Archive for December 13th, 2018

13/12/2018

A Life and Death Struggle Transiting Through the Horn of Africa

Ahmed, an Ethiopian migrant traveling through Djibouti, has walked for five days straight. He travels mostly at night to avoid the sun’s heat. Photo credit: IOM 2017/Muse Mohammed.

With neighbouring Somalia to the Southeast, Ethiopia to the West and South and Eritrea to the North, Djibouti is a patchwork of ethnicities: its citizens descendants of European 19th century settlers, the Afar from Ethiopia, and the French-speaking Somali.

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13/12/2018

Half of Syria’s Children, That’s Four Million, Have Only Known War Since Birth – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

Half of Syria’s children, that’s four million, have grown up only knowing a life of violence, as the war-battered country enters its eighth year of conflict, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) said on 13 December 2018.

UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0218/Romenzi | Syrian children shelter in the doorway of a house, amid gunfire and shelling, in a city affected by the conflict.

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“Every eight-year-old in Syria has been growing up amidst danger, destruction and death,” the agency’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, explained following a five-day visit to the country.

“These children need to be able to return to school, receive their vaccinations, and feel safe and protected. We need to be able to help them.”

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13/12/2018

Rapa Nui –the Most Remote Inhabited Island on the Planet– Combines Traditional Knowledge with Science to Tackle Environmental Challenges

13 December 2018 (UN Environment)*Waves break furiously against the coast and cliffs of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, the most remote inhabited island on the planet.

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Photo from UN Environment

Camilo Rapu, Director of the Rapa Nui National Park, points to some ancient petroglyphs perched on the edge of an eroding cliff. “We have already lost invaluable pieces carved in rocks here. They simply collapsed into the sea because of the power of the waves,” he says.

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13/12/2018

‘Staunch Support’ for Iran Nuclear Deal Tempered by Concern over Missile Testing

While there is “staunch support” among Member States for the 2016 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, that is tempered by concerns over some of its other activities, which Iran “should carefully consider and address” according to the latest report on the deal from the UN Secretary-General.
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UN Photo/Manuel Elias | The UN Security Council debates Iran’s nuclear programme on 12 December 2018.
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13/12/2018

Failing to Agree Climate Action Would Be “Suicidal” Warns UN Chief amidst Continuing Roadblocks over How to Implement the Paris Agreement

With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the  historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on 12 December 2018, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the job.”

UNFCCC Secretariat/James Dowson | UN Secretary-General 

“In my opening statement to this conference one week ago…I warned that climate change is running faster than we are and that Katowice must — in no uncertain terms — be a success, as a necessary platform to reverse this trend,” said Secretary-General Guterres.

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13/12/2018

‘Millions of Jobs in Asia and Pacific at Risk by Conflicts over Trade, despite Recent Agreement Not to Escalate Tit-for-Tat Tariffs by US and China’

Human Wrongs Watch

12 December 2018 — Millions of jobs in the Asia and Pacific region have been put at risk by conflicts over trade, despite a recent agreement not to escalate tit-for-tat tariffs by the United States and China, according to a new regional UN report.

UN Photo/Kibae Park | A H/mong hill tribe woman in a village of Sin Chai, Sapa, Viet Nam. Women’s labour accounts for the two-thirds of subsistence agriculture in developing countries, yet they often have no rights over the land.
13/12/2018

Better Care, Stronger Laws Needed to Save 30 Million Babies on the Brink of Death

Human Wrongs Watch

12 December 2018 — Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialized care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO).

GAVI Alliance | In Ghana, a community health worker weighs babies before administering vaccines. In 2012 Ghana became the first country in Africa to simultaneously introduce vaccines against pneumococcal disease and rotavirus, targeting the world’s leading killers of children – pneumonia and diarrhoea.

“When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right place can make all the difference,” said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. Yet,” he continued, “millions of small and sick babies and women are dying every year because they simply do not receive the quality care that is their right, and our collective responsibility.”

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13/12/2018

In Defense of the Human Individual

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 13 December 2018 – While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earth’s fossil record – see ‘Will humans be extinct by 2026?’ – I would like to make a belated pitch for the importance of the human individual and why nurturing each individual’s uniqueness is so important even if it is now probably too late.

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Robert J. Burrowes

‘Why are you writing about this?’ you might ask, adding that many people accept that each one of us is unique, important and deserves the opportunities and support necessary to live a fulfilling life according to our own culture and choices.

It is just the sexists, racists, bigots (religious and otherwise), upper class, governments, corporations, members of the global elite, and some other categories of people, as well as many organizations, particularly those that are violent, that do not.

Well, I wish that this was true. But I am troubled by the overwhelming evidence that suggests it is not.

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