Archive for January 4th, 2019

04/01/2019

The Search for Sustainable Sand Extraction Is Beginning

3 January 2019 (UN Environment)*While most of us are not aware of it, sand is – after air and water – the third most used resource on the planet. Every house, dam, road, wine glass and cellphone contains it. Even a seemingly endless resource like sand cannot keep up with current demand.

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Photo from UN Environment.

“Sand is not infinite,” says Kiran Pereira, founder and chief storyteller at SandStories.org and one of the experts participating in the very first round-table focusing on sand, organized by UN Environment, GRID (Global Resources Information Database )-Geneva and the University of Geneva in mid-October.

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04/01/2019

North-West Syria: Many Families Are Fleeing their Homes as Conflict Intensifies, with No Place to Go But to Already Overcrowded Camps – Nearly 10,000 Children Fleeing Floods

AMMAN, 3 January 2019 (UNICEF)*Children continue to pay the heaviest price due to the escalation in violence in northwest Syria. UNICEF received alarming reports of 80 people killed, including one child.

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Many families are fleeing their homes as conflict intensifies, with no place to go but to already overcrowded camps hosting displaced families.

Floods swept through the area on 26 December, affecting nearly 10,000 children in Atmeh, Qah, Deir Ballut, Albab, Jisr Ashughur among other areas.

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04/01/2019

Heeding the Call for Women’s Rights around the Planet

Human Wrongs Watch

3 January 2019 – Women and activists have been reflecting on the progress made across the world in 2018 in reducing discrimination and inequalities based on gender and what hopes they have for 2019.

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UN Women/Carlos Rivera | A group of young women graffiti artists painted orange murals in Guatemala City in support of UN Women and the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women, December 2018.
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The United Nations gender-focused agency, UN Women, has outlined some of the most urgent issues facing women including human rights, genital mutilation and using sex as a weapon of war.
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