Archive for June 10th, 2018

10/06/2018

Cultural and Religious Diversity at a Crossroad

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim*

(Wall Street International)* — The world’s population now stands at approximately 7 billion people spread among 7 continents. The United Nations is comprised of 194 States. There are more ethnicities than the world’s countries. It is estimated that there are more than 6,500 languages worldwide.

Cultural and religious diversity at a crossroad
Cultural and religious diversity at a crossroad | Photo from Wall Street International.

The Earth’s population is divided among major world religions and civilizations that have contributed to the world’s evolution since time immemorial.

The Earth is a cultural mosaic and an arena of dynamic interchange between cultures and civilizations.

Despite the fact that the world has a long history of multi-culturalism and our individual and collective experiences have been enriched accordingly, current trends invoke concern for the future.

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10/06/2018

G7 Leaders Release Tepid Plans for Addressing Climate Change and Ocean Plastic Pollution – Greenpeace Response

In response to the climate announcement, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said:

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10/06/2018

From Drought to Floods in Somalia; Displacement and Hunger Worsen — UN

Human Wrongs Watch

After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding that has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 8 June 2018 said.

UN Photo/Ilyas Ahmed | The town of Belet Weyne in the Hiraan region of Somalia as seen from the air submerged in flood waters from the Shabelle river on 30 April 2018. Belet Weyne is currently experiencing its worst flooding ever and over 150,000 people have been displaced.
 
According to the agency, about 230,000 people, over half of whom are estimated to be children, have been displaced since April due to flooding. They join around 2.6 million people across the country who have already been affected by drought and conflict.

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10/06/2018

‘We Face a Global Emergency’ Over Oceans — UN Chief Sounds the Alarm at G7 Summit

Human Wrongs Watch

9 June 2018 — Unless there is a change of course, the amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans will outweigh the fish that live in them, by 2050, said the United Nations Secretary-General on Saturday, declaring that the world now faces a “global emergency” over the oceans.

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UN Photo/Martine Perret | Plastic bottles and garbage waste from a village in Timor-Leste wash on the shores of a river and then spill into the sea.

“The facts are clear.  Our oceans are a mess,” said António Guterres at an outreach event, that was part of the Group of Seven – or G7 – Summit of industrialized nations, taking place over two days, in Charlevoix, Canada.

The G7 group of advanced economies, consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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