Archive for June 26th, 2021

26/06/2021

UN’s Double Standard on Human Rights Abusers Protects Big Powers

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26/06/2021

Formal and Informal Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Make Up 90% of All Firms, Account for 70% of Total Employment and 50% of GDP…

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A close-up of a smiling man with a smiling woman sewing in the background.

 

Sewing workshop of a family business in China. PHOTO:Marcel Crozet / ILO

26 June 2021 (United Nations)* — The COVID-19 crisis has taught us that the pandemic and containment measures do not impact everyone in the same way.

Among the private sector, Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), especially those led by women, youth, ethnic minorities and migrants, suffered the most.

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26/06/2021

Wholesale Food Markets ‘Critical’ for Agri-Food Systems Transformation

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Rome/Florence (FAO)* – Wholesale food markets are a critical partner in global efforts to transform agri-food systems and fight food insecurity, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, on 25 June 2021 said.

Photo: ©FAO/ C. Marinheiro

Vendors wear protective face masks at the Asa Branca Market in Luanda, Angola.

Speaking online to the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) Conference held in Florence, FAO Director-General outlined how the COVID-19 pandemic had made it imperative to address inequalities in access to nutritious and healthy diets.

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26/06/2021

Roadmap for the Progressive Elimination of Dumpsites in Latin America and the Caribbean

Panama City, June 25, 2021 (UNEP)* The Roadmap for the Progressive Closure of Dumpsites in Latin America and the Caribbean aims to establish the requirements and necessary steps to eliminate dumpsites in the region by 2030 and, thus, correct the impacts on health and the environment caused by the inappropriate disposal of solid waste

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The analysis, presented at a high-level event, is the result of the work of the Voluntary coalition of governments and relevant organizations, which has been supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

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26/06/2021

‘The Global Climate Crisis Is Exacerbating and Intensifying Water-Related Disasters, Jeopardizing Lives and Livelihoods’

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(UN News)* — The global climate crisis is “exacerbating and intensifying” water-related disasters, jeopardizing lives and livelihoods, the UN chief on 25 June 2021 said at a major sustainable development symposium.

© UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo | A child stands near a water pump surrounded by floodwaters in Gatumba, located near Bujumbura in Burundi.
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“For decades, natural disasters, [which] have been one of the major causes of worsening poverty, forcing some 26 million people into poverty each year and reversing developmental gains… are almost always connected to water, whether through floods, storms, droughts, tsunamis or landslides”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Fifth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. 
26/06/2021

‘Investing in Balanced Prevention and Control of Drug Use and Its Disorders Produces Solid Returns, Saves Lives…’

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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking | 26 June 2021

By António Guterres, UN Secretary-General*

Police in Liberia

Action based on evidence is crucial for our responses to drugs, too.

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26/06/2021

COVID Pandemic Fuelling Major Increase in Drug Use Worldwide

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(UN News)* — Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year of unprecedented upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, up by 22 per cent from 2010.

Unsplash/Wesley Gibbs | The potency of cannabis has increased by as much as four times in parts of the world over the last 24 years.
That’s among the key findings of the latest annual report released on Thursday [24 June 2021] by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which also provides an overview of global drug markets, as well as their impact on people’s health and livelihoods.
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According to UNODC’s World Drug Report 2021, cannabis potency has quadrupled in some parts of the world over the last two decades, while the percentage of adolescents who perceived the drug as harmful fell by as much as 40 per cent.

26/06/2021

Increasing Threats to Indigenous Peoples’ Unique Capacity to Conserve Biodiversity, Foster Resilient Food Security

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ROME (FAO)*  –  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the Alliance of Bioversity International and The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) on 25 June 2021 released a new study identifying hundreds of diverse plant and animal species that Indigenous Peoples around the world depend on and care for to generate food sustainably and enhance biodiversity – and warning of increasing threats to these sophisticated food systems.

Photo: @Fundación Omacha/ Fernando Trujillo

Procuring food in Colombia.

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