Archive for October 20th, 2017

20/10/2017

World Campaign to Clean Torrents of Plastic Dumped in the Oceans

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ROME, Oct 20 2017 (IPS) – With 30 countries from Kenya to Indonesia and from Canada to Brazil now involved in the world campaign to beat pollution by countering the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading oceans and endangering the life they sustain, the UN has strengthened its massive efforts to clean up the seas, which are the Earth’s main buffer against climate change.

“Oceans: our allies against climate change. How marine ecosystems help preserve our world.” Credit: FAO

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20/10/2017

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2017 (IPS) – The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO).

A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS

A letter signed by nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups worldwide is calling on the Governing Body of the Geneva-based UN agency to expel tobacco companies from its subsidiary membership.

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20/10/2017

How Much Do Small Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia Benefit from Fair Trade and Organic Certification? Not as Much as You May Think

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By Bart Minten* | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

19 October 2017 – Global trade in Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) such as Fair Trade and Organic certified coffee has seen remarkable growth in nearly two decades, but in Ethiopia the benefits for small coffee farmers haven’t been as significant as may be widely perceived.

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Bart Minten/IFPRI | Workers sort coffee cherries at a mill in Ethiopia’s Jimma region. Consumers pay higher prices for Fair Trade and Organic certified coffee, but IFPRI research shows that Ethiopian coffee farmers see only a fraction of those premiums.

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20/10/2017

7,000 Newborns Die Every Day Despite Drop in Under-Five Mortality Rate

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More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued on 19 October , which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.

A nine-day-old baby boy is cradled by his mother (partially visible) in Bambaya Village in Fiama Chiefdom, Kono District, Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/Phelps

Although the number of children dying before age five is at a new low – 5.6 million in 2016 compared with nearly 9.9 million in 2000 – the proportion of newborn deaths during that period has jumped from 41 to 46 per cent – or 7,000 babies.

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20/10/2017

More Support for Rohingyas Fleeing Myanmar Urgently Needed or ‘Thousands Will Suffer’ – UN Migration Chief

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The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable.

A reception point for Rohingya refugees at Haria Khali Primary School in Sabrang Union of Teknaf Upazila, in Bangladesh. OCHA/Anthony Burke

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