Archive for April 21st, 2018

21/04/2018

“Women have the solutions”

Wekoweu (Akole) Tsuhah. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Wekoweu (Akole) Tsuhah. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

“Everyone does farming in my community. I am educated, I have a job, but I continue to farm with my family. But women are not recognized as farmers because they do not own land and resources.

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21/04/2018

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 18,575 in 2018 – Deaths: 559 

Geneva, 20 April 2018 (IOM)* IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 18,575 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 108 days of 2018, with about 40 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (38 per cent) and Spain, at roughly 20 per cent. 
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This compares with 43,645 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 205,613 at this time in 2016.

In comparative terms, then, current arrivals are running at 42 per cent of last year’s pace, and at just over 9 per cent of 2016’s.

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21/04/2018

How to Help Fight Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children on Madagascar’s Beaches

Human Wrongs Watch

Poverty and lack of employment prospects make many teenage girls in coastal areas of Madagascar vulnerable to becoming trapped in commercial sexual exploitation. An ILO project supports community efforts to fight against the problem, one of the worst forms of child labour*

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TULEAR, Madagascar, 12 April 2018  (ILO)* – Located in southern Madagascar on a beautiful, sun-kissed, stretch of coastline, the town of Tuléar is an ideal holiday spot. But, the presence of tourists in an extremely poor region is also a risk for children, who may fall into commercial sexual exploitation.
21/04/2018

Do Not Send Refugees Back to the Violence They Fled From, UN Urges Cameroon

Human Wrongs Watch

20 April 2018 — Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency has said, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need.

OCHA/Ivo Brandau | A refugee camp in northern Cameroon hosting Nigerian refugees (file photo). Boko Haram violence in north-east Nigeria forced thousands to flee their homes, many sought refuge in neighboring countries.
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“We appeal once again to the authorities in Cameroon to refrain from further forced returns and to ensure protection to those fleeing insecurity and persecution in Nigeria, in accordance with Cameroon’s national and international obligations,” the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement.

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21/04/2018

A Bio-Based, Reuse Economy Can Feed the World and Save the Planet – UN

Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction as it becomes clear that an economy based on cultivation and use of biomass can help tackle pollution and climate change, the United Nations agriculture agency on 20 April 2018 said.

FAO/Ezequiel Becerra | The skins of the pineapple fruit can be transformed into biodegradable packaging.
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A sustainable bioeconomy, which uses biomass – organic materials, such as plants and animals and fish – as opposed to fossil resources to produce food and non-food goods “is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass,” a senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  official said at the 2018 Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin, Germany.
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