Archive for June 14th, 2017

14/06/2017

Polluted Environments Kill 1.4 Million in Europe Annually

Human Wrongs Watch 

13 June 2017 – As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.

Air pollution from an old coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. Photo: World Bank/Lundrim Aliu ” Posted from UN News Centre

“In the era of Sustainable Development, we can prevent the 1.4 million environment related deaths by making health a political choice across all government sectors,” said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe (WHO/Europe), at the opening of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

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14/06/2017

New Alert: Refugee Numbers Outpace Resettlement Spots

Human Wrongs Watch 

ROME, Jun 13 2017 (IPS) – Against the backdrop of increasing refugee numbers around the globe, fuelled by crisis and insecurity, and an ever-widening gap in places to resettle them, the top United Nations official dealing with refugee issues has called on governments to “step up” and deliver places for refugees in line with the commitments they have made.

Congolese refugee (Bora, second from right) arrives at Cape Town International Airport with her friends. She is being relocated to France with her children under a UNHCR scheme to resettle the most vulnerable refugees. Credit: UNHCR/James Otaway

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14/06/2017

‘Security Vacuum’ in Central Africa May Be Exploited by Armed Groups – UN Envoy

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations envoy for Central Africa on 13 June 2017 expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group.

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Displaced people carry belongings through the M’Poko airport camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA/Phil Moore

“The continued threat by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to regional stability should not be underestimated, in particular as the Ugandan and the South Sudanese forces have now disengaged from the African Union Regional Task Force (RTF), along with the United States special forces,” François Loucény Fall, the Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council.

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