Archive for July 12th, 2018

12/07/2018

‘New Global Compact on Migration Has “Immense Potential” to Harness the Benefits of Orderly Migration, Lower the Risks Facing Millions on the Move without Documentation’

Human Wrongs Watch

With the UN General Assembly set to agree a new global compact on migration, the United Nations chief on 12 July 2018 highlighted its “immense potential” to harness the benefits of orderly migration and lower the risks facing millions on the move without documentation.

“Migration is a positive global phenomenon,” Secretary-General António Guterres told a press conference at UN Headquarters, with negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration expected to conclude on Friday [13 July 2018] in New York, for formal adoption in December in Marrakesh.

“Migrants are a remarkable engine for growth,” Guterres stressed, noting that they number more than 250 million around the world, making up 3 per cent of the global population and contributing 10 per cent of the overall global gross domestic product.

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12/07/2018

“Why Not Me?” Young People from Kinshasa Start Their Own Businesses

Human Wrongs Watch

KINSHASA, 11 July 2018 (ILO)* — Régine Kahindo Lukwangi didn’t seem to have the right profile to become a business tycoon. One of five siblings, she didn’t have the skills that would have enabled her to start a business. So first she studied to be a nurse in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), intending to pursue a classic career in a health centre. 
Régine Kahindo Lukwangi

From the outset, however, she realized that she was made for the business world.

“My parents were shopkeepers. We talked about buying and selling every day at home. So while I was studying, I couldn’t resist starting a business.”

12/07/2018

Beijing Joining the Ranks of the World’s Most Liveable Cities

12 July 2018 (UN Environment)* Every year, people all over the world tune in to see which cities make it onto the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) list of the world’s most liveable cities. And every year, a number of surveys look at the best and worst living conditions in the world’s major cities. For the EIU, each city is ranked across 30 factors – from acceptable to intolerable – and across quantitative and qualitative criteria.

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Photo from UN Environment. 

The annual report, which measures quality of life, fires up the aspirations of many of the world’s greatest cities. Beijing is one city that is tackling its ranking, and its environment.

But what goes into these rankings and how much do environmental factors really matter to quality of life? And can a city grow in population and at the same time improve the quality of its air, water and public transportation?

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12/07/2018

The Mexican School Where Pupils Plant, Harvest and Eat Together

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Math lessons couldn’t be any more engrossing than in the school’s vegetable garden. ©FAO/Fernando Reyes Pantoja

12 July 2018 (FAO)* — Elvis Cortés Hernández grabs his lunch and sits down with his friends. We’re at the General Lázaro Cárdenas school in Ajalpan, deep in the heart of Mexico’s Puebla province and the ten–year–old is chatting about the school’s vegetable garden, one element of its progressive food policy. “I like to eat in the school dining room because they give me carrots, broccoli and fruit,” he says, crushing a piece of mango with his teeth.

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12/07/2018

Rohingya Cannot Become ‘Forgotten Victims’ – Guterres

Human Wrongs Watch

Painting a grim picture of villages being burned to the ground and other “bone-chilling” accounts he heard from Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar, the UN chief has called on the world to answer their calls for help with real action.  

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UNHCR/Caroline Gluck A Rohingya boy walks up steps in a rain-damaged section of the Chakmarkul refugee settlement.

“Small children butchered in front of their parents. Girls and women gang-raped while family members were tortured and killed,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on 11 July 2018 in a Washington Post opinion piece, adding: “Nothing could have prepared me for the bone-chilling accounts.”

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12/07/2018

Cities Are Where Struggle for Sustainability ‘Will Be Won or Lost’

Human Wrongs Watch

Although cities are often characterized by stark socioeconomic inequalities and poor environmental conditions, they also offer growth and development potential – making them central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a main focus of the third day of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on 11 July 2018.

UN News/Eric Ganz | View of Manhattan from Long Island City, Queens, New York.
Through the inherently integrated nature of urban development, the 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impacts a wide range of 2030 Agenda issues from sustainable consumption and production to affordable and clean energy along with health, sustainable transportation, clean water and sanitation. Basically, life on land.

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12/07/2018

Fragile Countries Risk Being ‘Stuck in a Cycle of Conflict and Climate Disaster’

Human Wrongs Watch

Climate change – and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official on 11 July 2018 told the Security Council, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also most vulnerable to conflict and fragility.

OCHA/Otto Bakano | A family goes in search of water in Burkina Faso where more than 950,000 people are severely food insecure, notably in the conflict-hit northern regions.
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“Climate change is inextricably linked to some of the most pressing security challenges of our time,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during a debateintended to deepen understanding of climate-related security risks.

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