Archive for October 15th, 2020

15/10/2020

‘The Challenge of Achieving Social and Environmental Justice for All’

A Haitian woman prepares "clay cakes" — sun-baked disks of clay, butter & salt — that have become a symbol of Haiti's struggles with extreme poverty and hunger.

A Haitian woman prepares “clay cakes” — sun-baked disks of clay, butter & salt — that have become a symbol of Haiti’s struggles with extreme poverty and hunger. PHOTO:© UN/Logan Abassi

(United Nations)* — In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage.

Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity.

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15/10/2020

Global Poverty Soars – As Incomes of World’s Billionaires Hit New Highs

Human Wrongs Watch

Addressing poverty eradication last week, just ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, UN chief António Guterres warned that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are falling “disproportionately on the most vulnerable: people living in poverty, the working poor, women and children, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups”.

Twelve-year-old-boy_Twelve-year-old boy in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, sorts through hazardous plastic waste without any protection, working to support his family amidst the coronavirus lockdown. Credit: UNICEF/Parvez Ahmad

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15/10/2020

Three Billion People Lack Hand-Washing Facilities with Water and Soap at Home: UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

FACT SHEET: Lack of hand-washing with soap puts millions at increased risk to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases | Français

Hamsatou, 13, washes her hands at the Socoura displacement camp in Mopti, Mali.

NEW YORK, 15 October 2020 (UNICEF)*  – Although handwashing with soap  is critical in the fight against infectious diseases, including COVID-19,  millions of people around the world have no ready access to a place to wash their hands, UNICEF said ahead of Global Handwashing Day.

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15/10/2020

Myanmar: ‘Shocking’ Killing of Children Allegedly Used as Human Shields

Human Wrongs Watch

14 October 2020 (UN News)* — UN agencies in Myanmar have expressed ‘sadness’ and ‘shock’ over the killing of two boys, allegedly used as human shields by security forces in the country’s northern Rakhine province, earlier this month.

OCHA/Pierre Peron | A settlement in Rakhine province, northern Myanmar. (file photo)
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The two boys were killed in a crossfire between Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, and the separatist Arakan Army.
The incident occurred on 5 October in Buthidaung township – a hotspot for army abuses against children for non-combat purposes, since mid-2019, the UN agencies said in a statement, on Wednesday [14 October 2020].
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