Archive for December 11th, 2020

11/12/2020

World Press Freedom Conference Spotlights Dangerous Job of Separating ‘Truth from Falsehood’

9 December 2020 (UN News)*Prominent journalists and champions of press freedom from across the world are examining ways to overcome increasing challenges facing the media during a two-day online conference organized jointly by the UN’s cultural and educational agency, UNESCO, and the Netherlands.
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UNAMA/Fardin Waezi | A mural on a blast wall in downtown Kabul commemorates journalists killed in Afghanistan in 2016.

The World Press Freedom Conference 2020, which began on Wednesday [9 December 2020], features interactive panels and discussions covering issues such as investigating the killings of journalists, online violence against women journalists, and the media’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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11/12/2020

Life a ‘Waking Nightmare’ for 12 Million Children in Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

By UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore*

NEW YORK, 10 December 2020 (UNICEF)*These are the remarks of UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s High-Level Event: Averting famine in Yemen: What can we do now and in 2021.
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A young child receives therapeutic food
UNICEF Yemen/2020/Mahmoud Al-FalsatinyShawqi, 1, with his mother at the maternal and childhood centre in Zingibar, Abyan. Shawqi is making a strong recovery after receiving care at the UNICEF-supported health facility.

“Yemen is teetering on the edge of complete collapse.

“Over 80 per cent of people require urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. Including 12 million children, whose lives are a waking nightmare.

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11/12/2020

Illicit Financial Flows Are Robbing Africa of $50 Billion Annually

(UN News)* — At a time when Africa is mobilizing resources for pandemic recovery and sustainable development, illicit financial flows (IFFs) are robbing the continent of $50 billion annually, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a high-level virtual meeting on Thursday [10 December 2020] held under the African Union’s (AU) ‘Silencing the Guns’ initiative.
UNICEF/Rich | Firearms laid down by child soldiers associated with armed groups in South Sudan (file

These “staggering losses” would be enough to bridge nearly 75 per cent of Africa’s health financing gap, provide inclusive education for all children there, and fund infrastructure projects, she added. “These flows pose a threat to stability and security in African countries, undermine institutions and democracy, and jeopardize sustainable development and the rule of law,” said Ms. Mohammed. 

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11/12/2020

Non-Communicable Diseases Killing More People than Ever Before – World Health Organization

Non-communicable diseases account for 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death, a sharp increase from two decades ago, and heart disease remains the leading cause of death globally, a new UN World Health Organization (WHO) study has found (*).

UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani | According to WHO, global deaths from diabetes increased by 70 per cent between 2000 and 2019. Pictured here, a health worker checks a woman’s blood sugar level at a community health centre in Jayapura district, Indonesia.

The 2019 Global Health Estimates, released on Wednesday [9 December 2020], “clearly highlight” the need for increased attention on preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, as well as tackling injuries, according to WHO.

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