Archive for May 24th, 2019

24/05/2019

Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus Calls for a ‘Complete Change’ in the Ways to Address Hunger and Conflict

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ROME (FAO)* Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus on 21 May 2019 called for a complete change in the ways to address the often-related issues of hunger and conflict. He made the appeal at an event at FAO headquarters in Rome highlighting progress made by the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.

Photo: ©FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico

Professor Muhammad Yunus, from Bangladesh, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, for his work to tackle poverty through micro-credit. He is a founding member of the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.

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24/05/2019

‘In Too Many Conflicts, Sexual Violence Is Being Used as a Barbaric Weapon, and Victims of These Crimes Continue to Suffer in Silence’

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By Jan Egeland* 

21 May 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)* “Sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence against women and children are horrific symptoms of conflict that should never be accepted or normalised whenever a humanitarian crisis strikes a community.

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A woman recovers from rape in a hospital in Goma, DR Congo, in the days following the city’s capture by M23 rebels. Sexual violence has been used by armed parties on all sides of the conflict. Photo: OCHA/Kate Holt

“In too many conflicts, sexual violence is being used as a barbaric weapon and victims of these crimes continue to suffer in silence. We can no longer sit back while mothers around the world are forced to endure violence, are left to tolerate the vile abuse of their children and are forced to live among the men doing them harm.

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24/05/2019

‘Gender Diversity Improves Business Outcomes, Makes It Easier to Attract Talent’ – International Labour Organization

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Geneva, 22 May 2019 (ILO)* –  Businesses with genuine gender diversity, particularly at senior level, perform better, including seeing significant profit increases, according to a new report from the Bureau for Employers’ Activities  of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

© Sigrid Olsson/AltoPress/PhotoAlto | Photo from ILO.

The report, Women in Business and Management: The business case for change , surveyed almost 13,000 enterprises in 70 countries. More than 57 per cent of respondents agreed that gender diversity initiatives improved business outcomes.

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24/05/2019

“Solidarity is in the air”: Meet the bold, young women challenging Europe’s far right across borders

24/05/2019

What Lies Behind the Race toward War with Iran?

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By William R. Polk – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Despite appearances of random, off-the-cuff decisions, rendered on tweets and without, or even in opposition to, the advice of foreign policy specialists, I am going to posit a rationale behind the warlike actions and pronouncements of Messrs. Trump, Bolton and Pompeo.

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William R. Polk

To do so, I will try to put all the scattered and sometimes conflicting pieces together. I begin by acknowledging the issue that has attracted most attention. That is the nuclear danger. While it figures in all the media accounts, I put it aside for two reasons:

First, Iran has no nuclear weapons as every reasonably well-informed person in government and among the general population knows.

To acquire them in the foreseeable future, Iran would have to buy them from an existing nuclear power. Nuclear capable powers have not been known to put their weapons on the market.

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24/05/2019

DR Congo: Ebola Epidemic Has Claimed over 1,200 Lives So Far, and Threatens to Spread Also to Neighbouring Countries

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DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator 

World Bank /Vincent Tremeau | Parents visiting her 15-year-old daugher, who is suspected of being infected by Ebola, at the Ebola Treatment Center in Beni, DRC (January 2019). | Photo from UN News.

With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday [23 May 2019] announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”.
24/05/2019

Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts: ‘Safeguards Are Now Stronger,’ But ‘Compliance Has Deteriorated’

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‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council, surveying ‘bleak’ state of civilian protection

UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein | The UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)was explicitly mandated to protect civilians 20 years ago. (file 2006)
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Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday [23 May 2019] that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”.
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