Archive for July 10th, 2018

10/07/2018

South Sudan: ‘Horrific Acts’ by Government May Constitute ‘War Crimes’ – UN Human Rights Office 

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Multiple killings and a campaign of sexual violence that may amount to war crimes have been documented by United Nations rights monitors in South Sudan’s Unity state, prompting a call for government and opposition forces to be held to account.

OCHA/Guiomar Pau Sole | The only primary healthcare centre in Mayendit town, South Sudan, the compound of an non-governmental organization and the warehouse with medical supplies were looted and destroyed during clashes in March 2017.
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, issued a report on 10 July 2018, noting the “deliberate…and brutally violent” targeting of civilians, particularly women and children, in April and May.

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10/07/2018

Malian Refugee Refuses Forced Marriage in Favour of School

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By Helena Pes in Mbera Refugee Camp, Mauritania*

Fatimata, 12, had a narrow escape after resisting an arranged marriage, but her case reflects a wider problem among Malian refugees in Mauritania.

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Fatimata writes and draws in her school notebooks inside her parents’ tent. Behind her, piled up, are the mattresses and blankets that would have served as her dowry. © UNHCR/Helena Pes

10/07/2018

UN Environment Calls to Stop Flow of “Dirty Fuel” from European Ports to West Africa

The Hague (UN Environment)* A new report outlining the origin and composition of “dirty diesel” transported from European ports to Western Africa was presented to the Dutch government on 9 July 2018, showing insufficient compliance with processing rules leading to fuel blends that represent a risk to people and the environment.

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Photo from UN Environment.

UN Environment applauds the action taken by the government of the Netherlands to better understand and proactively approach the problem, and urges other nations to follow suit.

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10/07/2018

Henry Kissinger Pens Ominous Warning on Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

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What if machines learn to communicate with each other? What if they begin to establish their own objectives? What if they become so intelligent that they are making decisions beyond the capacity of the human mind?

Those are some of the questions the 95-year-old Kissinger poses in a piece published by the Atlantic under the apocalyptic headline: ‘How The Enlightenment Ends.’

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10/07/2018

“I’m ashamed to say I hit her once, but I’ve reformed” – Breaking Stereotypes and Transforming Masculinity in Viet Nam

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By Thao Hoang*

9 July, 2018 (UN Women)* — It’s 9 PM on a Wednesday night in Viet Nam’s central city of Da Nang. A group of six men are sitting around drinking beer outside a local home-based store and discussing the latest political and economic news. Meanwhile, inside, 56-year-old retiree, Vu Dinh Coi, is cleaning the house and washing the used glasses.

Vu Dinh Coi, 56, takes care of the housework and other chores for his wife’s rest. Photo: UN Women/Thao Hoang.

Vu Dinh Coi, 56, takes care of the housework and other chores for his wife’s rest. Photo: UN Women/Thao Hoang.

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10/07/2018

Balloons, Disinfectant, Brandy Used in Attempts to Prevent Pregnancy

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 9 July 2018 (UNFPA)* – Fifty years ago, world leaders recognized family planning as a human right. Yet safe and reliable forms of contraception remain out of reach for hundreds of millions of people.
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Balloons, disinfectant, brandy used in attempts to prevent pregnancy
People still resort to useless, dangerous strategies to prevent pregnancy. In some places, a fruit brandy called Rakija may still be used for this purpose. © UNFPA Bosnia and Herzegovina/Armin Smailovic

UNFPA has collected dozens of examples of the ineffective – and even harmful – strategies people resort to while trying to prevent pregnancy, described in a new feature, “Unsafe, unreliable: Dangerous pregnancy prevention methods.”

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10/07/2018

Old Is Gold

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By Dr Ravi P Bhatia*

9 Jul 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Today this expression would not be accepted by most people around the world for the simple reason that old may be associated with old age which becomes weak and degraded as the years pass.

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Dr Ravi P Bhatia

Gold is however a material that maintains its color and brightness even after long duration.

In fact this is why people collect gold in jewellery or in any other form.

It is due to these properties that people buy it and store it or gift it to some dear ones.

And if financial need arises, one can sell one’s gold for meeting the need for money.

But there are many other aspects — old memories of friends or songs or paintings where old is cherished.

Talking of paintings who can forget the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci(1452- 1519) who painted Mona Lisawhose smile bewitches millions of onlookers.
Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Salvador Daliare other unforgettable European painters whose works bring us joy and wistfulness.

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10/07/2018

Security Council Urges Countries to Factor Child Protection into Conflict Prevention Efforts

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Countries have been urged to mainstream child protection into the policies they introduce aimed at preventing conflict, in line with a Security Council resolution adopted on 9 July 2018.

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UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, addresses the Security Council meeting on the issue. July 9, 2018.
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The Council met to debate the latest UN annual report on Children and Armed Conflict which revealed that once again, the number of boys and girls affected by fighting has increased, with more than 21,000 violations documented during the past year.
10/07/2018

A ‘Laser-Sharp Focus’, an ‘Unwavering Attention’ and a ‘True Sense of Urgency’ Needed to Achieve Global Goals by 2030

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Progress has been made on achieving global goals to end poverty and hunger but meeting the targets by the deadline of 2030 will require a laser-sharp focus and a true sense of urgency, a key United Nations forum on sustainable development heard on 9 July 2018.

UNICEF/Maxence Bradley | UNICEF and its partners, together with the government of Haiti, have been able to ensure safe water is available daily to over 281,000 individuals, including over 118,000 children, three months after hurricane Matthew struck the country on 4 October 2016.
“We have only 12 more years to fully realize this transformative agenda, but these goals are absolutely within our reach,” said Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs, in his opening remarks.
10/07/2018

Sixty Million People Directly Employed in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Worldwide

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The vital role that fishing and fish-farming play in supporting some of the poorest families across the world, came under the spotlight on 9 July 2018 with the publication of the annual United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on the global industry.

FAO/Sia Kambou | Fishermen offloading tunas at the industrial fish port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: FAO/Sia Kambou
According to the latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report, nearly 60 million people worldwide – 14 per cent of them women – are directly employed in fisheries and the aquaculture sector.
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