Archive for June 13th, 2019

13/06/2019

UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees Is “Competent, Resilient and Resolute” – Independent Expert Report

10 June 2019 (UNRWA)*A performance assessment of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) commissioned by some of the world’s top donors has found that the Agency is “competent, resilient and resolute”, with an overall rating of “highly satisfactory” in four of the 11 areas of the assessment. UNRWA engagement in the region is considered highly relevant as it delivers critical support for the Palestine refugee population, to the host authorities and to the wider development processes of the region.
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2018 UNRWA Photo by Carlos Pérez Osorio

13/06/2019

An Uncertain Future for Palestinian Refugees

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UNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 2019 (IPS)* The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been forced to justify its existence at the United Nations ahead of a pledging conference later this month.

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UNRWA came under fire by Jason Greenblatt, US Special Envoy for International Negotiations, at a Security Council meeting late last month.

Allegations and criticism raised by Greenblatt did little to aid the already precarious financial situation of the Agency. Last week, UNRWA held a press conference at the UN in an attempt to raise awareness — and funds for their work.

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13/06/2019

“Batshit Jobs” – No-One Should Have to Destroy the Planet to Make a Living

By Bue Rübner Hansen*

An in-depth look at workers’ participation in the climate and ecological breakdown, and how this might be transformed into ecological care, and leveraged for change.
Anti-fracking protester holding placard reading "There are no jobs on a dead planet"
Anti-fracking protester, London 2019 | SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

11 June 2019 (openDemocracy)* — For too long, we have related to climate change mainly as consumers and voters. We have been responsibilised as meat eaters and airplane travellers, we have been urged to vote for the party with the most green agenda, but we have never been addressed as workers.

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13/06/2019

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution in the Crosshairs of US Imperialism

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By Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service

With the likes of John Bolton and Elliot Abrams directing US foreign policy, the US government has abandoned all pretense of “plausible denial” for its illegal regime-change initiatives. The “humanitarian” bombs may not be falling but, make no mistake, the US is waging a full-bore war against the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.

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Back in 1998, Venezuela had had nearly a half a century of two-party rule. A duopoly, not unlike the Republican and Democratic parties in the US, alternated in power imposing a neoliberal order. Poor and working people experienced deteriorating conditions of austerity regardless of which party was in power.

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13/06/2019

So Much Good News for a Change! – Nobel Women’s Initiative

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By Nobel Women’s Initiative*

12 June 2019 — With thousands of people from around the world coming together at the Women Deliver conference (us included!) beginning on June 2nd in Vancouver, there was bound to be some major developments! Here’s your quick rundown on the most important stories to come out of the past two weeks.

After much anticipation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Jacqueline O’Neill has been named Canada’s first-ever Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security! Sending a huge congratulations fo Jacqueline, whose decades of experience makes her the perfect candidate for this vital job.

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13/06/2019

Italy Urged to Reconsider Decree Affecting Rescue at Sea in Central Mediterranean, Including Fine for NGO Vessels Engaged in Saving Refugees and Migrants

Italy. Sea Watch boat rescue off Lampedusa coastGerman NGO Sea Watch rescues refugees and migrants off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, May 2019.  © NICK JAUSSI/SEA-WATCH

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13/06/2019

How Waterless Toilets Can Make a Splash

11 June 2019 (UN Environment)*Twenty-eight-year-old Jenifer Colpas is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Tierra Grata. It is a social enterprise that sets out to address the need for basic energy, water and sanitation services in Colombia.

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Her team trains women in good water and sanitation practices.

They install low-cost bathrooms with ecological toilets that do not require water, saving 270,000 liters of water per year. Her system protects water resources while generating natural fertilizer to use on the farm.

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13/06/2019

‘Redoubling Efforts to Promote the Mediterranean Diet Could Lead to Better Health for All, Help Curb the Rising Levels of Obesity’

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ROME (FAO)* FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on 11 June 2019 warned about the important cultural, social, environmental and heritage loss linked to the erosion of sustainable local diets, including the Mediterranean diet.

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Redoubling efforts to promote the Mediterranean diet could lead to better health for all and help curb the rising levels of obesity while fostering sustainable food systems

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13/06/2019

‘Pay Greater Attention, Allocate More Funds to Addressing Child Labour in Domestic and Local Food Supply Chains and Subsistence Farming’ – FAO Urges

Human Wrongs Watch

On World Day Against Child Labour []12 June 2019], FAO urges greater attention to addressing child labour in local food supply chains

Photo: ©FAO//Riccardo Gangale / FAO

The number of children in child labour in agriculture has increased by 10 million since 2012. Local children carrying bundles of cassava sold at a street market in Bassongo, Central African Republic.

Rome/Brussels (FAO)*  – FAO on 12 June 2019 urged nations to pay greater attention and allocate more financial resources to addressing child labour in domestic and local food supply chains and in subsistence farming where the vast majority of child labour in agriculture occurs.

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