Archive for November 15th, 2020

15/11/2020

‘Water Is Essential’ – International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development

Human Wrongs Watch

Over the coming years, our water-related challenges will become more urgent. The increasing demands of a growing population and rapidly developing global economy, combined with the effects of climate change, will exacerbate lack of access to water and sanitation for domestic uses.

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15/11/2020

‘People Are Naturally Diverse; Only Tolerance Can Ensure the Survival of Mixed Communities in Every Region of the Globe’

Kids at an event hold up signs that read peace.

PHOTO:UN Photo / Manuel Elias

“What is tolerance? It is the prerogative of humanity. We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.” -Voltaire

Fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.

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15/11/2020

“Tolerance Is Respect, Acceptance and Appreciation of the Rich Diversity of Our World’s Cultures, Our Forms of Expression and Ways of Being Human”

Human Wrongs Watch

International Day for Tolerance – 16 November 2020

15 November 2020 (UNESCO)* — “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.” UNESCO’s 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly adopted  Resolution 51/95(link is external) proclaiming 16 November as International Day for Tolerance. This action followed the adoption of a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance by UNESCO’s Member States on 16 November 1995. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference.

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15/11/2020

What Did You Miss While You Were Following the US Elections?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Adam Ramsay*

Civil war broke out in Ethiopia, the French government doubled down on Islamophobia and Tanzania returned to ‘de-facto one party rule,’ say openDemocracy editors around the world.

Emmanuel Macron with Donald Trump in 2018 | The White House, Public Domain,

13 November 2020 (openDemocracy)* — People across the globe have been mesmerised by the US elections, horrified by Trump’s failure to concede, and entertained by a certain landscape gardening business. I asked my colleagues what we’d all missed in the rest of the world.

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15/11/2020

Diabetes Increasing COVID Risks, Showing Need to Strengthen Health Systems 

13 November 2020 (UN News)* — As the number of people with diabetes surges, many are at “increased risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19”, the UN chief said in his message for World Diabetes Day, on Saturday [13 November 2020]. 
World Health Organization | Nearly one in five COVID-19 deaths in the African region is linked to diabetes, according to the World Health Organization.
“Many efforts have been made to prevent and treat diabetes”, but the disease continues to rise rapidly in low and middle income countries, those “least well-equipped with the diagnostics, medicines, and knowledge to provide life-saving treatment”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres

A gloomy picture

Globally, some 422 million adults are living with diabetes (latest figures from 2014), according to the World Health Organization (WHO), compared to around 108 million in 1980 – rising from 4.7 to 8.5 per cent in the adult population.

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