Archive for August 12th, 2020

12/08/2020

Take a Virtual Safari to Celebrate World Elephant Day

Human Wrongs Watch

12 August 2020 (UN Environment)* — At the turn of the 20th century, there were 10 million elephants in Africa. But decades of poaching and habitat loss have taken a heavy toll on these smart, highly social creatures. Today just 415,000 remain.

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August 12 is World Elephant Day, celebrated to honour the iconic animals, to spread awareness about the critical threats elephants are facing, and to support solutions that will help ensure their survival.

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12/08/2020

Another Hiroshima Is Coming… Unless We Stop It Now

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By John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In a major essay to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, John Pilger describes reporting from  five ‘ground zeros’ for nuclear weapons – from Hiroshima to Bikini, Nevada to Polynesia and Australia. He warns that unless we take action now, China is next.

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12/08/2020

COVID-19: Where to From Here For Efforts to Support Youth Economic Inclusion?

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JOHANNESBURG, Aug 11 2020 (IPS)* – As the world marks International Youth Day on August 12, it is difficult to ignore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people – particularly on efforts towards youth economic inclusion in Africa. Meaningful and swift action is needed from African states to ensure the damage is not long-lasting.

46207873122_0840d18f85_cYouth at the Grand Médine town hall in Dakar, Senegal. Senegal has a large youth population, half of which is under the age of 18. By 2025, 376,000 youth are expected to enter the job market that offers only 30,000 jobs. And this number will rise to 411,000 in 2030, according to the Wilson Centre. Credit: Samuelle Paul Banga/IPS

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12/08/2020

Pandemic ‘Inflicting Multiple Shocks’ on the Young, Threatens Entire Generation

Human Wrongs Watch

IOM/Benjamin Suomela | One in six youth have had to stop working since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an ILO report released 11 August 2020.

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Youth and COVID-19: impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being report, revealed that 65 per cent of young people have reported learning less since the pandemic began, citing the transition from classroom to online and distance learning, during lockdown.

“The pandemic is inflicting multiple shocks on young people”, said, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. “It is not only destroying their jobs and employment prospects, but also disrupting their education and training and having a serious impact on their mental well-being.”

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