Archive for July 28th, 2016

28/07/2016

Forests and Crops Make Friendly Neighbors in Costa Rica

Human Wrongs Watch

SAN JOSE, 26 July 2016 (IPS) – While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, has taken a different path and is now a role model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.

Tapantí National Park lies east from the capital San José covering more than 50.000 hectares of forest, which in turn provides valuable watershed protection. Picture: Diego Arguedas Ortiz / IPS

Tapantí National Park lies east from the capital San José covering more than 50.000 hectares of forest, which in turn provides valuable watershed protection. Picture: Diego Arguedas Ortiz / IPS

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) flagship publication The State of the World’s Forests revealed that commercial agriculture was responsible for 70 percent of forest conversion in Latin America between 2000 and 2010.

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28/07/2016

‘We All Have to Do What We Can’ to Prevent Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – Jane Holl Lute

UNITED NATIONS, 26 July 2016 – The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag.
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Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse, gives an interview for the UN News and Media Division’s news outlets. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse.

28/07/2016

Grievances of Marginalised Communities, Root Causes of Boko Haram Threat

Human Wrongs Watch

To bring an end to the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin region, affected countries must address the root causes that contributed to the emergence of the group, including the social, economic and political grievances of marginalized communities, the top United Nations political affairs official on 27 July 2016 said.

In Tagal, Chad, an IDP community meets under a tree. More than 100 persons had to flee from one of the small islands in Lake Chad after Boko Haram insurgents attacked their village. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

“A military approach, while essential, will not bring end to the Boko Haram threat,” Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council in his briefing on peace and security in Africa.*

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