Archive for June 23rd, 2021

23/06/2021

Sustainability Solution or Climate Calamity? The Dangers and Promise of Cryptocurrency Technology

20 June 2021 (UN News)*The negative environmental impact of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has been widely covered in the press in recent weeks and months, and their volatility has also been flagged as a cause for concern.
Unsplash/André François McKenz | Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly, without an intermediary like a bank.
Nevertheless, the UN believes that blockchain, the technology lying behind these online currencies, could be of great benefit to those fighting the climate crisis, and help bring about a more sustainable global economy.
23/06/2021

“I Didn’t Feel Like a Human in There” – Abuse and Discrimination in Canada’s Immigration Detention

23/06/2021

Over 1.7 Million Uprooted People, Forced to Flee Conflict in Tigray, Urgently Require Greater Assistance

Human Wrongs Watch

By the International Organization for Migration*

Addis Ababa, 23 June 2021Communities affected and uprooted by the ongoing conflict in Tigray [Ethiopia] continue to experience devastating levels of suffering. Humanitarian agencies urgently require increased resources in order to reach those desperate for relief.

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IOM is providing water, sanitation and hygiene services to thousands of IDPs in Shire, Tigray Region, Ethiopia. Photo IOM / Kaye Viray

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23/06/2021

Time Running Out to Prevent ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Arising in Afghanistan

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — With all the major indicators for Afghanistan’s security and development looking “negative or stagnant” as international troops withdraw, the threats that lie ahead cannot be overstated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on 22 June 2021.

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World Bank/Ghullam Abbas Farzami | Women carry bundles through a neighbourhood of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
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From politics to security, the peace process to the economy, Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the “possible slide toward dire scenarios is undeniable”.
23/06/2021

Millions of Stateless People Could Miss Out on COVID-19 Vaccinations as They Lack Identity Papers and Are ‘Invisible’ to the Authorities

Human Wrongs Watch

22 June 2021 (UN News)*Millions of stateless people around the world could miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack identity papers and are essentially “invisible to the authorities”.

© U​NHCR​/Katie Barlow | John who was photographed in southeast London has been recognized as stateless in the UK.
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