Archive for July 11th, 2014

11/07/2014

28 Million Egyptians Living in Slums by 2025?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*,  Cairo, July 2014 – A couple of years ago, some Egyptian media hailed reports by the UN World Health Organisation and the UN Human Settlements Programme on slums, by saying that the United Nations considers Egyptian “cemetery-slums” or “grave slums” as the best ever of their kind in this country of 95 million inhabitants.

A tomb retrofitted as a residence in the City of the Dead, Cairo, Egypt. | Author: Rgoogin | GNU Free Documentation License | Under Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License | Wikimedia Commons

A tomb retrofitted as a residence in the City of the Dead, Cairo, Egypt. | Author: Rgoogin | GNU Free Documentation License | Under Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License | Wikimedia Commons

But such statement was anything but accurate–in fact if Cairo’s large “cemetery-slum” , which is known as “City of the Dead”, could be somehow considered slightly better of than others, is just because it has been absorbed by the capital and therefore can in a way benefit from some of public facilities, such as water, power and public transport.

Apart from not being accurate, what probably these media did not expect is that the number of the current 10 million slum dwellers is estimated to grow to up to 28 million, i.e. one of four Egyptians by 2015.

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11/07/2014

Half the World Is Under 25, and Half of Those Employed Are “Stuck in Low-wage, Dead-end jobs”

Human Wrongs Watch

11 July 2014 – Half the world is under 25 years of age – nearly 90 per cent of them in developing countries, according to UN figures. However, half of those employed from the group are either unemployed or in UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s words, “stuck in low-wage, dead-end jobs.”
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Young people contributing to a workshop on climate change in Iguiwaz, Morocco. Photo: UNDP/CBA Baptiste de Ville d’Avray

Young people contributing to a workshop on climate change in Iguiwaz, Morocco. Photo: UNDP/CBA Baptiste de Ville d’Avray

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With 1.8 billion young people around the world – the largest generation of youth in history – senior United Nations officials marked World Population Day with calls for a renewed commitment to helping young people improve their lives and the common future.*
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“Action is urgently needed,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, stressing that too many young people are denied a right to a quality education, a decent job, and participation in the political life of their societies.

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