Archive for June 17th, 2020

17/06/2020

‘New Contract’ Needed with Nature to Keep Drought and Deserts at Bay

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change. António Guterres made the appeal on Wednesday [17 June 2020] in a message to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

© UNICEF/Tanya Bindra | A young girl cooks in a rural village in Ethiopia, where the land has been affected by recurrent droughts.
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“Through international action and solidarity, we can scale up land restoration and nature-based solutions for climate action and the benefit of future generations. By doing so, we can deliver on the Sustainable Development Goalsand leave no one behind”, he said.

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17/06/2020

When the Soil Asks for Help – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

A little boy with his teddy on a soil affected by drought.
An extra 593 million hectares of agricultural land, an area nearly twice the size of India, will be required by 2050 over 2010 levels. Photo: Avijit Ghosh – Future Without Green | (India)/ UNCDD Photo contest 2018.
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, [17 June] is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.
17/06/2020

We Need a Total Fossil Fuel Lockdown for a Climate Revolution

Human Wrongs Watch

Paris/Nairobi, 16 June 2020 (UN Environment)* – Growth in renewable power has been impressive over the past five years. But too little is happening in heating, cooling and transport. Overall, global hunger for energy keeps increasing and eats up progress, according to REN21’s Renewables 2020 Global Status Report (GSR), released today. The journey towards climate disaster continues, unless we make an immediate switch to efficient and renewable energy in all sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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17/06/2020

Calling All Foodies: This One’s for You!

Human Wrongs Watch

Be adventurous in your tastes, local in your choices

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Gastronomy is a cultural expression of the world’s natural and cultural diversity. On June 18, we celebrate Sustainable Gastronomy Day and acknowledge that everyone plays a role in making sustainable choices for healthy diets and a food-secure future. @ Chompoo Suriyo/ shutterstock.com

18 June 2020 (FAO)* — Every year, June 18 marks Sustainable Gastronomy Day. This begs the questions: 1) What in the world is sustainable gastronomy? 2) Why is it important enough to have a “day” dedicated to it? and 3) Even so, why should I care?

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17/06/2020

Above Normal Temperatures Are Expected to Continue across the Majority of the Arctic for June-August 2020: The Arctic Climate Forum

17/06/2020

Trade in Many Developing Countries Projected to Take a ‘Nosedive’ in the Second Quarter of 2020 – UNCTAD

UN News/Daniel Dickinson | Many container ports, like this one in New York City, have seen a decline in activity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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In a new report from UN trade and development body, UNCTAD, it highlighted data showing that the value of international trade in goods has declined by about five per cent between January and March.
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Worrying as that is, commerce is expected to plummet further – by a staggering 27 per cent – from April to the end of June.
17/06/2020

‘Number of People in Latin America and the Caribbean Living in ‘Extreme Poverty’ Could Surpass 83 Million Due to Impacts of COVID-19, Leading to a ‘Significant Rise’ in Hunger

WFP/Karolyn Ureña | A woman in the Dominican Republic receives food from a Government soup kitchen set up to help fight hunger triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study by the UN’s office for the region, known by the acronym ECLAC, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), proposes 10 measures to ward against increased hunger, including through an “anti-hunger grant” to support vulnerable people as well as food producers.

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