Archive for April 24th, 2018

24/04/2018

Cognition in Robots – Does It Imply Awareness?

Human Wrongs Watch

23 April 2018 (Wall Street International)* — In a previous text we have argued that it does not make sense to ask whether a robot can display consciousness. In fact, once consciousness is defined as the subjective experience which can only be “felt” by the experiencer, there is no way for another, external observer, to demonstrate the presence of consciousness in any other person – or machine.
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Domestic robot | Photo from Wall Street International.

24/04/2018

A New Bond with Nature Is Goal of UN’s International Mother Earth Day Celebration

Human Wrongs Watch

Harmony with Nature – living a better quality of life while minimizing the use of toxic materials and preserving natural resources – was the focus of the International Mother Earth Day celebration on 23 April 2018 at the United Nations.

World Meteorological Organization | A woman with an umbrella walks in the rain in a field. To the left is a rainbow. Photo: WMO
“Mother Earth is suffering – and it is our doing,” Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly, told the Eighth Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature.  Climate change, pollution and a loss of biodiversity “take a toll on human life and health,” he said. “But they affect, first and foremost, the Earth.”

The sustainable development that is sought by the world community relies upon the three overarching objectives of devising supportable patterns of consumption and production, protecting and managing natural resources and eradicating poverty.

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24/04/2018

Imprisoned Egyptian Photojournalist to Receive UN Press Freedom Prize

Human Wrongs Watch

23 April 2018 — A photojournalist who has been in jail for nearly five years after being arrested for covering a demonstration in Cairo has been selected to receive this year’s press freedom prize from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UN Photo/Violaine Martin | Journalists at a press stakeout. Recently, there has been a noticeable increase in harassment of journalists, with women bearing the brunt of online attacks.
An independent jury of media professionals selected Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, for the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, which will be awarded on 2 May in connection with World Press Freedom Day.
24/04/2018

Palestine Refugee Children in Syria Brave “the Checkpoint of Death” for the Sake of Education and Dignity

Human Wrongs Watch

23 April 2018 — Local people call it “the checkpoint of death”. It is controlled by ISIS and for two years, 900 Palestine refugee students registered with UNRWA risked their lives to pass through it every day to get to school on the other side.

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More than 650 Palestine refugee twelfth-grade students and 26 Lebanese and foreign universities, academic institutes and scholarship providers participated in the fifth annual Academic Fair in Lebanon. Hoops Club, Beirut. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Ali Hashisho

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24/04/2018

With Threat of Nuclear Weapon Use Growing, Non-Proliferation Treaty More Vital than Ever – UN Disarmament Chief

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The  on 23 April 2018 said on that the world today faces similar challenges to the context that gave birth to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and that the threat of use of nuclear weapons is growing.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre | Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs addresses the opening session of the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in Geneva.
24/04/2018

Youth the ‘Missing Peace’ to Tackling Global Challenges — UN Envoy 

Human Wrongs Watch 

Tapping the potential and creativity of young people is indispensable to prevent conflict and build peace, the United Nations youth envoy on 23 April 2018 said, urging governments to create conditions that allow their meaningful participation in civic and political lives.

UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein | Women and girls in Monrovia, Liberia, staged a peaceful sit-in protest against gender-based violence in 2007.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, underlined three critical areas – supporting youth’s peace efforts; prioritizing their political participation; and partnering with them.
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