Archive for June 4th, 2021

04/06/2021

UN’s Battle Against Climate Hazards Undermined by a Devastating Pandemic

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4 2021 (IPS)* – The United Nations has been in the forefront of an ongoing battle against the growing hazards of climate change, including the destruction of different species of plants and animals, the danger of rising sea-levels threatening the very existence of small island developing states (SIDS), and the risks of oceans reaching record temperatures endangering aquatic resources.

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Restoring natural habitats as pictured here in Cuba will help to slow down climate change. A new UN-backed study released May 27 says annual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030, and increase four-fold by 2050, if the world is to successfully tackle the triple threat of climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises. Credit: UNDP

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04/06/2021

Stop Attacks on Children – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

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A child plays with a homemadesled made from an empty container and a length of cable, in Roj Camp, northeast Syria. PHOTO:© UNICEF/UNI310464/Romenzi
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On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.
04/06/2021

The African Green Stimulus Programme: Restoring Ecosystems, Central to Green Recovery

Human Wrongs Watch

3 June 2021 (UNEP)* — When African Ministers of Environment voted to adopt a green stimulus initiative in December 2020 that tied environmental incentives to economic and social recovery in a post-COVID-19 world, the mandate to build back better following the pandemic sprang to life.

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UNEP/Stephanie Foote / 03 Jun 2021

The African Green Stimulus Programme that was agreed by 54 ministers at the eighth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) reaffirmed the continent’s commitment to protect and sustainably use natural resources.

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04/06/2021

Pakistan’s Ten Billion Tree Tsunami

Human Wrongs Watch

4 June 2021 (UNEP)* — As Pakistan prepares for World Environment Day, on June 5, the country has shown it is prepared to lead the way in ecosystem restoration with its Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project.

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Huzaifa Tariq/Unsplash / 02 Jun 2021

The ambitious project- which is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – sets out to plant ten billion trees by 2023. Launched in 2019, the project has just reached a new milestone – planting of the billionth tree.

This year also sees the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 and projects such as the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami are key to preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.

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04/06/2021

World Environment Day 2021 Launches Global Drive to Restore Nature

Human Wrongs Watch

4 June 2021 (UNEP)* — With the world beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increasing recognition that healing from the pandemic is linked to healing the planet.

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