Archive for March 21st, 2019

21/03/2019

Marking International Day, UN Human Rights Experts Call for Urgent Action to End Racial Discrimination, in Wake of New Zealand Anti-Muslim Attack

21 March 2019 — States must take urgent action, to “stem the tide of hate and discrimination” and ramping up of “ethno-nationalist populism”, which helped fuel the deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques last Friday by a self-declared white supremacist, several top UN officials and human rights experts have stressed, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.*
UNICEF/Claudio Versiani | Students watch a performance by their peers at Barros Barreto School, in Salvador, Brazil. The performance tackled social issues such as racism and gender discrimination.. Photo: UNICEF/Claudio Versiani
21/03/2019

Six Countries, One Forest, One Future

Human Wrongs Watch

An ambitious new conservation programme brings six nations together to ensure the future of one of the world’s most vital ecosystems.

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21 March 2019 (UN Environment)* — One of the world’s most vital ecosystems is set to take a step closer to a sustainable future, with the announcement of a US$63-million programme to stabilize forest cover, peatlands, and wildlife populations across the Congo Basin.

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21/03/2019

‘Voodoo Curses’ Keep Victims of Trafficking Under Bondage

Human Wrongs Watch

Bamako, 19 March 2019 (IOM)*  Gold is Mali’s top export, accounting for at least 60 per cent of the country’s total exports in 2017 and making Mali the third gold exporter in Africa, just after South Africa and Ghana. Small-scale, informal and low-tech mining also known as artisanal mining, although largely unregulated, accounts for at least one third of Mali’s total gold production.  

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Loveth is one of the thousands Nigerian victims of trafficking living in Koflatiè, a shantytown located in a mining area, in Southwestern Mali. Photo: IOM/François-Xavier Ada-Affana

21/03/2019

Over 2.5 Billion Women and Girls around the World Are Affected by Discriminatory Laws – New Initiative to Repeal Them

Human Wrongs Watch

20 March 2019 (UN Women)*Over 2.5 billion women and girls around the world are affected by discriminatory laws—laws that impede gender equality and hold women and girls back. In too many countries, there are unequal standards for women and men, whether it’s for applying for a passport or in the choice of employment, receiving inheritance and deciding when and whom to marry.

Jakomba Jabbie 16-year-old gender equality activist from The Gambia, speaks at the Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030 event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard

Jakomba Jabbie, 16-year-old gender equality activist from The Gambia, speaks at the Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030 event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard
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21/03/2019

From Eye in the Sky to Life on the Ground

Photo by P Suchecki/ Kunene River | Photo from UN Environment.

21 March 2019 (UN Environment)* — For the traditional Himba people in arid northern Namibia, life looks much as it did hundreds of years ago.

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21/03/2019

Libya Stands at a ‘Critical Juncture’, UN Mission Head Tells Security Council

Predicting that the “days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday [20 March 2019], that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached “a crucial juncture”.

UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | Graffiti on one of the walls in Benghazi destructed by the war
21/03/2019

‘Growing Alarm’ over Fall Armyworm Advance, with Cash Crops ‘Under Attack’ across Asia

Human Wrongs Watch

20 March 2019 — The Fall Armyworm pest is continuing to sweep across the globe, having moved eastwards from their native Americas, onto Africa, before arriving in Asia only last summer, where they now threaten to cost farmers from India to Thailand, billions of dollars in lost production.*

FAO/Lesotho/Lechoko Noko | Armyworm eating on maize cob in Lesotho. (file)
21/03/2019

‘Water Is Essential for Agricultural Production and Food Security’; Yet ‘Freshwater Resources Are Dwindling at an Alarming Rate’

Human Wrongs Watch

21 March 2019 (FAO)*Water is essential for agricultural production and food security.  It is the lifeblood of ecosystems, including forests, lakes and wetlands, on which our present and future food and nutritional security depends. Yet, our freshwater resources are dwindling at an alarming rate.

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It takes 70 litres to produce one apple! When we throw out food we are also wasting the resources that went into producing it. ©Orest lyzhechka/Shutterstock.com | Photo from FAO.

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