Archive for November 10th, 2017

10/11/2017

“Syrian Conflict Has Now Lasted Longer than World War II” 

Human Wrongs Watch

While there had been a period of de-escalation in many areas of war-riven Syria – reducing human suffering to some extent – the fighting now seems to be returning to some of the “bleakest days” of the conflict, a senior United Nations official on 9 November 2017 warned.

A child carries a bag of firewood she bought for her family in besieged east Ghouta, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Al Shami

The situation is particularly concerning in eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus, where some 400,000 men, women and children are living in besieged towns and villages, and extremely high prices have put food and basic supplies beyond reach.

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10/11/2017

‘Leave No Stone Unturned’ to Secure Aid Funding for Central African Republic – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

One out of every four people in Central African Republic (CAR) is either displaced or living as a refugee in another country, a senior United Nations official on 9 November 2017 said, urging the international community to provide more resources for a humanitarian plan that up to now is only partially funded.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided resources to address immediate needs in Central African Republic, but more is urgently needed to meet the scale of the challenge. Photo: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis

10/11/2017

Will Policymakers Listen to Climate Change Science This Time Around?

Human Wrongs Watch

BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) – Climate change is altering the ecosystem of our oceans, a big carbon sink and prime source of protein from fish. This is old news.
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All countries need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions drastically in the middle of this century if Paris Agreement targets are to be reached. Credit: Bigstock

All countries need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions drastically in the middle of this century if Paris Agreement targets are to be reached. Credit: Bigstock

Scientists say despite knowing enough about climate change, humankind is failing to turn the tide on climate change and the window of opportunity is fast closing. The sooner politicians listen to science, the faster can they commit to cutting global carbon emissions.

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10/11/2017

Yemen Facing Largest Famine the World Has Seen for Decades –  UN Aid Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

9 November 2017 – Yemen will be gripped by famine – one the likes of which the world has not seen in years – if the blockade on basic supplies into the country imposed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is not lifted immediately, the top United Nations humanitarian official has warned.

An internally displaced woman and her daughter look over the city of Sana’a, Yemen, from the roof of this dilapidated building they call their new home. Photo: Giles Clarke/UN OCHA

“It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the media after briefing the Security Council on 8 November.

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10/11/2017

At UN Climate Conference, Congo Basin Youth Spotlight How They Protect Fragile Forest Ecosystem

Human Wrongs Watch

Youth groups working in Africa’s Congo Basin countries are supporting economic progress in isolated rural communities while protecting the forest, and it is high time their voices were heard, a young woman at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, on 9 November 2017 said.

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The Congo Basin harbours the world’s second largest tropical forest. It is also a key resource for stabilizing the global climate. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

10/11/2017

Global Food Import Bill Rising Despite Robust Output in 2017

Human Wrongs Watch

The cost of importing food is rising in 2017, driven by increased international demand for most food stuffs, as well as higher freight charges, the United Nations agriculture agency on 9 November 2017 said.

Women process cassava for food preparation in Mbaiki, Central African Republic. $6.2 million is urgently needed to prevent further worsening of the food security situation. Photo: FAO/Riccardo Gangale

While food commodity prices have been generally stable, the cost of importing food is forecast to rise six per cent in 2017 to $1.413 trillion, making it the second highest bill on record, according to the latest Food Outlook published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), expressing concern about the economic and social impact of this trend on poor countries.

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10/11/2017

Nations without Nationality – An ‘Unseen’ Stark Reality

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 10 2017 (IPS) – Here’s another ‘unseen’ stark reality—that of millions of people around the world who are deprived of their identity, living without nationality. Their total number is by definition unknown and their only ‘sin” is that they belong to an ethnic, religious or linguistic minority in the country where they have often lived for generations.

Born stateless, this baby acquired nationality in 2008 in Bangladesh. Credit: UNHCR/G.M.B. Akash

These millions of human beings are victims of continued discrimination, exclusion and persecution, states a UN refugee agency’s new report, calling for “immediate action” to secure equal nationality rights for all.

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