Archive for December 6th, 2018

06/12/2018

Water Is in the Air

Human Wrongs Watch

6 December 2018 (UN Environment)*With global demand for water expected to increase by nearly one third by 2050, and around two billion people already lacking access to safe drinking water, it is easy to see why there is such a buzz around innovative technologies to produce water from the air.

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Unsplash | Photo from UN Environment.

It is estimated that the atmosphere contains around six times as much water as all the world’s rivers. However, until recently, atmospheric water generation was often deemed too costly, too energy-intensive and too inefficient.

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06/12/2018

More than 17,000 Children Worldwide Paint a Picture of Human Rights

Human Wrongs Watch

5 December 2018 — More than 17,000 children from around the globe have drawn pictures depicting their passion for human rights in an international art competition honoring the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ground-breaking Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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UNOG | 14-year-old finalist from Kazakhstan in “Kids 4 Human Rights” international art contest, 2018.
06/12/2018

‘Taking Bold Climate Action Now Could Help Save a Million Lives and a Lot of Money by the Middle of the Century’ – World Health Organization

Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on 5 December 2018, launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

WMO/Alfred Lee | In cities like Beijing in China, smog has become a major health issue.
06/12/2018

‘Urgent Action Needed to Address Soil Pollution, Contain the Multiple Threats It Poses to Global Food Safety and Security’

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FAO marks World Soil day with call for urgent action to reduce release of pollutants into soils

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Photo: ©FAO/FAO Guatemala country Team / FAO

According to FAO, about 33 percent of all soils are degraded, and the state of soils is deteriorating at an alarming rate.
ROME, 5 December 2018 (FAO)* – Urgent action is needed to address soil pollution and contain the multiple threats it poses to global food safety and food security, said FAO on 5 December 2018 marking  World Soil Day.
06/12/2018

‘Soil Pollution, a Worldwide Problem which Degrades Our Soils, Poisons the Food We Eat, the Water We Drink and the Air We Breathe’

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5 December 2018 (FAO)*These days pollution is a worry – and soil is also affected. Soil pollution is a hidden danger that lurks beneath our feet.

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Photo from FAO.

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1/3 of our global soils are already degraded. Yet we risk losing more due to this hidden danger. Soil pollution can be invisible and seems far away but everyone, everywhere is affected.

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06/12/2018

Soil Pollution ‘Jeopardizing’ Life on Earth, UN Warns on World Day

Human Wrongs Watch

5 December 2018 – Soil is a “treasure beneath our feet,” essential to human lives and well-being, a senior United Nations official has highlighted, warning, however, that this invaluable resource is under constant threat from the little-understood phenomenon of soil pollution.*

FAO/Hkun Lat | A girl runs through a dried field in Mynmar’s Sagaing region. Once a fertile farmland, the soil has degraded and may not sustain crops for many years to come.

According to José Graziano da Silva, the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, human activities are the primary source of this “invisible” pollution.

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06/12/2018

Global Compact for Migration

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Refugees and Migrants – United Nations* — The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. 

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Today, there are over 258 million migrants around the world living outside their country of birth.

This figure is expected to grow for a number of reasons including  population growth, increasing connectivity, trade, rising inequality, demographic imbalances and climate change.

Migration provides immense opportunity and benefits – for the migrants, host communities and communities of origin.

However, when poorly regulated it can create significant challenges. These challenges include overwhelming social infrastructures with the unexpected arrival of large numbers of people and the deaths of migrants undertaking dangerous journeys.

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06/12/2018

A 50% Year-on-Year Rise over 2017 in Migrant Arrivals to Yemen Despite Ongoing Conflict and Deadly Perils along Migration Routes across the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea

Geneva/Djibouti City, 4 December 2018 (IOM)*  – The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) forecasts a 50 per cent year-on-year rise over 2017 in migrant arrivals to Yemen – with nearly 150,000 migrants expected to enter the country in 2018. This, despite the ongoing conflict in Yemen and deadly perils along migration routes across the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea.

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Madina, an Ethiopian migrant, is one of the hundreds of thousands who travel within the Horn of Africa and the Gulf regions every year to find better opportunities. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed.

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06/12/2018

Number of Migrant Workers Has Jumped by Millions, Leaving Some Countries without “the Most Productive Part of Their Workforce”

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A new study launched on 5 December 2018 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) reveals that the number of migrant workers has jumped by millions, leaving some countries without “the most productive part of their workforce.”

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ILO/Marcel Crozet | Visa applicants at the Migration Resource Center in Nepal wishing go abroad.

According to the second edition of ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, approximately 164 million people left home in search of work between 2013 and 2017 – a nine per cent increase since 2013, when that number stood at 150 million.

06/12/2018

World Politicians Set to Formally Adopt an All-Inclusive [Non-Binding] Extensive Global Agreement to Make Migration Safer and More Dignified for All

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5 December 2018 — Top politicians and officials from across the world will gather in Marrakech, Morocco this weekend, ahead of a major conference convened by the UN, to formally adopt an all-inclusive, extensive global agreement aimed at making migration safer, and more dignified for all.

WFP/Jonathan Dumont | “Trocha” illegal river crossing. Colombia-Venezuela border near Cúcuta, Colombia, one of the main entry points for people crossing from Venezuela into Colombia. 20 September 2018.

The text of the agreement, formally known as the Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, was agreed by Member States under the auspices of the UN General Assembly last July, and hailed by Secretary-General António Guterresas “a significant achievement.”

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