Archive for October, 2017

31/10/2017

Carbon Dioxide Levels Surge to New High in 2016 – World Meteorological Organization

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Levels of carbon dioxide (C02) surged at “record-breaking speed” to new highs in 2016, the United Nations weather agency announced on 30 October 2017.

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

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued the warning in Geneva, at the launch of the organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

The report indicates that carbon dioxide concentrations reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400 ppm in 2015.

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31/10/2017

The Nuclear Weapons Convention – Letter to Danish Parliamentarians

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By John Scales Avery*

The following is a letter that John Scales Avery, Ph.D, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen, and Chairman, Danish National Group, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, has sent to Danish Parliamentarian: 

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John Scales Avery

To:
Hon Mr Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister
Hon Mr Anders Samuelsen, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon Mr Mr. Ib Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to the United Nations
Hon Mr Carsten Staur, Ambassador of Denmark to the UN in Geneva.

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CC: Danish members of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and other friends in the Danish Parliament

Dear friends,

The Non-Aligned Movement has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly laying out the general mandate and dates for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Conference for Nuclear Disarmament. 

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31/10/2017

Tuberculosis World’s Top Infectious Killer – Urgent Political Action Needed to Stop Spread

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Progress has not been fast enough over the past year to reach global and regional targets on stopping the spread of tuberculosis (TB), or to make real headway in closing persistent gaps in TB care and prevention, the World Health Organization on 30 October 2017 warned.

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In Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, a weightlifter is treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis at a dedicated hospital supported by grants from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Photo: The Global Fund/Ryan Quinn Mattingly

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31/10/2017

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking

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By Stella Paul* 

NEW DELHI, Oct 30 2017 (IPS) – Twenty-year-old Gogontlejang Phaladi of Mahalapye, Botswana is grateful she was never sent to a so-called “hyena” like scores of girls in neighboring Malawi were.
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Attendees at the 11th Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, Oct. 27-29, 2017. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS

Attendees at the 11th Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, Oct. 27-29, 2017. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS

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In a ritual approved by the community, a solo man (the hyena) would have sex with the adolescent girls of an entire village to “sexually cleanse” them so they would be considered fit for marriage.

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31/10/2017

Thousands of Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Greece Need Proper Shelter, Care

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30 October 2017 – Two-thirds of the nearly 3,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children currently in Greece are not receiving proper shelter and care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

An 8 year-old refugee from the Syria, in her family’s shelter in Pikpa Village, an open refugee camp run by volunteers outside of Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece. Photo: UNICEF/Gilbertson VII Photo

Children stranded without families should have proper shelter, care and protection, and there are solutions that could make this a reality for them,” said Laurent Chapuis, Country Coordinator for UNICEF’s refugee and migrant response in Greece in a press release.

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31/10/2017

‘Be Ambitious’ in Supporting Sahel Anti-Terror Force, UN Chief Urges Security Council 

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Stressing the urgent need to help Mali and other countries in the Sahel address cross-border terrorism and organized crime, Secretary-General António Guterres on 30 October invited the United Nations Security Council to “be ambitious” in deciding how the UN supports the region’s newly-established joint force.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) addresses the Security Council meeting on the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

31/10/2017

13 Million Inside Syria Needing Aid –  Impact of Crisis Remains ‘Profound’

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or D’aesh) may be largely pushed out of Syria’s Raqqa governorate, but after years of oppression and nearly a year of intense fighting – marked recently by heavy airstrikes – humanitarian needs will continue to be large for some time, the top United Nations relief official told the Security Council on 30 October 2017.

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In Al-Tabqa city in the Syrian Arab Republic, boys fill their jerrycans with dirty water (May 2017). Photo: UNICEF/UN066040/Souleiman

 

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31/10/2017

Mediation Culture for Conflict Transformation

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By Johan Galtung*

30 October 2017  – TRANSCEND Media Service – Four important concepts: mediation, culture, conflict, transformation. What do they stand for and how do they relate to each other?

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Johan Galtung

“Mediation” stands for efforts to understand all parties, helping them to understand themselves and to understand each other.

There is a “culture” of mediation about whether or not to propose solutions.

“Conflict” stands for incompatible goals, meaning something that can possibly be solved by making the goals compatible.

It is not, NOT, another word for violence.

Those who believe it is, lose a key way out: solving the conflict. A major point that cannot be repeated enough. Conflict is not violence—and vice versa.

“Transformation” is a more modest version of conflict solution: changing the conflict to something the parties can handle themselves without violence or threats. Not solved, but something they can live with; like diseases that have become chronic and must be tolerated.

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31/10/2017

The Roots of Exodus: Why Are People Compelled to Leave their Homes?

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ROME, Oct 30 2017 (IPS) Facts are facts, and one of them is that while everybody talks about the growing forced movement of people –be they migrants or refugees—decision-makers haven’t seriously acted on the root causes of why millions of humans are compelled to leave their homes.

There has been a surge in international migration in recent years, reaching a total of 244 million individuals in 2015.

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30/10/2017

Divide and Conquer, Cui Bono? – The US and Former Yugoslavia

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By Marilyn Langlois*

TRANSCEND Media Service  Human beings are social creatures whose survival depends on cooperation and mutual support. Only in an atmosphere of perceived scarcity, threats and unresolved conflicts do people divide and demonize “the other”.

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Child’s gift to Tito on display at Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade.

.The common denominator in divide and conquer scenarios is increasing concentration of wealth and economic control in the hands of a greedy few to the detriment of poor and working families.

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