Archive for May 14th, 2020

14/05/2020

Stay Home? Wash Hands? But 1.8 Billion Remain Homeless, and 3.0 Billion Have No Access to Water

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, May 14 2020 (IPS)* – The relentless battle against the devastating coronavirus pandemic has been underlined by several widespread advisories from health experts – STAY HOME. WASH YOUR HANDS. WEAR MASK. KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE.

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But the UK-based WaterAid and UN Habitat in Nairobi point out the paradox in at least two of the warnings: a staggering 3.0 billion people worldwide have no water to wash their hands and over 1.8 billion people have no adequate shelter—or homes to go to.

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14/05/2020

COVID-19 Is Disrupting a Food Industry Already Thrown into Turmoil by Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

Today’s COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the critical role of rice in ensuring global food security while combating climate change.

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Photo by Daniel Kirsch/Pixabay
14/05/2020

COVID-19 ‘Grim Reality’: World Economy in 2020 Projected to Shrink by 3.2%, Racking Up $8.5 Trillion in Overall Losses, Wiping Out Four Years of Gains – UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Against the backdrop of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy in 2020 is projected to shrink by 3.2 per cent, racking up some $8.5 trillion in overall losses – wiping out nearly four years of output gains, according to a mid-year economic analysis by the United Nations.

World Bank/Peter Kapuscinski | Women work in an assembly line to package handicrafts for export.
In its World Economic Situation and Prospect (WESP) report update, launched on Wednesday [13 May 2020], the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said that as of mid-2020, the gross domestic product (GDP) in developed countries will plunge to -5.0 per cent, while the output of developing countries will shrink by 0.7 per cent.

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14/05/2020

Countries Urged to Make ‘Ambitious Commitments’ in the Way They Treat Psychological Illness, amid a Potential Global Spike in Suicides and Drug Abuse

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday [13 May 2020], in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness, amid a potential global spike in suicides and drug abuse.

© UNICEF/Sukhum Preechapanic | During the coronavirus pandemic, mental health tips are being disseminated to children and families in the Rongwai community in Bangkok, Thailand.
Spearheading the alert ahead of the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the international community to do much more to protect all those facing mounting mental pressures.
14/05/2020

Forced Returns of Migrants ‘Must Be Suspended’ in Times of COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration

Greece. A child stands near a tent.
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GENEVA, 14 May 2020 (UNICEF)*The United Nations Network on Migration is concerned by reports of States in many regions using forced return of migrants as a measure in response to COVID-19.

The Network calls on States to suspend forced returns during the pandemic, in order to protect the health of migrants and communities, and uphold the human rights of all migrants, regardless of status. Successfully tackling the pandemic cannot be achieved without upholding human rights.

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14/05/2020

German Slaughterhouses Become a Source of COVID-19 Infections

The closed slaughterhouse in North Rhine-Westphalia, where every sixth employee was ill with COVID-19. [EPA-EFE | Friedemann Vogel]

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