Archive for September 15th, 2020

15/09/2020

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

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Sky over Tennessee, United States. | PHOTO:UN Photo/N. Kollar

The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone depleting substances and the related reductions have not only helped protect the ozone layer for this and future generations, but have also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change; furthermore, it has protected human health and ecosystems by limiting the harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the Earth.

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15/09/2020

World Ozone Day 2020 – Ozone for Life!

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN Environment)* — 16 September is World Ozone Day. Thanks to international cooperation, this year we celebrate 35 years of the Vienna Convention and 35 years of global ozone layer protection.

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World Ozone Day shows that collective decisions and action, guided by science, are the only way to solve major global crises.

In 1985, the world’s governments adopted the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under the Convention’s Montreal Protocol, governments, scientists and industry worked together to cut out 99 per cent of all ozone-depleting substances.

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15/09/2020

Remembering the 1960’s

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Lessons for today from the 1960’s

Everyone agrees that the 1960’s were very special. Those of us who lived through that era remember it as a time when the danger of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was very real indeed.

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John Scales Avery

The world came extremely close to disaster during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In response to the threat of nuclear destruction, there were massive public protests against nuclear weapons. Millions of people all over the world took to the streets.

Where is that passion and engagement today? When the Cold War supposedly ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, everyone heaved a sigh of relief, and decided that the threat of global nuclear annihilation had gone away. But it has not gone away. It is still with us, and is perhaps greater today than ever before. Why do we not protest? Where are the millions of protesters that we saw in the 1960’s?

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15/09/2020

Journalism Under Fire: UNESCO Raises Alarm over Surge of Attacks on Media Workers Covering Protests

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Clampdowns on the media have increased sharply in 2020, the UN cultural agency said on Monday [14 September 2020], highlighting 21 protests around the world this year in which State security forces have violated journalists’ rights.

© Sarah Scaffidi | Protesters demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice in Brooklyn, New York.
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In its new report, Safety of Journalists Covering Protests – Preserving Freedom of the Press During Times of Civil Unrest, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural agency (UNESCO) said that between January and June this year, journalists have been increasingly attacked, arrested and even killed.
15/09/2020

Countries Must ‘Get Their Hands Dirty’ to Stem COVID and Prevent Future Pandemics 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The COVID-19 pandemic has upended a world embroiled in chaos, unleashing catastrophic health, social and economic consequences along with irreparable harm to humanity, according to UN-backed report published on Monday [14 September 2020].

WFP/Morelia Eróstegui | During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Food Programme (WFP), is distributing electronic cash cards to 1,500 families in El Alto and La Paz, Bolivia.
A World in Disorder, issued by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), an independent monitoring and accountability body which prepares for global health crises, (GPMB), notes that the coronavirus has killed close to a million people, impacting health systems, food supplies and economies.

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