Archive for November 20th, 2020

20/11/2020

A Six-Point Plan to Protect Our Children – World Children’s Day

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Global coordination is urgently needed to prevent the COVID-19 crisis from becoming a child-rights crisis.

A woman in Indonesia feeds her one-year-old son during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
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(UNICEF)* — In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, governments around the world have mobilized billions of dollars to save their economies. But there is another impending and devastating loss if we do not act: a lost generation of children.

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20/11/2020

The Value of Nature

Photo: UNEP / 20 Nov 2020

20 November 2020 (UNEP)* — It is a global rallying cry for everyone – from governments to multinational companies, to school children – to get involved in reviving damaged ecosystems.

To mark World Children’s Day, which is 20 November, the United Nations Environment Programme recreated the journey of one young girl as she learns about the value of the natural world and how to protect it.

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20/11/2020

Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation Are Expected across Most of the Arctic Region for November-January 2020/2021

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20 November 2020 (WMO)*Above normal temperatures and precipitation are expected across most of the Arctic region for  November-January 2020/2021, according to a new seasonal climate outlook produced at the 6th session of Arctic Climate Forum.

This follows above average summer surface air temperatures for most of the Arctic domain, with Eastern Siberia observing record-breaking temperatures and wildfires.. Arctic sea ice minimum extent after the summer melt – a key climate change indicator – was the second lowest on the satellite record after 2012.

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20/11/2020

Heartbreaking Stories from Refugees Fleeing Ethiopia Violence

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(UN News)* — In a briefing to journalists on Thursday [19 November 2020], a senior UN humanitarian official in Sudan recounted moving testimony from refugees who are crossing the border from Ethiopia in their thousands, fleeing fighting in Tigray province.

© UNHCR/Hazim Elhag | Insecurity in the Tigray region of Ethiopia is driving people into Hamdayet in Sudan.

“Many of the refugees left behind children, and parents. They did not have time to assemble their families and leave together”, said Babacar Cissé, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.

“They arrived at the camps after having walked for several days, exhausted and with nothing. Seeing families and children sleeping in the open was heartbreaking”.

Many of the refugees are young men, who told UN staff that they had been targeted by armed fighters.

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20/11/2020

Countries Commit to Restore Up to 1 Billion Hectares of Land Lost to Development, an Area the Size of China

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19 November 2020 (UNEP)* — Countries have committed to restoring up to 1 billion hectares of land lost to development, an area roughly the size of China, according to a new study released ahead of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).

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If implemented, the commitments made under various international agreements could go a long way to addressing climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss as well as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including those on dignified work, and food and water security.

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20/11/2020

Climate Crisis: ‘Nowhere Near the Finish Line’

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(UN News)*Pointing to its “pioneering legislation and policies”, on Thursday [19 November 2020 ] the UN chief hailed the 27-member European Union (EU) as a “a leader on climate action”, that had shown that it was possible to cut emissions while achieving economic growth.

UN Photo/David Mutua | Young girls wait by a shallow well during a humanitarian mission in drought-affected Garbahaarey, a town in southern Somalia.
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres applauded the bloc’s climate action in a virtual address to the European Council on Foreign Relations, while emphasizing that “we are still nowhere near the finish line… and still running behind in the race against time”.
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