Archive for March 1st, 2019

01/03/2019

Leaders of Women’s Peace Movements Respond to Outcome of Kim-Trump Summit

“This is a huge missed opportunity and a disappointment to Koreans waiting 67 years to see a decisive end to the Korean War,” said Christine Ahn, executive director of Women Cross DMZ and a prominent Korea expert.

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01/03/2019

New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN General Assembly has declared 2021–2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It offers an unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change.

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Preparing trees for planting at a nursery in Senegal. The UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity.

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NEW YORK (FAO)*– The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, declared today [1 March 2019] by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity.
01/03/2019

Venezuela: Competing US, Russia Resolutions Fail to Pass in Security Council

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The second meeting of the week on the situation in Venezuela, took place in the UN Security Council on Thursday [28 February 2019], during which competing resolutions produced by the United States and by Russia were presented. Neither text was adopted as the US draft was vetoed and the Russian draft failing to secure enough votes in favor.

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UN Photo/Evan Schneider | A wide view of the Security Council as members vote on a draft resolution related to the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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It was the third Council meeting seeking solutions to Venezuela’s “protracted crisis” since tensions started escalating in January, when Juan Guaidó, head of the country’s National Assembly, challenged the legitimacy of the sitting President, Nicolás Maduro, who has been in power since 2013 and who was sworn in again for a second term, on 10 January.
01/03/2019

When Returning Home Is a Deadly Journey, “Shame Is the Returnee’s Worst Enemy”

Dakar, 1 March 2019 (IOM)* – The six-day journey to Spain’s Canary Islands from Dakar, Senegal’s capital, on an agitated sea did not break Moustapha. Nor did hearing what happened to the other five boats departing with his: none of them made it, nor did the hundreds of people they carried.

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Imam reading the Quran in Dakar – by Anna Pujol-Mazzini for IOM

“I was lucky enough to succeed, despite all the difficulties: the wind, the cold, the 20-meter waves, all of it,” he says in his home in the fishing town of Thiaroye-sur-Mer, on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital.

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01/03/2019

Wildlife – Not Money – Makes the World Go Round

By Jon Hall, Policy Specialist at the Human Development Report Office, UNDP*
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28 February 2019 (Human Development Report – UNDP)* — Late last year the World Wide Fund for Nature released their Living Planet Report for 2018. WWF’s estimates were stark: populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, declined by 60 percent between 1970 and 2014. The Earth is estimated to have lost about half of its shallow water corals in the past 30 years. A fifth of the Amazon has disappeared in just 50 years, and 2018 marked the worst level of deforestation in history.

Photo: One of the last 1,000 wild Bactrian Camels. Gobi Desert, Mongolia. © mammalwatching.com \ Phoro from UNDP

01/03/2019

Easing Fears and Promoting Gender Equality in Chad’s Girls-Only Classrooms

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28 February 2019 — A teacher holds up a drawing of an adolescent girl who has just been caught unawares by her first menstruation cycle, while at school. She’s addressing neat rows of young women sitting in class, in the town of Bol, in Chad.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Some 30% of Chadian women between the ages of 20-24 are married before they reach the age of 15. (February 2019)
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“We spoke about puberty and periods and looked at a story of a young girl who experienced her period for the first time,” Fatime Ali Abakar told UN News in her classroom at the single-sex Lycée de Bol school.

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01/03/2019

Young People Worldwide Can ‘Determine the Future of Migration’ – International Organization for Migration

Human Wrongs Watch

The key role that young people play in determining the future of migration governance around the world is the focus of the session this year of the International Dialogue on Migration at the UN, convened by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday [28 February 2019].

Muse Mohammed/IOM | Accoring to the UN migration agency (IOM), thousands of children are living on the streets of Djibout City. Here. Ethiopian migrant youth wake up on the beach outside the Horn of Africa country’s teeming capital.
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