Archive for June 11th, 2019

11/06/2019

“Alarming Numbers” of Persons Go Missing in Armed Conflicts; Families Deserve Answers – UN Security Council

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The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council adopted on Tuesday [11 June 2019] the very first ever resolution focused on the issue of missing persons in armed conflict. The aim is to encourage countries to fulfil their obligations, take action to step up prevention, and tackle the issue earlier, so that ultimately families separated by conflict can be reunited, or at least given answers as to the fate of their loved ones.

Photo: IRIN/Amantha Perera | Relatives of missing persons from Sri Lanka’s 26-year long civil war hold their pictures during a meeting in the capital Colombo.
11/06/2019

‘Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields, But on Dreams!’ – World Day Against Child Labour

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11 June 2019 (UN)*Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams. Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labour. Although child labour occurs in almost every sector, seven out of every ten is in agriculture.

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Mohammed, 14, a Syrian refugee from Kobani, works underneath a car at a repair shop in Erbil, Iraq in March 2016. An ILO study shows, there is a strong correlation between child labour and situations of conflict and disaster. UNICEF/UN020145/Yar

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11/06/2019

Child Labour in Agriculture: All What You Should Know – World Day Against Child Labour 12 June 2019

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11 June 2019 (FAO)* — Child labour is mostly found in agriculture. 108 million boys and girls are engaged in child labour in farming, livestock, forestry, fishing or aquaculture, often working long hours and facing occupational hazards. Child labour violates children’s rights. By endangering health and education of the young, it also forms an obstacle to sustainable agricultural development and food security.

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11/06/2019

Yemen: Six Months Following Ceasefire Agreement, Tens of Thousands Newly Displaced, More Children Losing Lives to Mines, and Key Supply Routes Shut Down

11 June 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*  Violence in Yemen continued unabated in the six months following the landmark Stockholm Agreement, with tens of thousands of people newly displaced, more children losing their lives to mines, and key supply routes shut down.
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Hodeidah Port, Yemen. Photo credit: Suze van Meegen, Norwegian Refugee Council.

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“The Stockholm Agreement remains nothing but ink on paper if warring parties and their backers do not act now,” warned Mohamed Abdi, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Yemen Country Director.

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11/06/2019

Carbon Offsets Are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card

10 June 2019 (UN Environment)*The era of carbon offsets is drawing to a close. Buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while you carry on flying, buying diesel cars and powering your home with fossil fuels is no longer acceptable or widely accepted.

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Photo by Wikipedia (from UN Environment).

Carbon credits are increasingly coming under fire for essentially allowing some to continue on their polluting ways while the rest of us are left scrambling to contain the climate crisis.

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11/06/2019

Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela

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By Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs | CEPR-Center for Economic and Policy Research – TRANSCEND Media Service

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This paper looks at some of the most important impacts of the economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the US government since August of 2017.

It finds that most of the impact of these sanctions has not been on the government but on the civilian population.

The sanctions reduced the public’s caloric intake, increased disease and mortality (for both adults and infants), and displaced millions of Venezuelans who fled the country as a result of the worsening economic depression and hyperinflation.

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11/06/2019

100 People Reportedly Killed During ‘Barbaric’ Attack on a Traditional Dogon Hunters’ Village in Mali

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Nearly 100 people were reportedly killed during an attack on a traditional Dogon hunters’ village in Mali on Sunday [0 June 2019], prompting a call from UN chief António Guterres for authorities to act fast and “bring the perpetrators to justice”.

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MINUSMA/Sophie Ravier | A traditional Dogon village in central Mali. (file 2013)
11/06/2019

The Future of Work ‘With Social Justice for All’ Tops Agenda of Centenary International Labour Conference

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The Centenary International Labour Conference got underway on Monday [10 June 2019] at the UN in Geneva, with ILO chief Guy Ryder, calling on hundreds of delegates from around the world to help “construct a future of work, with social justice for all”.

ILO/Marcel Crozet | The Italian President Sergio Mattarella addresses the 108th International Labour Conference in Geneva on 10 June 2019.
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11/06/2019

‘Exploitative Behaviour by Private Companies, Failure to Realize Human Potential, Stifling of Necessary Regulation’ – Risks of the ‘Age of Digital Interdependence’

UN Photo/Mark Garten ” Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (c), Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group (l) and the UN Secretary-General António Guterres (r) discuss how digital cooperation and technology can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
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