Archive for September, 2020

30/09/2020

A 10-Year-Old Commitment to Biodiversity Misses Virtually All of Its Targets

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 2020 (IPS)* – The coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide and destabilized the global economy, also upended the UN’s ambitious socio-economic goals, including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.

Coral-Reefs_Coral Reefs restoration at the coast of Banaire in the Caribbean. Credit: UN Environment Programme

While extreme poverty rates have fallen in past years, says Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, “it is projected that between 70 and 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic”.

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30/09/2020

UN Biodiversity Summit

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29 September 2020 (UN Environment)*  — Our societies are intimately linked with and depend on biodiversity. Biodiversity is essential for people, including through its provision of nutritious food, clean water, medicines, and protection from extreme events.

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Biodiversity loss and the degradation of its contributions to people, jeopardize progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human wellbeing. The evidence of these connections is clear.

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30/09/2020

From Domestic Violence to Sexual Abuse, Online Harassment and Increased Child Marriage, Gender- Based Violence Is “a Global Scourge” Exacerbated by COVID-19

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(UN News)* — From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is “a global scourge” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday [29 September 2020].

UNOCHA/Alioune Ndiaye | A woman survivor of gender-based violence in Kalemie, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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30/09/2020

Protect the World from Sliding into Global Recession, which Could Wipe Out Decades of Development Gains, Urges UN Chief

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29 September 2020 (UN News)*The economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic “are as bad as we feared”, the UN Secretary-General said, as he warned that the international community must act now if it is stave off a global recession, which could wipe out decades of development gains.

WFP/Hugh Rutherford | The World Food Progamme is running preventive nutrition and treatment programmes in refugee settlements in Uganda, to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a high-level event on financing for development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, António Guterres said that while countries reacted swiftly to the global crisis, mobilizing a fiscal response of more than $11.5 trillion globally, only a fraction was accounted for by developing and emerging economies.
30/09/2020

Africa Could Gain $89 Billion Every Year by Burbing Illicit Financial Flows

28 September 2020 (UNCTAD)* — UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 says stopping illicit capital flight could almost cut in half the annual financing gap of $200 billion that the continent faces to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Every year, an estimated $88.6 billion, equivalent to 3.7% of Africa’s GDP, leaves the continent as illicit capital flight, according to UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020.

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are movements of money and assets across borders which are illegal in source, transfer or use, according to the report entitled “Tackling illicit financial flows for sustainable development in Africa.”

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30/09/2020

UN Middle East Envoy Urges Sides to Engage ‘Before It Is Too Late’

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(UN News)* — Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and their international partners, must urgently resume peace efforts “before it is too late”, UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Tuesday [29 September 2020], echoing the Secretary-General.

UNDP PAPP/Abed Zagout | A mosque in Gaza is cleaned to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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“We are again at a pivotal moment in the search for peace as convergence of destabilizing factors threatens to pull Israelis and Palestinians further towards a one-State reality of perpetual occupation and conflict,” he warned, speaking by videoconference from Jerusalem.
29/09/2020

Peace in the Middle East

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By Roberto Savio* – Other News*

The creation of a Palestinian State remains a pipe-dream

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Roberto Savio

28 September 2020 – After the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI, The League of Nations mandated that Britain administer Palestine. The London administration was quite ineffective, in part, due to the contradictory promises which were made to the Arabs, to the Zionists and to France, the other colonial power which divided the territory with Britain.

But the conflict is much more ancient. It has now been thirty centuries since the first confrontations between the Philistines and the Hebrews, and the peace agreement promoted by US President Donald Trump between Israel and two ancient small Gulf monarchical dictatorships will certainly not resolve this millennial rivalry.

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29/09/2020

Food Loss and Waste ‘An Ethical Outrage’. It Also Squanders Natural Resources – Water, Soil and Energy, Not to Mention Human Labour…

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29 September 2020 (UN News)*New approaches and solutions are needed to address worsening food loss and waste, the UN Secretary-General has said, in a message marking the first ever International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction.

FAO/G. Agostinucci | Fresh fruits and vegetables at a farmers’ market in Hungary.
29/09/2020

15 Quick Tips for Reducing Food Waste and Becoming a Food Hero

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We all have a part to play in saving food

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29 September marks the day to raise awareness about food loss and waste. Even small changes in habits can make a big impact. ©Poket Idol/shutterstock.com

29 September 2020 (FAO)* —  For many people in the world, food waste has become a habit: buying more food than we need at markets, letting fruits and vegetables spoil at home or taking larger portions than we can eat.

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29/09/2020

Q&A: How Fast Fashion Sits at the Crucial Intersection of Environmental and Gender Justice

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UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 2020 (IPS)* – Racism “keeps the global north oblivious to the effect of fast fashion addiction on the global south” say environmental and gender justice experts.

18493330770_c50c7182c6_cFast fashion consumes vast resources, often polluting and devastating the natural world. Pictured here are garment workers in Bangladesh. Credit: Obaidul Arif/IPS

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