Archive for September 28th, 2018

28/09/2018

Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problem: Meat

Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are joint winners of the Champions of the Earth Award, in the Science and Innovation category.   

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Beyond Meat | Photo from UN Environment

 

26 September 2018 (UN Environment)* – Since prehistoric times, humans have used animals as a rudimentary technology to transform plant biomass into highly valued, nutrient-dense foods, including meat and dairy products. These foods remain an important source of nutrition and one of the greatest sources of pleasure in the daily lives of billions of people around the world.

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28/09/2018

The Fishing Women of Rwanda

28 September 2018 (FAO)* – “Women”and “fishing” are two words that would not have been used together in the same sentence a few years ago in Rwanda. It has been a long-held belief in Rwanda that fishing is not for women – it is a man’s occupation. Women have mostly embraced this thinking as well, but a few brave women from Nkombo, an island on Lake Kivu in the Rusizi District, are determined to prove that what a man can do, a woman can do too.

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Photo from FAO. 

One of these women is Valeria Maniraguha, a 38-year-old mother of four children who started fishing in 2010. Prior to launching her career as a fisherwoman, she used to sell fish, a set of skills that still proves useful on the days when she participates in selling what she catches.

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28/09/2018

Every Year, 41 Million People Are Killed Prematurely by ‘Preventible’ Chronic Illnesses

Human Wrongs Watch

“Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet.

PAHO/WHO | A health worker checks a patients blood sugar levels with blood glucose meter.

That was the scene on 27 September 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York, when around 500 people gathered to talk about the prevention and control of chronic illnesses – officially called non-communicable diseases, or NCDs.

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28/09/2018

Two Mothers (I am not what you think)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martha R. Bireda*

25 25 September 2018 (Wall Street International)* – The images of the weeping Angelica Rebeca Gonzalez-Garcia, the Guatemalan mother being united with her daughter, was heart-wrenching. All who watched this reunion surely shed tears with the mother. A moral and humane victory had been won.

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Mothers and children | Photo from Wall Street International

There is another group of weeping mothers, however, who will never be reunited with their children. These are African American mothers whose sons have been the victims of police deadly force.

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28/09/2018

Donors Pledge Additional $118 Million for the UN Agency Assisting Palestine Refugees, to Help Overcome Its “Greatest and Gravest Financial Crisis Ever”

Human Wrongs Watch

International donors on 27 September 2018 pledged an additional $118 million for the United Nations agency assisting Palestine refugees to help overcome what its chief called its “greatest and gravest financial crisis ever.”

UNRWA | A group of Palestinian children celebrating the launch of UNRWA’s Dignity is Priceless campaign.

Established by the General Assembly in 1949, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provides assistance and protection to over five million registered Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

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