Archive for November 3rd, 2020

03/11/2020

The Runner with a Tree on His Back

3 November 2020 (UNEP)* — To mark World Cities Day, we profile Siyabulela Sokomani, a young South African committed to greening his township.

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UnknownPhoto: Flickr / Portland Seminary / 02 Nov 2020

The environmental issues he raises awareness about are at the heart of UNEP’s work on forest conservation and restoration, including the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 and UN-REDD, the UN partnership on climate and forests, which has mobilized US $1 billion to help forested developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.

03/11/2020

The Rape of India’s Dalit Women: It’s All about Gender and Class Subordination

Human Wrongs Watch

HYDERABAD, India , Nov 2 2020 (IPS)* – Shabnam*, a young woman from Northern India’s Haryana state, is two years away from becoming a law graduate. She sees parallels between her own rape and that of the 19-year-old Maha Dalit woman whose brutal rape and torture by a group of men from a “dominant” or “higher” caste in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh triggered nationwide protests.

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03/11/2020

The Road Not Taken

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A New Freely Downloadable Book

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John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a new book. It discusses the role of what might be called decision trees in science, in linguistics, in philosophy and literature, and in our daily lives. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/The-Road-Not-Taken-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf

Decision Trees

During each human life, a child starts with many possible destinations. He or she then makes decisions, and each decision more closely defines who the person is and what it is possible for the person to become.

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03/11/2020

‘In the Last 10 Years, These Are the People Who Have Lost Their Lives for the Truth’ – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Human Wrongs Watch

The UNESCO Director-General’s Report responds to a call from the 39 Member States in UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

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(UNESCO)* — The Report is a unique mechanism within the UN system for monitoring the killings of journalists. It was first published in 2008, upon a Decision of the Intergovernmental Council of IPDC, which was renewed at subsequent sessions in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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03/11/2020

Vast Majority of Crimes against Journalists Yet to Be Resolved: UNESCO

2 November 2020 (UN News)*Even though 2020 saw a “slight decrease” in the rate of impunity for crimes against journalists, 87 per cent of such cases worldwide were still not resolved, UNESCO, the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom, has reported.
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UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti | According to UNESCO, journalism remains a dangerous profession, and in 2018-19, like in previous years, TV and local journalists were most vulnerable to violent attacks.
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According to the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, a report by the Director-General of UNESCO, only 13 per cent of cases globally involving crimes against journalists were reported “as resolved”, in comparison to 12 per cent in 2019, and 11 per cent in 2018.
03/11/2020

Targeting Journalists Takes a Toll on ‘Societies as a Whole’ – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — When journalists are targeted, “societies as a whole pay a price”, the UN chief said on Monday [2 November 2020], the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

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UNESCO | Stop killing journalists.
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“If we do not protect journalists, our ability to remain informed and make evidence-based decisions is severely hampered”, Secretary-General António Guterres spelled out in his message for the day.  

And when they cannot safely do their jobs, “we lose an important defense against the pandemic of misinformation and disinformation that has spread online”, he added.

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