Archive for April 7th, 2017

07/04/2017

Latin America, Caribbean the region with Greatest Land Distribution Inequality 

Human Wrongs Watch

Santiago de Chile  – Improving the recognition of land tenure rights and creating a more equitable distribution of land is a necessary step to eradicate hunger and advance towards the Sustainable Development Objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO on April 5, 2017 said.*

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in South America the inequality is even higher than the regional average , while in Central America it is slightly below average. Photo: FAO

The region has the most unequal land distribution in the world: the Gini coefficient (which measures inequality) applied to the distribution of land in the region as a whole reaches 0.79, far surpassing Europe (0.57), Africa (0.56) and Asia (0.55).

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07/04/2017

Over 95% of Enterprises in the World Are Micro-, Small- and Medium-Sized

Human Wrongs Watch

Recognizing the importance of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in achieving the new global development goals, the United Nations General Assembly on 6 April 2017 designated 27 June as International Day for those actors.

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*Small business in Bursa, Turkey.| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

In a resolution adopted without a vote, the 193-member body also invited all stakeholders, including Member States, UN entities and civil society organizations, to observe the Day and raise public awareness of their contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which the Assembly adopted in September 2015.

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07/04/2017

Cost of Renewables Fell in 2016, Lowering Global Investment in Clean Energy – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 6 April 2017 reported.

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A wind mill at the Parque Eólico Camilo Ortega Saavedra wind farm in the Department of Rivas, Nicaragua. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Ever-cheaper clean tech provides a real opportunity for investors to get more for less,” said UNEP executive Director Erik Solheim. “This is exactly the kind of situation, where the needs of profit and people meet, that will drive the shift to a better world for all.”

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07/04/2017

Work, What Future? Seven Big Questions Needing Urgent Response

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Apr 6 2017 (IPS) – Around the world, profound changes in the nature of work are underway, that’s clear. So it is a fact that the on-going transformations in the world of labour are disrupting the connection between work, personal development and community participation.

Credit: ILO

Credit: ILO

The future of work gains special relevance now that it is estimated that over 600 million new jobs need to be created by 2030, just to keep pace with the growth of the global working age population. That’s around 40 million per year.

Meantime, there is a pressing need to improve conditions for the some 780 million women and men who are working but not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of just 2 dollars a day poverty.

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07/04/2017

Feast and Famine in Africa’s Dubai

Human Wrongs Watch

DJIBOUTI CITY, Apr 5 2017 (IPS) – As balmy night settles over Djibouti City, the arc lights come on at its growing network of ports as ships are offloaded 24 hours a day and trucks laden with cargo depart westwards into the Horn of Africa interior.

Djibouti’s strategic and commercial relevance at the junction of Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean is further bolstered by its increasing network of ports. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

Djibouti’s strategic and commercial relevance at the junction of Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean is further bolstered by its increasing network of ports. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

Not that long ago Djibouti was known for little more than French legionnaires, atrocious heat and its old railway line to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Nowadays, however, this tiny republic of only about 900,000 people on the Horn of Africa coast has big plans, including turning its capital into the Dubai of Africa.

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