Archive for March 4th, 2021

04/03/2021

Nigeria: Traumatized, Abducted Schoolchildren Need Rehabilitation; Released Victims Are at ‘Increased Risk of Exploitation, Trafficking, Sexual Violence… 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — In Nigeria, too little is being done to help teenagers left traumatized by the recent spate of attacks on schools and mass abductions, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday [3 March 2021].

World Bank/Arne Hoel | Children in Nigeria are traumatized by abduction and need support, the UN says.
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In an alert issued on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council’s 46th session in Geneva, more than a dozen UN-appointed independent experts said that without assistance, victims who have been released were “at [an] increased risk of exploitation, trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence and other forms of violence”. 
04/03/2021

Trapping and Storing Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions from Fossil Power Generation and Industry, ‘Urgently Needed’ to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Trapping and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil power generation and industry is needed urgently to achieve carbon neutrality, the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said in a report published on Wednesday [3 March 2021].

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UNEP | A coal power plant in Tuzla, Bosnia.

The net-zero emissions goal is crucial to limit global warming, as outlined in the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the technology brief calls for rapid scale-up of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).

The process involves capturing CO2 emissions from coal and gas power plants, and from heavy industry, for deep underground storage or re-use.

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04/03/2021

End ‘Deadly Addiction’ to Coal, UN Chief Urges Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The world still has a “fighting chance” to limit global warming by ending dependence on coal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told representatives from governments, local authorities and the private sector, meeting online on Tuesday [2 March 2021].

Unsplash/Les Corpographes | A woman cycles past wind turbines on a country road in Heijningen, The Netherlands.
 

Addressing members of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, the UN chief stressed that keeping temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is achievable over this decade.  

“Once upon a time, coal brought cheap electricity to entire regions and vital jobs to communities. Those days are gone”, he said in a video message.  “Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with the 1.5 degree goal.” 

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04/03/2021

A Virtual Journey through Three Unique Desert Ecosystems

3 March 2021 (UNEP)* — Deserts and drylands are often far from the barren images they are known for. These ecosystems play a vital role in climate regulation – nearly 46 per cent of global carbon is stored in drylands. Despite the harsh conditions, they are home to over 2 billion people and harbor some of the world’s rarest biodiversity. Many deserts contain hidden water bodies that sustain several species of flora and fauna.

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To raise awareness about these unique but often overlooked ecosystems; the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) has launched a Wild for Life virtual journey through three unique deserts: the rocky Gobi Desert in Central Asia; Wadi Rum in Jordan and the expansive Sahara Desert.

04/03/2021

World Wildlife Day Highlights Role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ Livelihoods and Knowledge in the Conservation of Forests Species and Ecosystems

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Geneva/Jackson Hole, WY/Rome/New York, 3 March 2021 (UNDP)* – For the first-ever virtual celebration of the United Nations World Wildlife Day, representatives of UN Member States, UN System organizations, international and non-governmental organizations, Indigenous Peoples and Local communities, and youth took part in an online event marking the Day.

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