Archive for June 16th, 2017

16/06/2017

The High Price of Desertification: 23 Hectares of Land a Minute

Human Wrongs Watch

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 15 2017 (IPS) – Urban farmer Margaret Gauti Mpofu would do anything to protect the productivity of her land. Healthy soil means she is assured of harvest and enough food and income to look after her family.

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Farmer Margaret Gauti Mpofu adds manure to her vegetable crops in a field on the outskirts of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

Farmer Margaret Gauti Mpofu adds manure to her vegetable crops in a field on the outskirts of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS.

Each morning, Mpofu, 54, treks to her 5,000-square-metre plot in Hyde Park, about 20 km west of the city of Bulawayo. 

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16/06/2017

‘Halt Abuse of Older Persons’

Human Wrongs Watch

15 June 2017 – Many older persons are at risk of being abused by their own relatives, a United Nations human rights expert has warned, urging greater vigilance and more reporting of suspected cases, especially since many fear on the part of older persons may not speak up for fear of reprisals – or to protect family members from criminal prosecution.

Elderly Bhutanese men commune with each other on a park bench. UN Photo/John Isaac

 

“Older people are afraid to say they are being abused,” said Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, speaking to UN News ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is marked annually on 15 June.

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16/06/2017

One in Five Children in Rich Countries Lives in Poverty – UNICEF 

Human Wrongs Watch

One in five children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty, and an average of one in eight faces food insecurity, according to a new report released on 15 June 2017 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

In Italy, a boy, stands in a poor suburb of the city of Turin, Piedmont Region. Photo: UNICEF/UNI173328/Pirozzi

The latest ‘Report Card’ issued by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre underscores that rich nations also face challenges meeting global commitments to children. “Report Card 14 is a wake-up-call that even in high-income countries progress does not benefit all children,” said Sarah Cook, Director of UNICEF Innocenti.

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16/06/2017

Drought Pushes 1 in 3 Somalis to a Hunger Knife-Edge

ROME, Jun 15 2017 (IPS) – Another famine in former European colonies in Africa and another time in its Eastern region, with Ethiopia and Somalia among the major victims of drought and made-made climate disasters mainly caused by US and European multinational business.

FAO massive famine-prevention campaign in Somalia–12 million animals treated so far against livestock diseases and illness. Credit: FAO

While an estimated 7.8 million people are food insecure in Ethiopia, where drought has dented crop and pasture output in southern regions, in the specific case of Somalia, the United Nations reports that 3.2 million people—that’s one third of its estimated 11 million inhabitants, are now on a ‘hunger knife-edge.’

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16/06/2017

UN to Create a New Counter-Terrorism Office

Human Wrongs Watch 

The UN General Assembly on 15 June 2017 approved the establishment of a new United Nations office to help Member States implement the Organization’s global counter-terrorism strategy.

Peter Thomson (left), President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly. At his side is Movses Abelian, Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Adopting a consensus resolution, the 193-nation body also welcomed Secretary-General António Guterres’ initiative to transfer relevant functions out of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and into the new United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism.

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