Archive for May 6th, 2019

06/05/2019

World Is ‘On Notice’ as Major UN Report Shows One Million Species Face Extinction

Human Wrongs Watch

A hard-hitting report into the impact of humans on nature shows that nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades, while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail without radical action, UN biodiversity experts said on Monday [6 May 2019].

UNDP Ecuador | Splendid Leaf Frog, Ecuador. (19 January 2015)

Speaking in Paris at the launch of the Global Assessment study – the first such report since 2005 – UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said that its findings put the world “on notice”.

“Following the adoption of this historic report, no one will be able to claim that they did not know,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said. “We can no longer continue to destroy the diversity of life. This is our responsibility towards future generations.”

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06/05/2019

France: Le Pen’s Far-Right Leads in EU Election Poll

Human Wrongs Watch

This marks the first time Le Pen’s party overtakes REM in an Ipsos survey ahead of the European Union (EU) election this year.

Marine Le Pen, France

Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right National Front (FN) political party leader, speaks during a rally in Laon, France, February 18, 2018. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

 5 May 2019 (teleSUR)* —  The National Rally (RN), formerly the National Front party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen leads voter intention with 22 percent for the upcoming European Parliament elections, just ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic in March (REM) party, according to an Ipsos poll released on Sunday [5 May 2019].

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06/05/2019

Just Like Your Mother? Seven Ways Motherhood Has Changed (or Not) in the Last 25 Years

06/05/2019

International Day of the Midwife: 5 Things You Should Know

Why are midwives important? What impact have they had on mothers’ and babies’ health? As the United Nations celebrates midwives across the world on Sunday [5 May 2019], here are five things you should know about the critical role they play in communities.

UNICEF/Vishwanathan | An Auxiliary Nurse Midwife performs critical ante-natal services in Shrawasti, India.

1. Midwives save millions of lives each year

The world has seen a steady decline in maternal and newborn deaths since 1990, in large part because more women are receiving skilled midwifery care: from 67 per cent in 2010 to 79 per cent in 2017.

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06/05/2019

Deadly Violence at Israel-Gaza Border Escalates Dangerously: UN Chief Condemns in Strongest Terms

Human Wrongs Watch

5 May 2019  –  The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with “deep concern” the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint.

Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory into southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes and tank fire.

According to news reports, several women, children and men on both have been killed and injured as a result of the violence.

Deploring the “risk of yet another dangerous escalation and further loss of life on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan,” on Sunday [5 May 2019], the UN chief condemned “in the strongest terms the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centres”.

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