Archive for April 22nd, 2020

22/04/2020

“Earth School” Launches to Keep Students Connected to Nature in the Time of COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi, 22 April 2020 (UN Environment)* – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home.

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Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world.

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22/04/2020

A Universal Basic Income Is Essential and Will Work

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A central bank-financed UBI can fill the debt gap, providing a vital safety net while preventing cyclical recessions.

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According to an April 6 article on CNBC.com, Spain is slated to become the first country in Europe to introduce a universal basic income (UBI) on a long-term basis.

Spain’s Minister for Economic Affairs has announced plans to roll out a UBI “as soon as possible,” with the goal of providing a nationwide basic wage that supports citizens “forever.”

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22/04/2020

COVID-19 to Cause Biggest Economic Contraction Ever in Latin America & Caribbean

Human Wrongs Watch

UN News*The COVID-19 pandemic will herald the worst economic contraction in the history of Latin American and the Caribbean, with a projected -5.3 per cent drop in activity this year, according to a report by the UN office for the region, ECLAC, published on Tuesday [21 April 2020].
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U.N. Mexico/Alexis Aubin | Shopping centres in Mexico City are largely empty as people are kept away by the threat of the coronavirus .COVID-19.
22/04/2020

As Famines of ‘Biblical Proportion’ Loom, Security Council Urged to ‘Act Fast’

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UN News* — The world is not only facing “a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe”, the UN food relief agency chief told the Security Council on Tuesday [21 April 2020] via video link.

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FAO/IFAD/WFP/Michael Tewelde | In 2019, Ethiopia experienced the fifth-worst food crisis of all the countries on earth.
 
Noting that the global spread of COVID-19this year has sparked “the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two”, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley pointed to deepening crises, more frequent natural disasters and changing weather patterns, saying “we’re already facing a perfect storm”.

As millions of civilians in conflict-scarred nations teeter on the brink of starvation, he said, “famine is a very real and dangerous possibility”.

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22/04/2020

Startling Disparities in Digital Learning Emerge as COVID-19 Spreads: UNESCO

Human Wrongs Watch

21 April 2020 (UN News)*With most of the world’s students now at home due to COVID-19, the pandemic is revealing startling divides in digitally-based distance learning, data from the UN education and cultural agency, UNESCO, and partners has revealed.

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UNICEF In response to school closures caused by COVID-19, UNESCO recommends the use of distance learning programmes to limit the disruption of education.

They found that half of all students currently out of the classroom – or nearly 830 million learners globally — do not have access to a computer. Additionally, more than 40 per cent have no Internet access at home.

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