Archive for May 8th, 2018

08/05/2018

First New Land Ready: Will Allow Rohingya Refugees to Move to Safer Ground Before Monsoon

Human Wrongs Watch

Cox’s Bazar, 8 May 2018 (IOM)* Humanitarian agencies working in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps today 8 May 2018 marked the completion of the first new plot of land prepared to relocate families most at risk of landslides during the upcoming monsoon season.

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Over 3,500 labourers, backed with heavy machinery, are working to prepare safe land in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

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08/05/2018

To Be a Palestinian Jerusalemite These Days

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By Walid Salem*

8 May 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — The Arab Summit held in Saudi Arabia in the 15th of April passed this year without attracting media attention. Strong decisions about Palestine and Iran, and a deep split regarding Syria. These are in general the summit resolutions.

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Walid Salem

Jerusalem wise the summit was called by King Salman as “Al Quds Summit”, with 150 million dollars allocated by Saudi Arabia to the Islamic Endowment in the city, and other 50 million allocated to the UNRWA.

As happened with the previous summits financial support decisions, one has to wait and see if these will find their way to implementation this time.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a letter to the summit after its end, calling for a mechanism to implement the summit decisions. We will wait and see.

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08/05/2018

‘Silence the Guns’ Urges UN Disarmament Chief as Global Week of Action Begins

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The international community must present a united front against gun violence which kills nearly 250,000 each year and injures many more, on 7 May 2018 said a senior United Nations official, marking the start of a Global Week of Action Against the scourge.

UN Photo | The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd on display at the UN Visitors’ Plaza.
“Every day, hundreds of lives are lost due to gun violence worldwide,” the UN Disarmament Affairs chief, Izumi Nakamitsu, said in her message at the start of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence.
08/05/2018

With 1 in 4 People Feared to Be Living in a Country Severely Affected in 2050, UN Forum to Coordinate Global Efforts to Address Worsening Water Shortages

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With extreme weather costing hundreds of billions a year and fears that by 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages, a global conference got underway on 7 May 2018 convened by the United Nations meteorological agency to manage the precious resource more sustainably.

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WMO/Luke Romick | A child in the village of Mcuba, Swaziland
08/05/2018

The Times Call for Radical Action!

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By David Adams*

Transition to a Culture of PeaceTRANSCEND Media Service — 7 May 2018 — War and threats of war. Resurgence of fascism. Indicators forewarning a global economic crash. Acceleration of global warming. Wherever you turn, there are signs of dramatic, radical, dangerous change.

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David Adams

What is to be done? Where is the lever that can move history forward? We need radical action, but which action should we put first?

Personally, I’ve been active in all the relevant movements: socialism, ecology, peace, democracy, and each one has its proposals. What should be the priority?

Let’s look at the probable sequence, keeping in mind what happened 30 years to the Soviet empire.

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08/05/2018

‘Robust’ Economic Growth in Asia-Pacific Last Year and ‘Promising’ Prospects Ahead – UN Report

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7 May 2018 — Economies in the Asia-Pacific region registered robust growth in 2017 and prospects for this year look promising, the United Nations development arm in the region said, urging countries to take advantage of positive conditions and address underlying vulnerabilities.

ILO Photo | A photograph of the city of Beijing. According to the ESCAP Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, China is estimated to register a 6.9 per cent real GDP growth in 2017.
08/05/2018

UN Human Rights Experts Urge Poland to Ensure Unrestricted ‘Civic Space’ During Coming Climate Change Conference

UNFCCC | Youth attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany in 2017 (file).
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Poland’s new law designed to address safety concerns during the United Nations climate change conference to be held there later this year could infringe on the privacy of environmentalists and curtail their rights to protest peacefully, UN human rights experts on 7 May 2018 said.  
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