Archive for September 17th, 2018

17/09/2018

‘Better Work’ Viet Nam Challenges Sexual Harassment across the Factory Floor

Human Wrongs Watch

Still an underreported issue in the country, the joint programme of the ILO and the International Finance Cooperation (IFC), sheds light on the nature of harassment in the workplace and ways to tackle it.

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HO CHI MINH City, 14 September 2018 (ILO)* – Soaring past a history of war and economic hardship, today’s Viet Nam is a global manufacturing hub navigating international trade with confidence.

With one of the strongest economic growth rates in Asia, and roughly half of a 92 million population of working age, the country’s expansion seems limitless.Social transformation is beginning to follow suit. Internet chat rooms, web sites and blogs have become channels for young people to discuss social change, sexual orientation and one of the country’s biggest challenges: sexual harassment.
17/09/2018

The Road to Restoration: Cuba’s Modern Farming Revolution

17 September 2018 (UN Environment)*With its tropical beaches and rolling hills, spotted with tobacco plantations and pine forest, Cuba might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of degraded land. But behind the tourist idyll lies a grimmer reality.

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Jean-Marc Astesana | A new generation of farmers brings productivity back to Cuba’s landscape | Photo from UN Environment.

Today, some 14 per cent of the island nation’s productive lands are affected by drought and desertification, while over three-quarters of its 6.6 million hectares of arable land is affected by soil erosion.

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17/09/2018

More than 65 Million ‘Low-Carbon Jobs’ Can Be Created by 2030: UN-Backed Climate Summit Urges Action ‘to the Next Level’

Human Wrongs Watch

16 September 2018 – New UN-backed commitments to take action against the damaging effects of climate change, could result in $26 trillion in economic benefits worldwide, and help create 65 million new “low-carbon jobs” by 2030 – the deadline for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNFCCC | Patricia Espinosa (centre, background), UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, briefs the media in Bangkok in September 2018.
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