Archive for June 21st, 2019

21/06/2019

Nigeria Turns the Tide on Electronic Waste

Human Wrongs Watch

  • The Nigerian Government, the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment have announced a $15-million initiative to kick off a circular electronics system in Nigeria.  
  • Up to 100,000 people work in the informal electronic waste sector in Nigeria, processing half a million tonnes of discarded appliances every year.
  • Safe e-waste recycling has enormous economic potential, with 100 times more gold in a tonne of e-waste than in a tonne of gold ore.
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Lagos, 19 June 2019 (UN Environment)* – An ambitious new project launched in Lagos today is aiming to reform the electronics sector and put an end to the toxic toll improper management of electronic waste is taking on Nigeria.

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21/06/2019

‘Before 2006, There Were Always Work Opportunities in Gaza. Nowadays, Whenever I Look for Work, I Am Refused. I Have Children to Feed and a Sick Mother to Care For’

21 June 2019 (UNRWA)* — “Before 2006, there were always work opportunities in Gaza. Nowadays, whenever I look for work, I am refused. I have children to feed and a sick mother to care for.” Hussein al-Najjar is a 40-year-old Palestine refugee from Gaza and was working as a construction labourer before Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza.  He is solely responsible for his family of nine, which includes his wife, six children and his ailing mother who requires constant care.
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Hussein al-Najjar is a Palestine refugee from Gaza and a beneficiary of the UNRWA Cash for Work Programme supported by the Czech Republic.©2019 UNRWA Photo by Khalil AdwanHussein al-Najjar is a Palestine refugee from Gaza and a beneficiary of the UNRWA Cash for Work Programme supported by the Czech Republic.©2019 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

21/06/2019

‘Born A Refugee, I Dream of a Place Called Home’

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On World Refugee Day, personal reflections of a young Palestinian from the Gaza Strip

Mohammed Eid* is from Rafah Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip.

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CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, USA, Jun 20 2019 (IPS)* – I am a refugee, born to a refugee family. I was granted that status on the day I came into this world. I was not aware of what had happened before then. I did not fight any battle, I did not threaten anyone. I did not even choose my own race or ethnicity. I just came to this world to find myself a displaced person.

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21/06/2019

Highest Number of People Displaced since World War II – Ethiopia Tops List

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19 June 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*  — Ethiopia has the highest number of new displacements globally, as new figures reveal over 70 million people are on the move worldwide – the highest number ever recorded.
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21/06/2019

Teachers Need More Training to Support Traumatized Refugee and Migrant Students UNESCO on World Refugee Day

Human Wrongs Watch

On World Refugee Day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for more support to fill the gaps in training for teachers on trauma and psychosocial assistance for migrant and refugee students.

UNICEF/UN0248439/Watad | On 1 October 2018 at the Junaina makeshift camp in northern rural Idlib, in the Syrian Arab Republic, girls study in a tent school where a total of 350 children between the ages of 7 and 14 are able to go back to learning.
21/06/2019

Persistent Threat of War Erodes Prospects for Middle East Peace, Senior UN Envoy Warns

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Developments in the Middle East cannot be divorced from Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territory and settlement-building, or Hamas’ hold over Gaza and its militant activity, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Thursday [20 June 2019], warning that these actions “collectively erode the prospects of a two-State solution”.*

World Bank/Natalia Cieslik | Children walk on road in Gaza, where the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) maintain food assistance to over one million Palestine refugees.
21/06/2019

From Tony Blair to Mette Frederiksen

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By Roberto Savio*

21 June 2019 (Other News)* — Social Democrats, who had been steadily disappearing following the crisis of 2008, have been making a small comeback in the last year. Now they are in power in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and, most recently, in Denmark.

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Roberto Savio

But the statistics are daunting. The recent European elections gave members of the Socialist group 20% of the vote, against 25% in 2014, and the erosion from the 34% achieved in 1989 and 1994 is clear.

The latest success, in Denmark, with 25.9% of the vote, was lower than in 2015. In Finland, they received 17.7% of the vote, just two-tenths more than the Alt-Right.

And in Sweden, Stefan Löfven won his mandate with the lowest vote in decades. In countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, they are becoming irrelevant.

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