Archive for June 27th, 2019

27/06/2019

New UN Women Report on Families in a Changing World Puts ‘Women’s Rights at Their Core’

UN Women/Mariken Harbitz | Changing families give rise to needed policy changes. Sao Mimol kisses her partner in Cambodia during an LGBT Pride event.
UN Women’s new report, “Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World”, shows that families, in all their diversity, “can be critical drivers of gender equality, provided decision-makers deliver policies rooted in the reality of how people live today, with women’s rights at their core”, said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
27/06/2019

Death Rates and Displacement Will Rise in Central America without Urgent Global Support

27 June 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*  — Extreme violence, insecurity and poverty have left over a million people in dire need in the North of Central America. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned that death rates and displacement will continue to rise, and humanitarian agencies will be forced to close if the international community do not ramp up efforts to support vulnerable people across the volatile region.
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27/06/2019

After Rio Grande Tragedy, UNICEF Chief Highlights ‘Dire’ Detention Centres on US-Mexico Border

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27 June 2019 — The shocking image of a drowned Central American migrant and his infant daughter on the banks of the river dividing Mexico and the United States, continues to evoke strong reactions, the latest from the head of the UN Children’s Fund.

© UNICEF/Balam-ha Carrillo | A boy plays in a UNICEF-supported shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, where migrant children from Mexico and Central America are provided psychosocial support. (June 2019)
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27/06/2019

Thawing Arctic Peatlands Risk Unlocking Huge Amounts of Carbon

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27 June 2019 (UN Environment)*The Artic landscape is changing at an unprecedented pace: in Sweden, entire towns and villages, houses half sunken into the ground, are being moved to more stable ground, as the permafrost they had been built on shifts and melts.

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**Thermokarst, Pokhodsk, Russia. Photo by Hans Joosten
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In the Canadian north, suitable houses have become so rare that apartment prices have skyrocketed, triggering a housing crisis. All around the Arctic, homes lay abandoned, the damage too severe. Roads and other vital infrastructure are at risk, too.
27/06/2019

Peace in the Gulf ‘at a Critical Juncture’ Warns UN Political Affairs Chief, Urging Continuation of Iran Nuclear Deal

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The Iran nuclear deal must “continue to work for all”, despite moves by both the United States and Iran which have destabilized the “hard-won” 2015 agreement, the UN Political Affairs chief told Security Council members on Wednesday [26 June 2019].

UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefs the Security Council meeting on non-proliferation. (26 June 2019)

This is especially true at time when both countries continue their diplomatic war of words over recent attacks around the crucial oil shipping lanes of the Gulf, said Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, describing events as “a reminder that we are at a critical juncture.”

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27/06/2019

Two-Thirds of Global Drug Deaths Now from Opioids – World Drug Report

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UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein | On the outskirts of Kabul, the Afghan Ministries of the Interior and Counter-Narcotics burned more than 20 tons of illicit drugs and alcohol.
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The study from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also shows that the negative health consequences associated with drugs are more severe and widespread than previously thought, with around 35 million people suffering from drug use disorders and requiring treatment services.
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