Archive for May 30th, 2019


Asia-Pacific ‘Regional Parliament’ Underway to Advance Equality, Empowerment, for More Than Four Billion Citizens

Human Wrongs Watch

29 May 2019 — The top United Nations body in the Asia-Pacific region opened its annual session this week, calling for greater empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized groups if the region is to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and fulfill its promise to leave no one behind.

ESCAP | The traditional parade of flags takes place at the opening of the seventy-fifth session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. (29 May 2019)

‘Save Tuvalu; Save the World’ – UN Chief Echoes Rallying Cry from Front Lines of Global Climate Emergency

Further inaction on climate change is “simply not an option”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday [29 May 2019] in an opinion piece where he called for “rapid and deep change in how we do business, generate power, build cities and feed the world.”
UNICEF/Sokhin | A 16-year-old child swims in the flooded area of Aberao village in Kiribati. The Pacific island is one of the countries worst affected by sea-level rise.

World’s Largest Public Bus System Begins Transition to Electric Vehicles

29 May 2019 (UN Environment)*Public transit passengers in Indonesia’s capital may soon notice a new green addition to their commute.


Photo by Unsplash/Azka Rayhansyah

In line with Governor Anies Baswedan’s vision to make Jakarta one of the greenest cities in the world, the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit System is rolling out a trial programme of electric buses on certain routes in the city.

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Finance’s New Avatar

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR and PENANG, May 28 2019 (IPS) – Over recent decades, the scope, size, concentration, power and even the purpose and role of finance have changed so significantly that a new term, financialization, was coined to name this phenomenon.

Financialization refers to a process that has not only transformed finance itself, but also, the real economy and society.

The transformation goes beyond the quantitative to involve qualitative change as finance becomes dominant, instead of serving the needs of the real economy.

Financialization involves the growth and transformation of finance such that with its hugely expanded size, scope and concentration, finance now overshadows, dominates and destabilizes the productive economy.

The role and purpose of finance has been qualitatively transformed. Finance used to profit from serving production and trade. Traditionally, financing production involved providing funds for manufacturers to finance production, and for traders to buy and sell.

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Bolsonaro’s Social Security Reforms to Reduce Mother’s Rights

Human Wrongs Watch

Through a social security reform, the Brazilian far-right seeks to reduce protections for pregnant women and shorten maternity leave period.

President Jair Bolsonaro (C) and his staff at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 28, 2019.

President Jair Bolsonaro (C) and his staff at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 28, 2019. | Photo: Reuters | Photo fromteleSUR..

29 May 2019 (teleSUR)* — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro proposed an amendment that alters Article 201 of the Constitution, which guarantees protection to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, the Worker’s Party (PT) Congressman Alexandre Padilha said during public hearing on the impact of the social security reform bill which was held in Sao Paulo.

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Tobacco Epidemic, a Leading Cause of Death, Illness and Impoverishment – World Day

29 May 2019 (WHO)*The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019, marked in 31 May, is on “tobacco and lung health.” The campaign will increase awareness on the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.


Key facts

  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Around 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
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