Archive for November 6th, 2020

06/11/2020

‘The World Has Been Put on a Heightened Famine Alert’

Human Wrongs Watch

UN food agencies warn of rising levels of acute hunger with potential risk of famine in four hotspots – Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen cause for concern but acute hunger on the rise across the globe.

Photo: ©FAO/Luis Tato

A group of men prepare food in a village near Tanout in Niger.

ROME, 6 November 2020 (FAO)* The world has been put on a heightened famine alert with a new report by two United Nations agencies that contains a stark warning; four countries contain areas that could soon slip into famine if conditions there undergo “any further deterioration over the coming months”.

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06/11/2020

‘Emergency Action’ Needed to Prevent Major Polio, Measles Epidemics

Human Wrongs Watch

6 November 2020 (UN News)*Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles – dangerous but preventable diseases – amid disruptions to vital immunization programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said.

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UNICEF/Yuwei | A 3-year-old girl receives a vaccine shot at a community health centre in Beijing, China.
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According to the two UN agencies, immunization rates in some countries have fallen by as much as 50 per cent, with people unable to access health services because of lockdown and transport disruptions, or unwillingness due to fear of contracting COVID-19.

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06/11/2020

New Report Explores the Impact of Sand and Dust Storms

Human Wrongs Watch

6 November 2020 (UNEP)* — On the launch of the report, Impacts of Sand and Dust Storms on Oceans: A Scientific Environmental Assessment for Policy Makers, author and University of Oxford lecturer, Nick Middleton discusses how the dust cycle affects and interacts with other global-scale biogeochemical cycles.

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What exactly are we talking about when we refer to the “dust cycle”?

The dust cycle describes the movement of trillions of tiny particles through the Earth System. Sand and dust is raised by strong winds from areas of bare or sparsely vegetated ground.

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06/11/2020

UN’s $5.1 Billion Shortfall Threatens Operations Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 2020 (IPS)* – When the United Nations was struggling to cope with a cash crisis back in April 1996, one of the many drastic measures it undertook was to cut down on its staff.

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Work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk’, Antonio Guterres warned Member States, amidst ‘record-level’ cash crisis, October 2020. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas. The UN Secretariat building in New York

So, it took the path of corporate America, and ironically, for a cash-strapped institution, it offered a “golden handshake”—a severance pay of about $80,000 dollars each — to those who would voluntarily leave the near-bankrupt Organization.

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