Archive for January 22nd, 2016

22/01/2016

‘Israel Must Immediately Halt Planned Relocation of Palestinian Bedoui’ – UN Officials

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20 January 2016 – Senior United Nations officials for the occupied Palestinian territory have called for an immediate end to Israeli plans to transfer Bedouin living in the Jerusalem area for a settlement expansion, long recognized as a violation of international law and an obstacle to realizing a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis.

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Israeli authorities demolished Bedouin homes in the vulnerable community of Abu Nwar, Area C, near East Jerusalem in the West Bank. Photo: UNRWA

“I am once again deeply alarmed to witness Israel’s relentless push towards removing Bedouin Palestine refugees from their homes, destroying their livelihoods and their distinct culture,” said Felipe Sanchez, Director of Operations in the West Bank for UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

“The children in these communities should not be experiencing the trauma of displacement that preceding generations already experienced,” he added.

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22/01/2016

UN Chief Calls on Israel to Change Policy after Reported Take-Over of West Bank Land

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21 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for “substantial policy changes on the ground” by Israel, voicing deep concern at reports that the Government has declared of 370 acres in the occupied West Bank south of Jericho as so-called “state land.

Two young residents from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Acqba Jaber camp for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank. The camp is located just outside of Jericho. UN Photo/Stephenie Hollyman

“If implemented, this declaration would constitute the largest land appropriation by Israel in the West Bank since August 2014,” a statement issued by his spokesman said last night.

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22/01/2016

‘Women Should Be Transformers, Not Just Conformers’ – African Union

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“We should be the change we want to see… Women should be change agents … to transform, not to conform,” Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union  Commission (AUC) stressed at an African Union high-level meeting to prepare for the 26th African Summit in the Ethiopian capital on 21-31 January 2016.

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AUC chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma  | Credit: ourtesy of the African Union Commission

Addressing over 400 civil society, AU and national and international experts and women leaders participating in the 8th Gender Pre-Summit in Addis Ababa on 17-21 January, Dlamini Zuma reiterated that the year 2016 marks “an important milestones in the continent” as well as the global women’s development agenda.

“We should be the change we want to see… Women should be change agents …. to transform, not to conform,” she said.

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22/01/2016

UN Announces First-Ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 January 2016 announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to provide leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world.

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Source: UN Women

“The empowerment of the world’s women is a global imperative,” said Ban in a press release, issued while he attends dozens of events at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Yet despite important progress in promoting gender equality, there remains an urgent need to address structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment and full inclusion in economic activity,” he added.

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