Archive for May 6th, 2020

06/05/2020

Top UN Official Calls for Universal Basic Income to Tackle Growing Inequality

6 May 2020 (UN News)*The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but it is also proving to be an economic disaster for huge numbers of people worldwide. A senior UN official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for countries to provide citizens with a universal basic income, to help the millions who have lost their jobs, because of measures to curb the virus, combined with increasing levels of inequality.
Kanni Wignaraja, who runs the UNDP’s Asia-Pacific bureau, spoke to UN News and started by explaining why the idea of universal basic income (where governments give a minimum sum of money to all citizens, based on work status or income) is starting to gain traction.
06/05/2020

Attacks on Civilians, Arbitrary Arrests, Top List of Abuses in Libya: Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

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(UN News)* — Unabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security Council in a virtual briefing on Tuesday [5 May 2020], warning that war crimes may have been committed.

©UNICEF/Giovanni Diffidenti | A Somali woman sits with her one-year-old child, in the Ganfoda Detention Centre near Benghazi, after fleeing violence in her country and illegally entering Libya.
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“Of particular concern to my Office are the high numbers of civilian casualties, largely reported to be resulting from airstrikes and shelling operations”, said Fatou Bensouda.

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06/05/2020

Brazil: Bolsonaro Orders Journalists to Shut Their Mouths

The press asked Brazil’s President about a change of officers that could be related to an attempt to obstruct justice.

President Jair Bolsonaro gestures against journalists as he leaves his headquarters, Brasilia, Brazil, May 5, 2020.President Jair Bolsonaro gestures against journalists as he leaves his headquarters, Brasilia, Brazil, May 5, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Metropoles

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06/05/2020

Soap for Refugee Shelters; a Matter of Life and Death as Pandemic Continues

(UN News)*Handwashing with soap and water has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an extremely important way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but, in many countries, even basic facilities are hard to come by. On Hand Hygiene Day, marked on Tuesday [5 May 2020], we look in-depth at the work that one US-based NGO is doing, providing soap in shelters supported by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), in Mexico.
ILO Photo/John Isaac | An employee at Clean the World collecting the completed recycled bars (the finished product for distribution) of soap coming off of the conveyor belt.
In Tijuana and Mexicali, close to the border with the US, some 30 shelters house refugees and migrants, including thousands of Nicaraguans; part of an exodus of people in Central and South America, claiming asylum from persecution and human rights abuses.
06/05/2020

“Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon

Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. © UN Website/Pengfei Mi

The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 54/115 of 1999, recognized internationally the Vesak Day [7 May] to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.

This day is commemorated annually at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices, in consultation with the relevant UN offices and with permanent missions, which also wish to be consulted.

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