Archive for November 10th, 2015

10/11/2015

Quo Vadis Europe?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

9 November 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Answer: Nowhere, because Europe does not exist.

**Image: A blank map of Europe. The continental boundary to Asia indicated follows the standard convention of the crest of the Greater Caucasus, the Urals River and the Urals Mountains to the Sea of Kara. | Author: Blank_map_of_Europe_(polar_stereographic_projection)_cropped.svg: Ssolbergj | Wikimedia Commons

** blank map of Europe. The continental boundary to Asia indicated follows the standard convention of the crest of the Greater Caucasus, the Urals River and the Urals Mountains to the Sea of Kara. | Author: Blank_map_of_Europe_(polar_stereographic_projection)_cropped.svg: Ssolbergj | Wikimedia Commons

On the axis of five stages of positive peace, the process came to a standstill at stage 3. They made miracles out of stage 1–cooperation for mutual and equal benefit–and were good at stage 2–empathy with each other, your problems are also mine, your solutions are also mine.

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10/11/2015

Helsinki Innovators’ Summit Seeks to ‘Help Make Children a Part of the Solution’

Human Wrongs Watch

More than 500 leading thinkers from the technological, academic, corporate, development and humanitarian world convened on 9 November 2015 in Helsinki, Finland, for a two-day summit co-organized by the Finnish Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to explore new technologies to improve life for the world’s most vulnerable children.

Young people gather around to use UNICEF’s solar-powered Digital Drum, at Bosco Youth Centre in Gulu, northern Uganda. Photo: UNICEF Uganda/Yannick Tylle

“Technology and new ways of thinking can help us reach the most marginalized children faster and more efficiently than ever before,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt.

“Sharing innovations with children and making them part of the solution can help us turn cycles of poverty into cycles of prosperity and progress, not just for them but for their communities and nations,” she added.

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10/11/2015

Engulfed in a Spiral of Violence; Food Insecurity in South Sudan Increases 80% Over Past Year

Human Wrongs Watch

9 November 2015 – South Sudan remains engulfed in a spiral of violence – with clashes in southern and central Unity state having “intensified with grave consequences for civilians” – leaving at-risk populations food insecure and vulnerable to diseases, the United Nations humanitarian wing has warned, announcing that relief organizations on the ground are boosting efforts there despite access challenges and lagging funding.

A health worker measures a baby girl’s arm, at an outpatient therapeutic feeding centre at the Protection of Civilians site on the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile State. Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt

A health worker measures a baby girl’s arm, at an outpatient therapeutic feeding centre at the Protection of Civilians site on the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile State. Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and partners have managed to reach some towns in central Unity state and Western Equatoria state, and are assisting internally displaced people (IDPs) with health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), according to the latest bi-weekly humanitarian update issued by OCHA.

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