Archive for October 2nd, 2018

02/10/2018

With 700 Million People over 60 -a Number Predicted to Rise to 2 Billion by 2050- International Day of Older Persons Calls for Promoting Their Human Rights

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN International Day of Older Persons, celebrated each 1 October, promotes the human rights of older people worldwide and, this year, celebrates the continued importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as it turns 70.

UN Photo/John Isaac | An elderly couple surrounded by their grandchildren in the Banjara tribal community near Hyderabad. 1981.

The theme of this year’s International Day is “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions.” As well as promoting the rights of the elderly overall, and raising the visibility of their contribution to society, the 2018 theme aims to reflect on the progress and challenges in ensuring their rights and freedoms, and engage broad audiences across the world, to mobilize human rights for all.

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02/10/2018

‘Curb the Throw-Away Culture’ – World Habitat Day

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Marking World Habitat Day on 1 October 2018, UN-Habitat– the agency mandated with promoting sustainable cities – has called for greater imagination and innovation in tackling the world’s waste management challenges, in particular at the municipal level.

Courtesy of James Waikibia | Huge amounts of waste including plastics are thrown from in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi into the Nairobi river.

“World Habitat Day provides us a unique opportunity to focus international attention on key issues surrounding sustainable urbanization, human settlements and improving urban living conditions,” said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, during an event marking the day in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

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02/10/2018

Meanwhile, Around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The pandemic of violence continues.  In addition, there seems to be something new and very serious coming up: a general devaluation of human life–making killing, even genocide, easier, more like disposal of garbage.

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Johan Galtung

Of the Right to Life, Art 3 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one hears nothing, let alone of the sacredness of human life as a divine gift.

However, “dead people are dead”, some may argue; “beyond suffering”.

Okay, or rather not, but what about the bereaved who loved them, and miss them?  We hear nothing, even the word “bereaved” seems to have disappeared from common usage.

Is ‘being bereaved’ going through the same devaluation, as one is bereaved of something less–only of someone else’s life?

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02/10/2018

International Day of Non-Violence: “Follow the Enduring Vision and Wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi”

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1 October 2018 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the world to follow the “enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi” on the International Day of Non-Violence, which falls on 2 October – the birthday of the iconic leader who led India to independence, and inspired civil rights movements across the globe.

UN Photo | The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd on display at the UN Visitors’ Plaza.
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