Archive for December 11th, 2014

11/12/2014

'People of African Descent Still Face Racism, Stigma in Every Country, Region and Continent'

Human Wrongs Watch

New York, 10 December 2014 — People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the word body on 10 December 2014 kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent.

Students inside a newly built classroom at a camp for internally displaced persons in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

“Over the next ten years, people everywhere are encouraged to take part in the global conversation on the realities faced by people of African descent,” Kutesa who is a national of Uganda told the General Assembly, calling the Decade’s launch a historic achievement.*

“The Decade will allow us to explore the challenges faced by people of African descent due to pervasive racism and racial discrimination engrained in our society today,” he added.

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11/12/2014

‘Every Day Is Human Rights Day’

Human Wrongs Watch

The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared on 10 December 2014 as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Credit: UN/OHCHR

Spearheaded by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this year’s observance – celebrated under the banner of Human Rights 365 – encompasses the idea that “every day is Human Rights Day” and that “each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights.”*

“On Human Rights Day we speak out,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proclaimed in his message. “We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.”

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11/12/2014

Shall World Leaders Transform Climate Challenge into an Opportunity to Create a Safer, Healthier, More Viable Planet?

Human Wrongs Watch

Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more livable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 10 December 2014 said.

Renewable energy: a thermo-solar power plant. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie | Source: UN New Centre

“I look around and can clearly see efforts to create this alliance taking shape,” said Ban in his remarks to the Heads of State segment at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, known also as the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20).*

“That circle of action must continue to grow. Governments as well as business, finance, civil society, academia and all sectors must join forces,” he added.

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