Archive for July 26th, 2018

26/07/2018

In Turkey, Refugee Child Marriages Drive Adolescent Pregnancies Underground

Pregnant child brides need extra attention, says Huda, a UNFPA midwife in the Hayati Harrani women's and girl's safe space. “But our hands are tied because so few come for care.” © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet
Pregnant child brides need extra attention, says Huda, a UNFPA midwife in the Hayati Harrani women’s and girl’s safe space. “But our hands are tied because so few come for care.” © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet

Some 475,000 Syrian refugees have sought safe haven in the desert city, about an hour’s drive from the Syrian border. Many are mired in poverty and struggling to rebuild their lives. Some have resorted to marrying off their underage daughters.

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26/07/2018

‘Stigma and Discrimination Still Persist’ against People Living with HIV –International Labour Organization

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Although progress in treating people living with HIV has enabled them to work, they continue to face career discrimination, says a new study launched on 26 July 2018 by the United Nations labour agency.

UNICEF/Daniele Volpe | Monique (left) transitioned from being a client at UNICEF-backed EVE for Life, which supports women and children living with or affected by HIV and AIDS, to a full-time employee, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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Based on 13 country team surveys throughout the world, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) HIV Stigma and Discrimination in the World of Work: Findings from the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, draws on interviews with more than 100,000 people living with the virus.

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26/07/2018

Every Three Minutes a Teenage Girl Is Infected by HIV – UNICEF

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AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK, 25 July 2018 (UNICEF)* Around 30 teenagers aged 15 to 19 were newly infected with HIV per hour in 2017, according to a new UNICEF report. Of these, two-thirds were girls.

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Girls taking a selfie.
UNICEF/UN0199074/Noorani | Adolescent girls take a selfie with their smartphone at a “Lifeskills” event in Union Development & Culture Community Centre in Djibouti in 2018.
26/07/2018

From Fish to Dish — The Maldives Set an Example of Sustainable Seafood Value Chains

23 July 2018 (UN Environment)* — Fish is one of the most traded food commodities, and global consumption of fish and seafood has more than doubled since 1973. Over the same period, overfishing increased from 7 per cent to 33 per cent of all fish stocks. To reverse this alarming trend, unsustainable practices in the fishing industry need to be urgently addressed across the entire value chain, from fish to dish.

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Photo by IFAD/R. Ramasomanana | Photo from UN Environment.

An example of how this may be achieved comes from the Maldives, an archipelago of around 1,200 coral islands mostly known for its tropical beaches.

Fish is the country’s main natural resource and tuna is the country’s primary export good, second only to the tourism industry for its contribution to the country’s economy.

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26/07/2018

How Important Are the Wetlands? Seats of Biological Diversity

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By Nila Eslit*

25 July 2018 (Wall Street International)* – Sadly, not many people understand the importance of wetlands. They think these areas are just wastelands that have to be repurposed into something “beneficial”.
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Wetlands
Wetlands | Photo From Wall Street International

It’s appalling to see wetlands being converted into commercial spaces or industrial buildings. For me, it’s like leading humanity to perdition the merry way. But, I’m not one who would just sit back and passively look at the destruction of these ecosystems. I would rather try to take this marshy issue clear.

Having said this, may I lay down the roles of wetlands.

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26/07/2018

Early Marriage Looks Like Our Only Option, Say Displaced Congolese Teens

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By Vania Turner and Andreas Kirchhof in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Extreme poverty among the displaced, who are not getting enough humanitarian aid due to funding gaps, is forcing some parents to marry off their children.

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Boniface and Anuarite are among the many displaced Congolese teens compelled to marry young. © UNHCR

“Life has stolen my childhood. I shouldn’t be married now,” says Boniface, who fled his village and found refuge here in the capital of Tanganyika province.

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26/07/2018

Drought: For Every $1 Spent on Early Livestock Interventions in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in 2017, Each Family Saw Benefits Worth Up to $9

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ROME (FAO)*  Intervening early in countries predicted to be hit by natural disasters can prevent threats from becoming humanitarian emergencies, or can mitigate their impacts, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 26 July 2018.

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Samburu pastoralists have their goats vaccinated with support from FAO, Kenya.| FAO

For every $1 FAO spent on early livestock interventions in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in early 2017, as herders braced for another harsh drought, each family saw benefits worth up to $9 due to less animals dying of hunger and disease, and producing up to three times more milk.

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26/07/2018

History Redux – The Separation of Children and Families

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By Martha R. Bireda*

25 July 2018 (Wall Street International)* — The current policy of separating children from parents seeking the asylum in the United States has caused a moral and political uproar in America. Protests, marches, political opponents demonizing the other. This crisis has turned the United States into a moral and political battleground.

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The policy of separating children from parents | Photo from Wall Street International

 The separation of children from their parents is the historical policy practiced by the United States for children of color.

Enslaved African children were torn from their mothers as they given as gifts to relatives and mothers were sold to a new plantation. These mothers wept the bitter salty tears that could never dry as they were never united with their children.

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26/07/2018

24 New Biosphere Reserves Designated to Protect Mangroves, Tropical Rainforests and Other Biodiversity Hotspots

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Protecting mangroves, tropical rainforests and other biodiversity hotspots, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bumped up its World Network of Biosphere Reserves by 24 new sites on Wednesday 25 July 2018, which means that 686 unique natural sites in total are being preserved globally.

UNESCO/Abdul Daudo | Quirimbas Biosphere Reserve, Mozambique.

“Conserving the biodiversity and the management of natural resources in these ecosystems is a prerequisite for sustainable development,” declared UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

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