Archive for April 28th, 2019

28/04/2019

Work to Make the World a Better Place: 5 Things You Need to Know about ‘Green Jobs’

Human Wrongs Watch

28 April 2019 — Imagine a world in which practically everyone works in jobs that are helping to transform the global economy, and bring about a world where business can thrive and the needs of the most vulnerable people are met. 

ILO/Marcel Crozet | Women in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia work in a greenhouse they built to increase the production capacity of vegetables they sell on the local market. (file 2015)
For the UN, these “green jobs,” play an important role in realising the vision of the future that practically all countries signed up to when they adopted the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015, an international commitment to combat climate change, and significantly reduce human activity contributing to global warming. 
28/04/2019

With Coffee Ceremony and Midwives, Mums Get a Happy Start in Rural Ethiopia

Human Wrongs Watch

BASOLIBEN, Ethiopia, 27 April 2019 (UNFPA)*  – When Fikre Molla was preparing to have her baby, she wanted the childbirth traditions she had grown up with, but the safety of professional care in a proper health facility.

28/04/2019

Erratic Weather Patterns in the Central American Dry Corridor Leave 1.4 Million People in Urgent Need of Food Assistance

Human Wrongs Watch

2.2 million people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have lost their crops due to rainfall and drought; 1.4 million urgently need food assistance

Photo: ©FAO/...

FAO and WFP are requesting US$72 million from the international community to provide food assistance to more than 700,000 people in the Dry Corridor.
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Panama City (FAO)*  – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on 25 April 2019 warned that prolonged droughts and heavy rain have destroyed more than half of the maize and bean crops of the subsistence farmers along the Central American Dry Corridor, leaving them without food reserves and affecting their food security.
28/04/2019

‘Brazil Governed by Lunatics’ Says Lula in 1st Post-Ruling Interview

Lula stressed that he sleeps with a clear conscience because he is innocent — he is sure that Mouro and Dallagnol can not do the same.

Free Lula movement demonstration

Free Lula movement demonstration | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

26 April 2019 (teleSUR)* — The former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Friday that the South American nation is governed by a “gang of lunatics,” in reference to the administration of Jair Bolsonaro, and stressed that the population does not deserve that kind of leadership.
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“We are going to make a general self-criticism in this country. It can’t be that (Brazil) is governed by that crazy gang that governs the country. It does not deserve that, and above all the people do not deserve that,” he emphasized.
28/04/2019

The Volcano that Speaks to Mankind

Earliest 16-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl
Earliest 16-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl | Image from Wall Street International.
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And the volcano says:
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And from me, they create fairytales and tell legends; they say that in my hollows the goddess waits silently, like the radiant sap flowing through my lanes, slipping between my walls, my slopes and my plains; because I am an entrance and at the same time an exit… , as every day I offer it to them; to those who love me, to those who live in me..
28/04/2019

‘Green Economy Is the Future.’ Urgent Need of Climate Solutions that Strengthen Economies, Protect the Environment

Human Wrongs Watch

Winning the race against climate change to keep our planet livable and on a healthy trajectory requires action rooted in sustainable solutions aligned with the Paris Agreement and the UN-driven 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, Secretary-General António Guterres said on 27 April 2019.

UN China/Zhao Yun | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the Leader’s Roundtable on Promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the
2030 Agenda in Beijing, China

“To put it simply, we need green development.  We need sustainable development.  And we need it now,” the UN chief told world leaders in Beijing, discussing ways to boost green development as part of a conference on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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28/04/2019

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster-Affected Areas Spring to Life, 33 Years On

Human Wrongs Watch

26 April 2019 — More than three decades after the devastating explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, parts of Belarus’ adjoining regions have sprung back to life and the biggest of them, Homiel, has become a leading destination for domestic and international investors.

UNDP Belarus/Siarhei Hapon | Restoration work is underway in Chernobyl-affected areas, 33 years after the disaster. (April 2019)
Sixty per cent of Homiel’s produce – comprising meat, dairy products and handicraft – are exported to neighboring regions and countries while the region attracted $17.7 billion worth of domestic and foreign Investment between 2011 and 2017, representing just over 15 percent of the country’s total direct investment during that period.
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