Archive for August 29th, 2018

29/08/2018

How a New Law in Uruguay Boosted Care Services While Breaking Gender Stereotypes

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Its innovative care system is cited as a model for the future of care, in the ILO’s latest report on the care economy.

Rossana Antúnez caring for Catalina, a 7-year old suffering from a severe form of epilepsy | Photo from ILO News.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 27 August 2018 (ILO)* – Life has not always been easy for Rossana Antúnez. She is divorced and lives with her mother, and her 23-year old son here.

She takes care of Catalina, a 7-year old girl who suffers from West Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. “Catalina has a severe dependency and I assist her in everything she needs,” Antúnez explains.

29/08/2018

‘With More and More Children Forced to Leave Their Homes, over Half of the World’s Refugee Children Not in School’

With more and more children forced to leave their homes, over half of the world’s school-aged refugees are now out of education, the United Nations refugee agency said in a new report released on Wednesday 29 August 2018.

UNHCR/Catherine Wachiaya | Students using tablets from the Instant Network Schools (INS) project in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.
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The agency’s annual report on refugee children’s education, this year called Turn the Tide: Refugee Education in Crisis, warned that without investment, hundreds of thousands more children could miss out on the chance to health themselves and help their communities.
29/08/2018

Latin America Wakes Up to the Problem of Plastic Straws

29 August 208 (UN Environment)*Straws seem harmless: slim, measuring no more than 20 centimeters, they adorn cocktails, juices and soft drinks. But they are also among the top ten plastic items littering our oceans and coasts.
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29/08/2018

Who Anointed Them with the Power to Burn?

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By Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director, International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons*

You were a whole island, once [..]
Then you became testing ground.

29 August 2018 (ICAN)* – “Earlier this year, Kathy, a Marshallese poet and spoken word artist, took a traditional canoe back to the islands of her elders, which are now a massive crater left by the detonation of the Bravo bomb in the Bikini Atoll.

Her haunting poem and documentary Anointed shows the terrible impact of nuclear tests on human lives. Today, on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, we’re sharing her story and saying “never again”. Will you join us?

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29/08/2018

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

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The full text of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is available in PDF and HTML.  Arabic| Chinese| French| Russian| Spanish

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The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions on Earth whether for military or for peaceful purposes.

It comprises a preamble, 17 articles, two annexes and a Protocol with two annexes.

Another important text is the Resolution adopted by the States Signatories on 19 November 1996, establishing the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

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29/08/2018

‘We Must Join Forces and Take the Final Steps to Secure the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty’

By Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)*
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29 August 2018 (CTBT)*– Today reminds us of one of the longest-sought objectives of the international community; putting an end to nuclear tests.

As we observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests we must join forces and take the final steps to secure the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

As long as the Treaty is not in force, the established international norm against nuclear testing and the global verification system that has been developed over the past two decades are at risk.

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29/08/2018

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

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29 August 2018 – Since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. In the early days of nuclear testing little consideration was given to its devastating effects on human life, let alone the dangers of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests.*
29/08/2018

UN and NGOs from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Discuss Cooperation to Combat Human Trafficking in Central and South Asia

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Kabul, 28 August 2018 (IOM)* – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has co-organized a second regional forum bringing together non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to discuss cross-border cooperation to combat human trafficking in Central and South Asia.

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NGO representatives from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan discuss counter trafficking cooperation at today’s [28/8/2018] forum in Kabul. Photo: IOM 2018.

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29/08/2018

UN Security Council Urged to Act against ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Syria’s War-Battered Idlib

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A further escalation of violence in Syria’s Idlib governorate could create a humanitarian emergency “at a scale not yet seen through this crisis,” a senior United Nations aid official on 28 August 2018 warned the Security Council.

UNICEF/Giovanni Diffidenti | Boys pass rubble and destroyed buildings on their way to a nearby school offering basic lessons, in the city of Maarat al-Numaan, Idlib Governorate.
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John Ging, Director of Operations with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said recent intense aerial bombardment and shelling in Idlib and three other governorates in north-west Syria have resulted in death, damage and destruction, placing an even greater strain on aid workers and communities hosting displaced people.

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29/08/2018

UN Chief Calls for Security Council to Work with Myanmar to End ‘Horrendous Suffering’ of Rohingya Refugees

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Despite the efforts made by the United Nations over the past year to help create safeguards for all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, it is clear that conditions are still not suitable for the safe, voluntary, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to their home, Secretary-General António Guterres on 28 August 2018 said.

UNHCR/Andrew Mconnell | Rohingya refugees wait for a food distribution in Kutupalong camp, Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh.

The UN chief was briefing the Security Council on the situation in Myanmar, where 12 months ago a military operation in northern Rakhine state sparked an exodus of desperate Rohingya refugees that quickly became one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises.

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