Archive for July 6th, 2018

06/07/2018

‘Do Not Send Rescued Migrants Back to Detention’ – UN Migration Agency’s Chief Appeals to Libya

Human Wrongs Watch

Tripoli, 6 July 2018  (IOM)* William Lacy Swing, head of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, appealed to the Libyan authorities to stop detaining migrants after they have been intercepted by the Coast Guard after seeking to cross the Mediterranean. IOM also seeks to speed up the process of voluntary return of migrants to their countries of origin.

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UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi | Migrants sit on mattresses laid on the floor at a detention centre, located on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday 1 February 2017.

“Those who wish to go home should be speedily and voluntarily returned to their countries of origin rather than linger in detention.”

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06/07/2018

‘Time Is Running Out for the World’s Forests’

Human Wrongs Watch

6 July 2018 — Time is running out for the world’s forests, warns a new report by the United Nations agriculture agency, urging governments to foster an all-inclusive approach to benefit both trees and those who rely on them.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | A resident of the National Tapajos Forest in Brazil collects wild foliage for preparing a meal.

Halting deforestation, managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded forests and adding to worldwide tree cover all require actions to avoid potentially damaging consequences for the planet and its people, according to the State of the World’s Forests 2018, referred to as SOFO 2018.

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06/07/2018

Pope Francis, Environmental Leaders Forge Vision for Global Action

Vatican City (UN Environment)* – Environmental leaders, activists and advocates gathered here on 5 July 2018 with Pope Francis to kick off a two-day Vatican-organized conference with a sense of urgency and unity. Together they hope to emerge with a momentum for greater action and a shared vision for protecting our planet.

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Inspired by the third anniversary of the Pope’s seminal encyclical on the issue – titled Laudato si’–  political and religious leaders, scientists, economists and heads of civil society organizations came together to discuss how to awaken people to the gravity of the situation and inspire a “massive movement” of cooperative action and moral responsibility to our planet.

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06/07/2018

Fisherwomen of Lake Chad Show Optimism in Face of Multiple Challenges

Human Wrongs Watch

5 July 2018 — It’s eight o’clock in the morning and fifty-year-old Falmata Mboh Ali paddles her small dugout canoe to the shores of a tributary of Lake Chad in Bol, a small town 100 miles north of the capital of Chad, N’Djamena.

UN News/Dan Dickinson | Fisherwomen like Falmata Mboh Ali (right) hard at work on Lake Chad, which has shrunk to a tenth of its original size over the past decades leaving dwindling stocks of fish.

In her nets she has perhaps fifty fish, a good enough catch, given she started fishing just five hours earlier. But, it is not sufficient to feed her eleven children.

“I can sell this fish and use that money to buy grain to feed my family,” she said, “but the grain doesn’t go far. I have been fishing for twenty years and it is becoming more difficult to catch fish.”

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06/07/2018

Dangers of Poor Quality Health Care Revealed ‘in All Countries’ – WHO Report

Human Wrongs Watch

Ineffective health care is a global phenomenon which increases the burden of illness and wastes scarce resources, UN experts on 5 July 2018 said.

UNICEF |A health volunteer fills a syringe with a dose of tetanus vaccine in the village of Buaw in Koch county, South Sudan, 7 May 2017.

In a new reporton the subject, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners cited problems with delivering quality health care across all Member States.

The finding is important because, although nations have committed to providing universal health coverage by 2030, the outcome “would still be poor” without the delivery of effective care, WHO says.

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