Archive for October 23rd, 2020

23/10/2020

Discrimination in the Air

Human Wrongs Watch

ale-alvarez-ofgh5Idnpt8-unsplashUnsplash/Ale Alvarez / 21 Oct 2020

23/10/2020

‘Give us a seat at the table and we’ll change the world’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sarah Schafer*

At the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, participants say those who are forcibly displaced are eager and qualified to help rebuild communities devastated by COVID-19.   |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Nhial Deng, a South Sudanese refugee living in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. He and his fellow panelists shared stories of resilience and discussed solutions to the world’s challenges with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. © UNHCR/Samuel Otieno

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23/10/2020

Mediterranean Basin Facing ‘Irreversible Environmental Damage’

Athens/Marseille, 21 October 2020 (UN Environment)*– Rising inequality, biodiversity loss, the growing impact of climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

dubrovnik-512798_1920Pixabay / 21 Oct 2020

Published on 21 October 2020, the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean finds that, unless urgent and resolute action is taken to halt current trends, environmental degradation could have serious and lasting consequences for human health and livelihoods in the region.

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23/10/2020

Classroom Crisis: Avert a ‘Generational Catastrophe’ Urges UN Chief

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(UN News)* — The world is at risk of suffering “a generational catastrophe” as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday [22 October 2020].

© UNICEF/Chansereypich Seng | Teachers and students wear face masks and maintain physical distance at a school in Cambodia.
In a video message to the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Global Education Meeting (GEM), Secretary-General António Guterres reminded delegates that the pandemic had had a “disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable and marginalized children and youth”.
23/10/2020

Collapsing Consumer Demand amid Lockdowns and Disrupted Imports of Raw Materials Cripple Asia – Pacific Garment Industry

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(UN News)* — The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday [21 October 2020] by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

© ILO | Women at work in a garment factory in Hai Phong, Viet Nam.

The UN labour agency highlighted that in the first half of 2020, Asian imports had dropped by up to 70 per cent.

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23/10/2020

A Few ‘Green Shoots’, But Future of Global Trade Remains Deeply Uncertain

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(UN News)* — Although global trade is making a frail recovery, the outlook remains uncertain, UN trade and development body UNCTAD said on Wednesday [21 October 2020], in announcing its latest COVID-era update.

Unsplash/Jared Sanders | Shipping containers at a port in Miami, USA.
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Estimates show that world trade will drop by five per cent this quarter, compared with the 2019 level. While this is an improvement over the nearly 20 per cent decline in the second quarter of the year, it is still not enough to pull trade out of the red.

Furthermore, UNCTAD expects the value of all good traded to contract by seven to nine percent compared to last year, depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in the winter months.

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