Archive for December 15th, 2015

15/12/2015

‘Islamic Coalition against Terrorism’: Saudi Arabia Presents 34-State Military Block

Human Wrongs Watch

15 December 2015 (RT)* – A Riyadh-based “Islamic military alliance” has been formed with a mission to fight terrorism, Saudi Arabian state TV has announced. The coalition consists of 34 countries, including the Gulf States, a number of African countries, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia and Pakistan.
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**Photo: Saudi and U.S. troops train in December 2014 | Author: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

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15/12/2015

The Climate vs. the Planet

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By Johan Galtung*

14 December 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – In that eco-system humanity has since industrialization upset balances and now suffers the consequences, trying to tackle them.

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Johan Galtung

COP21, the UN 195 States conference in Paris, reached the unanimous agreement demanded of them after two weeks of hard work.

However, as USA points out, an agreement is not a treaty with legally binding targets.

Droughts-storms-floods and surface warming: land-oceans-glaciers.

As glaciers melt oceans and rivers will over-flood major settled land. With the current 1 degree C warming bad and 2 degrees intolerable, they settled for the 1.5C goal “if possible”; a compromise. Better .5 only.

The dominant theory sees greenhouse gases CO2-CH4 from using fossil fuels for energy, trapping heat in the atmosphere as the cause. Removing-this cause, a sluggish process, calls for alternative energy sources, like wind and solar (the author got solar panels in 1975).

Human settlements and forests darkening the planet, attracting more heat from the sun, may be another source. Remedy: care with both.

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15/12/2015

COP21: The Good, the Bad … and the OK

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By Nastasya Tay*

PARIS, 14 December 2015 (IRIN) – The world has its first universal climate accord.
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Adopted late on Saturday [12 December 2015] night, on a small airstrip on the periphery of the French capital, the Paris Agreement is a landmark deal that brings together 196 nations, uniting them in the fight against climate change and its impacts.

Nearly two weeks of intense negotiations have been synthesised into a single 31-page document, representing a balance of interests; a document of consensus for countries at different levels of development and with different capabilities.

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15/12/2015

The Paris Agreement: The End of Fossil Fuels Is Near. But Where Is Justice?

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By Daniel Mittler*

14 December 2015 (Greenpeace) – We at Greenpeace had three key expectations for the Paris Agreement. We wanted:

    1. a signal that the age of fossil fuels is over,
    2. a commitment to soon – and continuously – improve national climate action and
    3. global solidarity, including a way to make polluters pay for the damage they cause.

    Today, we can say that we got one, achieved progress on two, and that governments mostly failed us on three. Justice and corporate accountability were the weakest points of the Paris deal.

    Let me explain.

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15/12/2015

Governments to Start Talks on New Law on Nuclear Weapons in 2016

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Geneva (ICAN)* – On 7 December 2015, governments adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in New York a resolution that will convene talks in Geneva in 2016 to develop new law on nuclear weapons.

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Source of image: ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The resolution presented by Mexico received the support of two-thirds of the governments of the world and is a response to the growing demand for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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15/12/2015

Some 1.8 Million Newborn Deaths a Year in South-East Asia Are Preventable – UN

Nearly 7,400 newborns die every day in South-East Asia, causing untold misery to mothers and families, yet two thirds can be saved with proven cost-effective measures, the United Nations health agency on 14 December 2015 said, calling on Governments to act urgently against a scourge that kills 2.7 million newborns annually.
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A mother and her newborn baby at the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute for medically needy in Dhaka. UN Photo/Kibae Park

“Scaling up interventions with good quality care around the time of childbirth and during the first days after birth can substantially prevent complications and infections in new-borns, which are the main causes of new-born deaths,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Sing stressed in Delhi, as health partners signed a pledge to reduce such deaths.

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15/12/2015

UN Assembly Aims to ‘Narrow Digital Divide, Harness Power of Information Technology’

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Ten years after the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, delegates from Member States and observer entities are meeting at UN Headquarters starting on 15 December 2015 to identify emerging trends, fresh priorities and innovations for advancing information and communications technologies.

Photo: ITU | Source: UN News Centre

 

The process that began with the World Summit, known by the acronym WSIS, “is where the real grassroots work is being done. It is where people gather if they believe in effectively using ICTs [Information and Communications Technologies] for sustainable development,” said International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Houlin Zhao*.

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15/12/2015

Two Billion People Moved Out of Extreme Poverty in Last 25 Years, Says UN, But…

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Some two billion people have moved out of low human development levels in the last 25 years but in order to secure these gains and galvanize progress, a stronger focus to “act now” to provide decent work is needed, according to the new United Nations Human Development Report released on 14 December 2015.

Factory workers in Accra, Ghana producing shirts for overseas clients. Rapid globalization, technological revolution, demographic transitions and many other factors are creating new opportunities, but also pose risks. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez

“This new global Human Development Report is an urgent call to tackle one of the world’s great development challenges – providing enough decent work and livelihoods for all,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said, launching the report at a ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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