Archive for May 9th, 2020

09/05/2020

Building Back Better: Why We Must Think of the Next Generation

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Environment*

Building back from COVID-19 will be an inter-generational effort. Decisions being taken now about what sectors of our economy to prioritize and what opportunities to seize in the recovery effort may impact the lives of children and youth disproportionately. Securing a healthy, safe future that is more resilient to global threats is fundamental, as this emerging generation of voters and consumers are increasingly aware.

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School programmes moved online. Schedules changed. Routines thrown into turmoil. It is difficult to know what long-term changes COVID-19 will have on the children who are enduring the current pandemic, but something surely is coming. Whether it is shifts in attitude toward society, work or education, the youngest generation will not come out of this the same.

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09/05/2020

EU Decides: No Green Strings Attached on Cash to Virus-Hit Firms

09/05/2020

Contagion or Starvation, the Dilemma Facing Informal Economy Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Human Wrongs Watch

Lockdown measures will worsen poverty and vulnerabilities among the world’s two billion informal economy workers, says the International Labour Organization.

GENEVA, 7 May 2020 (ILO)*COVID-19 lockdown  and containment measures threaten to increase relative poverty levels among the world’s informal economy workers by as much as 56 percentage points in low-income countries, says a new briefing paper  issued by the International Labour Organization.

09/05/2020

‘Restrictions against Humanitarians Who Rescue Migrant Boats in the Mediterranean Are Putting Lives at Risk and Must Be Lifted Immediately’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday [8 May 2020].

Frontex/Francesco Malavolta | Migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea are rescued by a Belgian ship (file photo).

The appeal follows reports of failure to assist, and even push back, vessels carrying desperate people in one of the world’s deadliest migration routes, amidst the fears and disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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09/05/2020

Exceptionally Heavy Rainfall Hits East Africa amid Locust Invasion

Burundi, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen have been badly affected. More than 260 people have reportedly been killed, tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and crops, homes and infrastructure swept away by flash floods and landslides.

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09/05/2020

‘COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Unleash a Tsunami of Hate and Xenophobia, Scapegoating and Scare-mongering’ – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

8 May 2020 (UN News)*UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for concerted global action to quash the “tsunami” of hate speech that has risen alongside the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCHA/Yaye Nabo Sène | A young girl holds a sign which says Zo Kwe Zo, Central African Republic’s national motto, meaning all human beings are equal (file photo).
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COVID-19 does not care who we are, where we live, what we believe or about any other distinction. We need every ounce of solidarity to tackle it together. Yet the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering”, he said.

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