Archive for January 18th, 2016

18/01/2016

New UN ‘Action Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism’

Human Wrongs Watch

Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and a grave threat to international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 15 January 2016 said while presenting a new plan of action to prevent violence stemming from “poisonous ideologies.”

In the Gire 1 camp for internally displaced people, near Yola, Nigeria, a father holds photographs of his eldest daughter, 18, and his 6-year-old son, both of whom were kidnapped by members of Boko Haram during an attack on the family’s village. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

“We are all appalled by the barbaric crimes that groups such as Da’esh, Boko Haram and others are committing against humanity,” Ban told Member States of the UN General Assembly, noting that the threat of violent extremism is not limited to any one religion, nationality or ethnic group, but that the vast majority of victims worldwide are Muslims.

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18/01/2016

‘Renewable energy is limitless and will last forever’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

Everyone involved in energy—governments, the private sector, investors and financial institutions, cities, and people everywhere–has understood that we can no longer burn our way to global prosperity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 17 January 2016 declared at a debate hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Financial Times.

Credit: UNEP

“We all know that renewable energy is limitless and will last forever,” Ban said in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi.

“It offers us great security and peace of mind,” he added. “Costs have come down so quickly that it is now often the cheapest option. And the more renewable energy facilities we build, the cheaper they will become.”

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