Archive for May 15th, 2018

15/05/2018

Climate Change: An “Existential Threat” to Humanity, UN Chief Warns Global Summit

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None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on 15 May 2018, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity.

World Bank/Dominic Sansoni | Solar panel used for lighting village homes in Sri Lanka. | Source: UN News Centre
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Both leadership and innovation are essential for climate action, Secretary-General António Guterressaid in his keynote address to the global gathering, known as the R20 Austrian World Summit – a long-term initiative to help regions, States and cities implement the Sustainable Development Goalsand meet the Paris Agreementtargets.

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15/05/2018

Gaza Medics ‘Struggling to Cope with Influx of Wounded’ — UN Agencies

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Medical teams inside Gaza are running out of supplies to cope with the wounded, following the deadliest day of protests against occupation along the border with Israel so far this year, UN aid agencies on 15 May 2018 warned.

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Save the Children/Mohamed N Ali | A 14-year-old boy who was reportedly shot and injured in both legs on 30 March in Gaza.

Speaking after 58 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,300 were injured by Israeli security forces on Monday, the World Health Organization’s Tarik Jasarevic said that life-saving drugs were “urgently needed”.

These include antibiotics and adrenaline, according to the WHO spokesperson, who explained that more than 10 years of blockade had already undermined Gaza’s healthcare capacity.

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15/05/2018

‘Enough Is Enough; Stop Attacks on Children’ — UNICEF

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With defenceless children increasingly targeted in conflicts , the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on all warring parties around the globe to comply with international law and keep them safe from harm.

UNICEF/Romenzi | An 18-month-old toddler stands outside a tent where she lives with her family in Saadnayel Camp, an informal tented settlement where Syrian refugees are sheltering, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
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In the first four months of 2018 alone, hundreds of children lost their lives and many more wounded in countries ranging from the Central African Republic to South Sudan, and from Syria to Afghanistan.

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15/05/2018

UN Health Agency Aims to Save Millions of Lives by ‘Elimination’ of Trans-Fatty Acids from Global Food Chain

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Industrially-produced trans-fats may give food a longer shelf life, but each year they also lead to the death of more than 500,000 people from cardiovascular and heart disease, according to the United Nations health agency.

Public Domain |Hamburger with Fries. WHO has released the REPLACE guidelines, to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from food suplly.
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Now, the World Health Organization(WHO) has released guidance which is hopes will help make it possible to eliminate these harmful compounds altogether, by 2023.
15/05/2018

Jobs in the Green Economy Will ‘More than Offset’ Losses in Traditional Industry by 2030 – ILO

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Action to combat climate change could create millions of new job opportunities and “more than” offset losses in traditional industries, the UN labour agency on 14 May 2018 said.

World Bank/ Ivelina Taushanova | Wind farm near Kavarna, Bulgaria. According to ILO’s 2018 World Employment and Social Outlook report action to combat climate change will create 24 million new jobs globally by 2030. Photo from UN News Centre.
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) made the announcement at the launch of its annual flagship reporton the state of the global job market.
15/05/2018

‘Peace Journalism’ To Help Build a More Peaceful World

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By Vatican News  (TRANSCEND Media Service)*

8 May 2018Every year on the Sunday before Pentecost the Church marks World Communications Day to celebrate the achievements of the media and to focus of how communications can best be used to promote gospel values.

In the lead-up to this Sunday’s 52ndWorld Communications Day, Pope Francis released a message entitled “The Truth will set you free. Fake news and journalism for peace.”

But what is peace journalism?

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15/05/2018

‘Never Forget Children,’ UNICEF Warns of Escalating Violence in Central African Republic

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14 May 2018 — At least 350,000 children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are out of school and lack access to health and other basic services, including nearly 29,000 who have fled escalating violence this year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned, urging warring parties to stop the fighting. 

MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis | 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.
15/05/2018

‘Avoid Further Bloodshed,’ Profoundly Alarmed UN Chief Urges as Gaza Violence Leaves Dozens Dead

Following reports that dozens of Palestinians have been killed, demonstrating along the border of the Gaza Strip on 14 May 2018, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to show restraint. 

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Suhair Karam/IRIN | A view of Jabalia refugee camp. Jabalia is the largest of the Gaza Strip’s eight refugee camps. It is located north of Gaza City, close to a village of the same name.
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