Archive for May 28th, 2021

28/05/2021

World Needs USD 8.1 Trillion Investment in Nature by 2050 to Tackle Triple Planetary Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva (UNEP)* A total investment in nature of USD 8.1 trillion is required between now and 2050 – while annual investment should reach USD 536 billion annually by 2050 – in order to successfully tackle the interlinked climate, biodiversity, and land degradation crises, according to the State of Finance for Nature report released on 27 May 2021.
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The report finds that annual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030 and increase four-fold by 2050 from the current investments into nature-based solutions of USD 133 billion (using 2020 as base year).

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28/05/2021

The Ongoing Loss of Natural Spaces, Including Forests, Has Become a ‘Systemic Risk’ for Global Economy

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27 May 2021 (UNEP)* — The ongoing loss of natural spaces, including forests, has become a systemic risk for the global economy, warns a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and several partners.
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Over the past decade, 26 per cent of global tree cover loss was caused by the production of just seven agricultural commodities – cattle, oil palm, soy, cocoa, rubber, coffee and wood fibre – said the State of Financing for Nature report.

Barring major changes, the toll on forests and other wild spaces will continue to mount, ultimately imperiling industries that rely on natural resources.

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28/05/2021

Up to 400,000 People – Including 280,000 Children – Face Displacement Because of DR Cong Volcano Threat

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GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 27 May 2021 (UNICEF)* As the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) advise people living in part of the city of Goma to vacate their homes due to the risk of another volcanic eruption, UNICEF has warned that as many as 400,000 people – including 280,000 children – could be displaced and in need of protection or support.

Flowing lava from the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, which occurred late on 22 May, UNICEF has reported that more than 150 children have been separated from their families and more than 170 children are feared to be missing as people fled the city of Goma.
UNICEF/UN0466151/AclandFlowing lava from the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, which occurred late on 22 May, UNICEF has reported that more than 150 children have been separated from their families and more than 170 children are feared to be missing as people fled the city of Goma.
28/05/2021

What Do Black Lives Matter and Palestine Solidarity Have in Common?

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By Sharmeen Ziauddin*

On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, it is hard not to draw comparisons between Black Lives Matter and growing international solidarity with the Palestinians.

Palestinian artist Ayman al-Hasari paints a mural of African-American George Floyd on a wall in Gaza City | ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo. All rights reserved

25 May 2021 (openDemocracy)* — For the past two weeks, social media platforms have been awash with solidarity posts about the Palestinian struggle. As we mark the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, it is hard not to draw comparisons with the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the impact it had on the growing international solidarity with the Palestinians.

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28/05/2021

UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Inclusive Peace Process to End Palestine Occupation

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(UN News)* — UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Thursday [27 May 2021] for a “genuine and inclusive peace process” to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and a repeat of recent deadly clashes that have been marked by possible war crimes by Israeli security forces.

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©UNICEF/Eyad El Baba | A Palestinian child in front of the Gaza port, which was damaged during the recent escalation.

In comments to the Human Rights Council in Geneva – which stopped short of supporting a call for an international probe into the escalation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel – Ms. Bachelet condemned indiscriminate rocket attacks by Gaza’s de facto authority Hamas, which claimed 10 lives in Israel, and strikes inside the enclave by Israeli Security Forces that left 242 dead.

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28/05/2021

Israel-Palestine: Political Solution Only Way to End ‘Senseless’ Cycles of Violence

(UN News)* — Only a political solution will end the “senseless and costly cycles of violence” between Israelis and Palestinians, UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said in a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday [27 May 2021].

UNRWA/Mohamed Hinnawi | A building damaged by an Israeli air strike amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence in Gaza City.

Ambassadors met in person in New York as a fragile cessation of hostilities continues to hold, following 11 days of deadly conflict this month which engulfed the Occupied Palestinian Territory and several cities across Israel.

“These recent events have made clear once again the costs of perpetual conflict and lost hope”, said Mr Wennesland, officially the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

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