Archive for January 20th, 2015

20/01/2015

Unemployment on the Rise over Next Five Years as Inequality Persists

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva, 20 January 2015  (ILO)* – Unemployment will continue to rise in the coming years, as the global economy has entered a new period combining slower growth, widening inequalities and turbulence, warns a new ILO report.*

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By 2019, more than 212 million people will be out of work, up from the current 201 million, according to the World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015 (WESO). 
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“More than 61 million jobs have been lost since the start of the global crisis in 2008 and our projections show that unemployment will continue to rise until the end of the decade. This means the jobs crisis is far from over so there is no place for complacency,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said.
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The employment situation has improved in the United States and Japan, but remains difficult in a number of advanced economies, particularly in Europe.
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20/01/2015

Children in Charge

Human Wrongs Watch

Fighting in South Sudan has separated families and orphaned children. Meet four teenagers who are raising younger siblings on their own.

Mike Pflanz*

20 January 2015 — War. Disease. Psychological trauma. Poor health care. There are many factors that can break apart families in South Sudan, yet the outcome is often the same: siblings left caring for each other because their parents died, or were separated from their children, or abandoned them.
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Lina, 13, is raising her four younger siblings in Pariang, South Sudan. UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

The situation has grown worse since December 2013, as renewed fighting among supporters of rival politicians has morphed into ethnically driven violence, causing massive displacement inside South Sudan and across borders.

UNHCR and its partners provide essentials for families who ran from their homes with nothing – including shelter, rain protection, and items like buckets to store drinking and washing water.

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20/01/2015

Light Is Here and Has Its Own International Year!

Human Wrongs Watch

19 January 2015 — Tonight, an Aurora Borealis graced UNESCO’s Globe in Paris. The Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon only seen in much higher latitudes, were reproduced by artist Kari Kola on the UNESCO Headquarters in celebration of the International Year of Light 2015, which opened with a special event on 19 and 20 January.

Installation "Light is Here" by Finnish artist Kari Kola, intstalled by Valoparta Ltd.© UNESCO/Nora Houguenade

Installation “Light is Here” by Finnish artist Kari Kola, installed by Valoparta Ltd.© UNESCO/Nora Houguenade

“I have been fascinated by light for as long as I can remember”, said Finnish artist Kari Kola. “In Finland, autumns and winters are long and dark. I wanted to teach myself to use light to make most of the darkness that surrounded me during those times of year. When it’s dark 20 hours a day, you can really make a difference with light.”

He chose to represent the Aurora Borealis in a stylistically abstract form through his installation “Light is Here”, bathing the buildings in blues and greens, in contrast with the warmer colors of dawn.

“I was 1 year old when I first saw the Northern Lights, and I’ve seen them every year since. But I have learned most of what I know about light by watching the sunrise.”

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20/01/2015

Climate Change Advances Faster than Expected — Critical Role of Genetic Resources in Feeding the World

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Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 19 January 2015.

Photo: ©FAO/Sandro Cespoli

A crop of sorghum in Uruguay, funded by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic resources for Food and Agriculture.

“Time is not on our side” warns the book, Coping with climate change: the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture. “In the coming decades, millions of people whose livelihoods and food security depend on farming, aquaculture, fishing, forestry and livestock keeping are likely to face unprecedented climatic conditions.”*

Crops, livestock, forest trees and aquatic organisms capable of surviving and producing in a changing climate will be needed.

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20/01/2015

The Year 2015-What Are We In For?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

20 January 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Three, maybe four dramatic, global processes are unfolding.

Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung

First, the West–particularly USA, Israel, France–fighting very violently and counter-productively to keep their grip on the world.

Second, Eurasia, spearheaded by Russia-India-China in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) expanding and consolidating, successfully and nonviolently.

Third, Islam expanding and consolidating, partly by conversion to Islam, partly through the dream of a new caliphate, partly violently.

Fourth, Latin America and Africa in the old Third World expanding and consolidating, spearheaded by Brazil-South Africa in BRICS.

If you want to live drama, you have chosen the right year.

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20/01/2015

Waving in the First Row

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

THE THREE Islamic terrorists could have been very proud of themselves, if they had lived to see it.

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

By committing two attacks (quite ordinary ones by Israeli standards) they spread panic throughout France, brought millions of people onto the streets, gathered more than 40 heads of states in Paris.

They changed the landscape of the French capital and other French cities by mobilizing thousands of soldiers and police officers to guard Jewish and other potential targets. For several days they dominated the news throughout the world.

Three terrorists, probably acting alone. Three!!!

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20/01/2015

‘Wake-up Call’ Data: 1 in 5 Adolescents Worldwide Out of School

Human Wrongs Watch

One in five adolescents worldwide is not in school, which means that some 63 million young people between the ages of 12 and 15 are denied their right to an education, mainly because they are marginalized and poor, a joint United Nations agency report has found as pressure mounts to include universal secondary education in the post-2015 global development agenda.

A teacher and student at a school in India. Photo: UNESCO/GMR Akash

“This report serves as wake-up call to mobilize the resources needed to guarantee basic education for every child, once and for all,” said Irina Bokova, Director General at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a co-facilitator of the findings.*

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