Archive for June 18th, 2019

18/06/2019

New UN Strategy and Action Plan to Confront Hatred, Xenophobia, Racism, Intolerance, and Violent Misogyny

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has declared war on hate speech, telling Member States on 18 June 2019, that we all need to “do better at looking out for each other”.

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | Children wearing “United Against Hate” t-shirts appear at an interfaith gathering at the Park East Synagogue in New York City in memory of Jewish worshipers who were killed in Pittsburgh in the United States. (31 October 2018)
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“Hate speech may have gained a foothold, but it is now on notice”, Mr. Guterres said, launching the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. “We will never stop confronting it”.
18/06/2019

Modernization of World Nuclear Forces Continues Despite Overall Decrease in Number of Warheads – SIPRI

Modernization of world nuclear forces continues despite overall decrease in number of warheads: New SIPRI Yearbook out now

​​​​The modernization of nuclear forces continues

SIPRI Governing Board Chair Ambassador Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, says: ‘A key finding is that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads in 2018, all nuclear weapon-possessing states continue to modernize their nuclear arsenals.’

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18/06/2019

Peace Journalism: The Sower, the Seed, the Harvest

Human Wrongs Watch

By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

There is the New Testament symbol of the Sower and the Seed.  The Sower has only one type of seed, which stands for the truth or at least that aspect of the truth that is appropriate for the period. He throws some of the seeds on ill-prepared hard ground.  It is quickly covered over, some eaten by birds or stamped on by people passing. Some others are thrown on slightly prepared ground, but their roots do not go deep.  The seeds are dried by too much sun or drowned by too much rain.  Finally, some seeds are put into well-prepared ground, take root and in turn produce more seeds that can be used elsewhere.

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18/06/2019

Let’s Train Humans First … Before We Train Machines

Human Wrongs Watch

ST AUGUSTINE, Florida, Jun 17 2019 (IPS)* We humans are at the absurd stage in our technological evolution when we seem to have abandoned our common sense. Billions are spent by governments, corporations and investors in training computer-based algorithms (i.e. computer programs) in today’s mindless rush to create so-called “artificial” intelligence, widely advertised as AI.

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Sophia the Robot speaking to UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at UN Headquarters in 2017. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

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18/06/2019

How to Prevent a Drought from Turning into Famine’ – ‘Simple Solutions’ and ‘Hi-Tech Tools’

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME (FAO)* Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and to reverse desertification, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on 17 June 2019 said.

Photo: ©FAO/Eduardo Soteras

Even simple solutions can have a great impact to build the resilience of vulnerable people, FAO Director-General said. A young woman collecting water from a cistern in the village of Douly, Senegal, which is part of the FAO’s initiative “1 Million Cisterns for the Sahel”.
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18/06/2019

Billions Lack ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’ – World Health Organization-UN Children Fund

Human Wrongs Watch

17 June 2019 – Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely-managed drinking water, while 4.2 billion go without safe sanitation services and three billion lack basic handwashing facilities, according to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UNICEF/Sri Kolari | A mother and her two sons wash clothes in Maharashtra, India (June 2019).

“Mere access is not enough” said UNICEF’s Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). “If the water isn’t clean, isn’t safe to drink or is far away, and if toilet access is unsafe or limited, then we’re not delivering for the world’s children”.

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18/06/2019

9.7 Billion on Earth by 2050 – India Will Overtake China, Sub-Saharan Africa Population to Double

Human Wrongs Watch

By the year 2050, there will be some 9.7 billion people living on Earth, says a UN population report released on 17 June 2019. However, the overall growth rate will continue to fall, and more countries will have to adapt to the consequences of an ageing population.

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UNICEF/Sri Kolari | Portrait of Pardhi tribal community members, Maharashtra,
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The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights”, estimates that the next 30 years will see the global population add an extra 2 billion people to today’s figure of 7.7 billion, and, by the end of the century, the planet will have to sustain around 11 billion.

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