Archive for May 18th, 2017

18/05/2017

As Somalia Combats Insecurity, Drought Worsens ‘More Rapidly than Projected’

Human Wrongs Watch

17 May 2017 – The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is worsening, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council, calling for more than 800 million dollars in aid to offset the impact of a severe drought in a country that is already battling insecurity and poverty.

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Families displaced by drought in Baidoa, Somalia, gather around Secretary-General António Guterres (white cap), who is in the region urging action to help them. Photo: UNSOM

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“The humanitarian crisis has deteriorated more rapidly than was originally projected,” the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga, told the Council in New York.

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18/05/2017

Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal* 

ROME, May 18 2017 (IPS) The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And some of the most precious ecosystems in Africa are threatened by oil, gas and mineral exploration and exploitation.
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The Selm Muir Forest of West Lothian, Scotland. Credit: UN Photo/Robert Clamp

The Selm Muir Forest of West Lothian, Scotland. Credit: UN Photo/Robert Clamp

These are some of the facts that have been repeatedly heralded by the scientific community and the world’s most authoritative voices, who remind us that globally, 1.3 billion people are estimated to be “forest peoples”, who depend almost entirely on them for their livelihoods.

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18/05/2017

Amid ‘Alarming Rise’ in Obesity, UN Study Finds 1 in 3 European Adolescents Overweight

Human Wrongs Watch

Citing eating habits, physical activity and sedentary behaviours, the United Nations health agency on 17 May 2017 launched a new publication at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal which revealed a rising number of obese adolescents in many countries across Europe.

Others standing nearby, a baby sitting in a stroller is fed by her mother at Disney World amusement park in the southern city of Orlando, Florida, in mid-1997. Obesity is a significant nutrition-related problem in the United States. Photo: UNICEF/Toutounji

“Despite sustained efforts to tackle childhood obesity, one in three adolescents is still estimated to be overweight or obese in Europe, with the highest rates found in southern European and Mediterranean countries,” said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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