Archive for May 12th, 2021

12/05/2021

Vaccine Inequity Posing ‘Significant Risk’ to Global Economic Recovery

Human Wrongs Watch 

(UN News)* — Although the outlook for global growth has improved, the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as inadequate progress on vaccination in poorer countries, are putting recovery at risk, according to the latest UN economic forecast, published on Tuesday [11 May 2021]. 

UNDP | A woman in Guinea turns her sewing skills into mask-making during the COVID-19 crisis.
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The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-year report warned widening inequality is threatening global growth, projected at 5.4 per cent this year. 
 
12/05/2021

‘COVID-19 Pandemic Has Exacerbated Impacts of Extreme Weather and Climate Change in Vulnerable Countries’

Human Wrongs Watch 

Early warning initiative advances in a pandemic

Geneva, 11 May 2021 (WMO)*The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated impacts of extreme weather and climate change in vulnerable countries but also highlighted the need to build resilience against a multitude of hazards through better early warnings and risk information.

This is one of the key messages of the 2020 Annual Report of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Initiative (CREWS), a unique climate action programme that helps saves lives, livelihoods and assets in the world’s most vulnerable countries.

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12/05/2021

Jerusalem to Gaza, Israeli Authorities Reassert Domination

12/05/2021

The Day the UN Buried Its Report on Apartheid in Israel

Human Wrongs Watch 

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS)* – When the UN’s Beirut-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), released a landmark 2017 report on “apartheid” in Israel, the United Nations disassociated itself with the study and left it to die— unceremoniously and unsung.

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Credit: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

According to a March 2017 report in Foreign Policy Journal, both the Israeli and the Trump administrations put “enormous pressure on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to withdraw the report”.

But the head of the ESCWA, Rima Khalaf, refused to withdraw it and resigned from her UN position in protest.

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12/05/2021

UN Chief ‘Gravely Concerned’ as Violence Escalates in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Human Wrongs Watch 

(UN News)* — The UN Secretary-General said he was “gravely concerned” at escalating violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory on Tuesday [11 May 2021], while the UN rights office, OHCHR, appealed for “a redoubling of efforts to restore calm”, after airstrikes and days of clashes between protesters and Israeli police.

Yahya Arouri | Israeli police gather in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians are threatened with eviction.
 
The ongoing violence marks a dramatic escalation of tensions linked to the potential eviction of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem by Israeli settlers and access to one of the most sacred sites in the city, which is a key hub for Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
12/05/2021

Our Oceans Are Haunted


Human Wrongs Watch 

How “ghost fishing” is devastating our marine environments

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“Ghost fishing” happens when lost or abandoned fishing gear stays in the ocean and traps fish or other marine life. © World Animal Protection

11 May 2021 (FAO)*Ghost fishing. Sounds eerie, right? Unfortunately, it is indeed as eerie as it sounds. Ghost fishing occurs when lost or abandoned fishing gear stays in the ocean and traps fish or other marine life, indiscriminately killing whatever it catches.
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