Archive for November 17th, 2020

17/11/2020

How Much Would You Expect to Pay for the Most Basic Plate of Food?

Human Wrongs Watch

By World Food Programme, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate*

It’s something that many of us might take for granted. In New York State for example, ingredients for a simple meal – perhaps a soup or a simple stew – costs just 0.6 percent of someone’s income.

Contrast this with South Sudan, where a shopper would have to spend an astonishing 186 percent of their income to do the same.

Such a difference brings into sharp focus the huge inequalities at play between those people in developing countries and others in more prosperous parts of the world.

Conflict and climate change have long affected people’s ability to afford food across multiple countries, as they are driven from their land and livelihoods and left unable to produce or buy the produce they need to feed their families.

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17/11/2020

New Trade Bloc Covering a Huge Swathe of Asia-Pacific Region, Signed by 15 Countries, Home to over 2.3 Billion People

Human Wrongs Watch

 (UN News)*A new trade bloc covering a huge swathe of the Asia-Pacific region will play an important role in developing poorer economies and in post-pandemic stimulus, according to a report published on Monday [16 November 2020] by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

ILO/ Marcel Crozet | The production floor of an apparel exporting factory in Cambodia.
 
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement (RCEP) was signed on Sunday by 15 countries including China, Japan, Australia, Vietnam and South Korea, jointly covering a total population of more than 2.3 billion people – five times the size of the European Union. 

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17/11/2020

Rising Hunger, ‘An Outrage in a World of Plenty’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — “Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty”, the UN chief told the governing body of the Organization’s food agency on Monday [16 November 2020], highlighting the important role of food security in cementing peace.

WFP/Barry Came | Displaced victims of the West Java tsunami in Indonesia collect World Food Programme (WFP) food aid.

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“An empty stomach is a gaping hole in the heart of a society. A stunted child’s growth in the mind is progress for her and for everyone”, Secretary-General António Guterresattested to the Executive Board of the World Food Programme (WFP).

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17/11/2020

Women Living with HIV Have a Six-Fold Increased Risk of Cervical Cancer When Compared to Women without HIV – WHO

17/11/2020

WHO Launches a Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer

jOwUu5bkThe Teal Sisters, Zambia, survivors and advocates for cervical cancer elimination

(WHO)* — WHO‘s Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, launched today [17 November 2020], outlines three key steps: vaccination, screening and treatment.

Successful implementation of all three could reduce more than 40% of new cases of the disease and 5 million related deaths by 2050.

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