Archive for June 16th, 2018

16/06/2018

‘Sexual Violence Used as a Tactical, Effective and Cost-Free Strategy to Terrorize Communities, Facilitate Territorial, Political and Economic Gains in War Field’

Human Wrongs Watch

June 14, 2018 (UN Women)* — This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we celebrate ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1820 (2008), which classified the use of conflict-related sexual violence as an impediment to the restoration of international peace and security.

Story with Gladys Ngwepekeum Nkeh, a UN Police officer from Cameroon.

Baby Gladys, named after the UN Police Officer, who helped her mother when she became pregnant after being raped at 13. Bangui, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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16/06/2018

Rape: Weapon of War

Human Wrongs Watch

OHCHR*  — Is rape really a matter for the United Nations? The Security Council has answered that question with a resounding yes by voting unanimously for a resolution describing rape as a tactic of war and a threat to international security.

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But perhaps the more important question is: Will the resolution give teeth to efforts to stem sexual violence against women in conflict situations?

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16/06/2018

‘Sexual Violence in Conflict, a Stain on Our Common Humanity’ — International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch

By António Guterres*

Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our collective security and a stain on our common humanity.

Its effects can echo across generations, through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy. Children conceived through wartime rape often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the guns have fallen silent.

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16/06/2018

Estimated $6.5 Trillion in Familiy Remittances Will Be Sent to Developing Countries between 2015 and 2030

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome, 14 June 2018 (IFAD)*Ahead of the International Day of Family Remittancesto be observed on 16 June, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for continued efforts to help remittance-receiving families build a sustainable future for themselves and their communities.

©IFAD/Christine Nesbitt

Houngbo’s message comes as the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Tuesday 14 June 2018 which endorses the International Day originally created by IFAD’s Governing Council. The resolution highlights that remittances play a key role in sustainable development.

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16/06/2018

Sending Money Home: Nine Reasons Why Remittances Matter

Human Wrongs Watch

Some mini-fundio farmers from Corrientes sell their produce in the city market. ©IFAD/Giuseppe Bizzarri

1. In 2017, approximately 200 million migrant workers sent US$481 billion back home to remittance reliant countries, of which US$466 billion was to developing countries. That’s over double the amount sent in 2007 and more than three times the amount of official development assistance from all sources combined.

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16/06/2018

Much More than a ‘Lifeline’ for Millions, Remittances Can Spur Global Growth — IFAD

Human Wrongs Watch

15 June 2018 — Not only are remittances a “critical lifeline” for millions globally, the direct benefits of money sent home by migrant workers touch the lives of one in every seven persons on the planet – over one billion people, the United Nations rural development agency has said.

IFAD | It is estimated that family remittances – the money sent back by migrant workers to their relatives – support 800 million people worldwide.
Remittances are vital for millions of families, helping them to address their own development goals, but we can help them do more and build their longer-term future,” said Gilbert Houngbo, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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16/06/2018

Migration Is Here to Stay

Human Wrongs Watch

By Claire Stam with Alexandra Brzozowski| EURACTIV.com*

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Italian Coastguard/Massimo Sestini The Italian Navy rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

The CSU, in quiet political times normally described as the CDU’s sister party from Bavaria, did not hesitate to put the current coalition in jeopardy in order to force the Chancellor to put aside her liberal stance and adopt a tough line on migration. All because the CSU says it will not wait any longer for Europe to act.

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16/06/2018

Heat-Resistant Crops, ‘Green’ Infrastructure, Can prepare Near East and North Africa to Better Tackle Droughts – UN Agency

Human Wrongs Watch

Countries in the Near-East and North Africa, where chronic water shortages are sure to worsen due to climate change, must take pro-active steps to become more resilient against droughts, the United Nations agriculture agency on 15 June 2018 said.

 

Fertile land dried and cracked due to lack of rain, Morocco. | Photo from FAO

Even though drought is a familiar phenomenon in the region, over the past four decades, droughts have become more widespread, prolonged and frequent – likely due to climate change. Though the region is not highly prone to drought, desert makes up three quarters of its territory, which stretches from Morocco to Iraq.

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