Archive for May 9th, 2018

09/05/2018

Poor Land Use Costs Countries 9 Per Cent Equivalent of Their GDP

Bonn, Germany, 9 May 2019 (UNCCD)*The global economy will lose a whopping USD23 trillion by 2050 through land degradation, a review by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) warns.
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Source: UNCCD

To take urgent action now and halt these alarming trends would cost USD4.6 trillion – only a fraction of the predicted losses.

The outcomes of the review have been assembled into comprehensive and easy-to-use Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Country Profiles, of which 21 are already available online.

The LDN Country Profiles reveal that average losses for these 21 countries are equivalent to 9 percent of GDP. This figure is even higher for some of the planet’s worst affected countries, such as the Central African Republic, where the total losses are estimated at a staggering 40 percent

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09/05/2018

‘Gender-Sensitive’ Trade Policies Help Empower East African Women

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Trade policies which better benefit women across East Africa, can pave the way for more inclusive development and prosperity, according to a new report from the United Nations trade body.

UNCTAD/AdamKane | Women traders in Tanzania have helped to boost growth rate but still face inequality
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Crediting improved education, employment and other key areas, the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on 9 May 2018 that East African countries can put better policies in place to address gender inequalities and bring women further into the workforce.

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09/05/2018

European Luminaries Warn about New Phase of EU ‘Lethargy’

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Visitors queue to enter the European Commission’s Berlaymont building during an ‘Open Day’ for the public to visit the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 5 May 2018. [EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND] | Source: EurActiv.

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09/05/2018

Smugglers See Thousands of Migrants in Yemen as ‘a Commodity’, UN Warns

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With an estimated 7,000 migrants entering Yemen each month, most of them seeking to reach Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, the United Nations migration agency on 8 May 2018 called for greater efforts to protect them from smugglers and other criminals.

Olivia Headon/IOM | A group of Ethiopians arrival in Obock, Djibouti. From there, many take boats across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen.
“I met teenagers in utter distress from what they had experienced already in their young lives,” said Mohammed Abdiker, Director of Operations and Emergencies at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), following a visit to Yemen this past week.
09/05/2018

Prevent Terrorists Profiting from Cross-Border Crime, Security Council Urges

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The United Nations Security-Council on 8 May 2018 called on all countries as well as international organizations to do more to stop terrorists enriching themselves through cross-border organized crime.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security.
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In a statement read out by Joanna Wronecka – the Permanent Representative of Poland, which holds the Presidency this month – the Council urged UN Member States “to secure their borders against, investigate and prosecute terrorists and criminals working with them, including by strengthening national, regional and global systems to collect, analyse and exchange information.”
09/05/2018

‘Fabric of Society’ at Risk in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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With elections looming, tensions across Bosnia and Herzegovina are rising alongside inflammatory rhetoric against the country’s long-standing peace agreement, a senior figure monitoring its implementation has warned.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, briefs the Security Council on 8 May 2018.
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Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the Security Council on 8 May 2018 that the situation was being heightened by a “general trend” towards stockpiling weapons across the Balkan state.

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09/05/2018

WHO: “We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet” — Dangers Persist for Nearly One Million Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

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Renewed efforts are underway in Bangladesh to protect nearly one million Myanmar refugees from cholera, amid a warning from the UN health agency on 8 May 2018 that “we’re not out of the woods yet”.

UNICEF/Bashir Ahmed Sujan | A Rohingya refugee child is administered an oral polio vaccine at an immunization centre in Bormapara makeshift settlement, Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, Thursday 21 December 2017.
Dr. Richard Brennan, Director of Emergency Operations at the World Health Organization, (WHO), issued the warning in Geneva, citing risks from other diseases, natural hazards and a serious funding shortage.
09/05/2018

‘US wants Iraqi-style regime change in Iran’

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**Photo: Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. | Author: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

 

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09/05/2018

UN Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ by US Decision to Exit Iran Nuclear Deal

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Following a decision on 8 May 2018 by the United States to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the United Nations chief said he was “deeply concerned” by the move, and called on all parties to preserve the deal.

IAEA/Paolo Contri | The Busher nuclear power plant in Iran.
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President Donald Trump made the announcement at the White House, and immediately afterwards signed a memorandum to begin reinstating economic sanctions on Iran at “the highest level”.
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