some areas have been devastated by drought. Photo: UNHCR/B. Bannon

The two-week meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, wrapped up on 8 December 2012 in the Qatari capital, with delegates reportedly agreeing to extend the Protocol, whose first commitment period expires at the end of this year, until 2020.

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09/12/2012

Human Rights Day: Does Your Voice Count … Really?

Millions of people have gone on to the streets over the past few years, in countries all across the world, emboldened by what is happening elsewhere, some demanding civil and political rights, others demanding economic, social and cultural rights, says top UN human rights official, marking the Human Rights Day on 10 December 2012.

Human Rights Day 2012:  participation in public life is fundamental to democracy and an effective human rights protection system© UN DPI New York

Human Rights Day 2012: participation in public life is fundamental to democracy and an effective human rights protection system © UN DPI New York

This groundswell is not simply a question of people demanding freedom of expression and freedom to say what they think and make clear what they want, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Navi Pillay.

“They are asking for much more than that. They are asking for an end to a situation where governments simply decide what is best for their populations without even consulting them.”

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09/12/2012

Economic Growth in Mongolia Not Benefiting the Poor

Human Wrongs Watch

While the Mongolian economy has experienced continued growth, this has not benefited the country’s poor, a United Nations independent expert warned, urging the Government to adopt poverty reduction strategies based on human rights approaches.
Mongolian women laying out milk curds | By Steven Burt from Portland, USA | Wikimedia Commons

Mongolian women laying out milk curds | By Steven Burt from Portland, USA | Wikimedia Commons

“While some parts of the country are being transformed, poverty remains very high and is becoming entrenched not only in rural areas but also in urban centres as the income gap widens and inequality increases” said the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda.

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