Archive for May 21st, 2020

21/05/2020

Biodiversity Loss Is a Loss for Humanity

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Tiger in Kanha National Park, India. The unrestricted exploitation of wildlife has led to the disappearance of many animal species at an alarming rate, destroying Earth’s biological diversity and upsetting the ecological balance. UN Photo/John Isaac
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Biological diversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilizations. Fish provide 20 per cent of animal protein to about 3 billion people.
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Over 80 per cent of the human diet is provided by plants. As many as 80 per cent of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant‐based medicines for basic healthcare.
21/05/2020

Biodiversity: Our Solutions Are in Nature

Human Wrongs Watch

21 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is the multitude of living things that make up life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million or so species on the planet—from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria—and the ecosystems that house them such as oceans, forests, mountain environments and coral reefs.

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Photo by Amaryllis_BNoel

But, nature is in crisis. We are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history and one million species face extinction.

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21/05/2020

Why Does Cultural Diversity Matter? – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Three women wearing masks made of traditional cloth designs pose for a photo as one of them displays artwork in her hand.
Many elements of intangible cultural heritage are being transformed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to support and reinforce public health measures. Traditional artists Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe Yupari and her mother Gaudencia Yupari in Peru, for example, have developed a prototype mask that contains traditional designs based on the heritage of the Ayacucho region. Illustration of hands (left): ©UNESCO Almaty. Photo (right): ©UNESCO/Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe and Gaudencia Yupari.
21/05/2020

Venezuela to Sue Bank of England for Theft of 31 Tons of Gold

20 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — Venezuela’s Representative to the United Nations Samuel Moncada Tuesday [19 May 2020] announced that his country will sue the Bank of England for stealing 31 tons of gold that this financial institution had in its custody. This lawsuit will be brought before a British court.

Gold Bar Badge from Bank of England Gold Bar Badge from Bank of England | Photo: Flickr

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“It is not the first time that the Bank of England has acted as a looting agent against the peoples. Now it violates contracts and swindles nations taking advantage of the pandemic. A crime against humanity. An alert to the world to never again trust these pirates of the century XXI!,” he stressed.
21/05/2020

Only Venezuelans Can Resolve Venezuela’s Deepening Crisis – UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peace-building Affairs

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*  — Negotiations remain the only way to overcome the ongoing political deadlock in Venezuela, especially given the potentially far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday [20 May 2020].

© UNICEF/Alajandra Pocaterra | During the COVID-19 pandemic, food kits are delivered to prioritized communities in Venezuela.

“Venezuela is mired in a deepening protracted crisis that only Venezuelans can resolve,” said Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

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21/05/2020

Indigenous Refugees Battle Coronavirus in Latin America

Human Wrongs Watch

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s [19 May 2020] press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Brazil. COVID-19 protection for Venezuela's indigenous Warao refugeesVenezuelan indigenous Warao refugees and migrants are relocated to a safe space in Manaus, Brazil, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  © UNHCR/Felipe Irnaldo

19 May 2020 (UNHCR)* — As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads through Latin America, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning that many displaced indigenous communities are now dangerously exposed and at risk.

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21/05/2020

Mexico’s Development Banks Fuel the Fossil Energy Trade

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MEXICO CITY, May 20 2020 (IPS)* – Since 2012, Teresa Castellanos has fought the construction of a gas-fired power plant in Huexca, in the central Mexican state of Morelos, adjacent to the country’s capital. | En español

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Demonstrators demand clarification of the murder of land rights activist Samir Flores and the shutdown of a thermoelectric plant in the state of Morelos, in central Mexico, in a February 2019 protest on Mexico City’s emblematic Paseo Reforma. CREDIT: Emilio Godoy/IPS

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21/05/2020

Tropical Cyclone Amphan Intensified Rapidly in the Bay of Bengal to Become a “Super Cyclonic Storm”

20 May 2020 (WMO)* Tropical cyclone Amphan intensified rapidly in the Bay of Bengal to become a “Super Cyclonic Storm” – the equivalent of a strong Category 4/weak Category 5 on the Saffir Simpson scale. It weakened ahead of landfall on Wednesday 20 May as a very severe cyclonic storm (strong Category 2 equivalent), bringing dangerous winds, storm surge and flooding to coastal areas of West Bengal in India and Bangladesh.

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Amphan (pronounced Um-Pun) impacted densely populated areas, including the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta)  at a time when restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic  is complicating disaster management – and making it more necessary than ever before.

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