Archive for August 12th, 2021


‘Climate Change Widespread, Rapid, and Intensifying’

(WMO)* — Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released on 9 August 2021.

Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion – such as continued sea level rise – are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.

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5 Ways Indigenous Peoples are helping Us Achieve a World Without Hunger

Indigenous Peoples and their food systems can provide answers to food insecurity and climate change


Indigenous Peoples are stewards of natural resources, biodiversity and nutritious native foods. They are key partners in finding solutions to climate change and reshaping our food systems. @FAO/Francesco Farnè

10 August 2021 (FAO)* — Constituting only 6 percent of the world population, Indigenous Peoples are nevertheless vital stewards of the environment. 

28 percent of the world’s land surface, including some of the most ecologically intact and biodiverse forest areas, are primarily managed by Indigenous Peoples, families, smallholders and local communities.

These forests are crucial for curbing gas emissions and maintaining biodiversity.

Indigenous foods are also particularly nutritious, and their associated food systems are remarkably climate-resilient and well-adapted to the environment. 


TikTok Challenge: Cooking Without Ingredients… A Novel Way to Spread the Word about Hunger

By Mert Er*

#Invisiblemeal is putting hunger around the world in focus
two children are eating their meals
Bangladesh: Sadek and Ibrahim are two boys whose family lost their home in Kutupalong, the world’s biggest refugee camp, to the fire in March. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud

(World Food Programme)* — Grab your cooking pot to start cooking a delicious meal. You need:

0lb spaghetti 
0 cloves garlic
No cup of olive oil, 
No teaspoon red pepper flakes
0 pinch of salt 
No chopped fresh parsley.

But wait – where are the ingredients themselves, you ask. Well, this is an #InvisibleMeal

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‘Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all’

group of young people carrying signs

Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for the kind of transformational change they seek – and young people must be full partners in that effort.

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Transforming Food Systems – Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health

Young women making flower bouquets while sitting on a field of flowers

Two young women from West Bengal learned to create bouquets using Jhuphsi, a kind of flower growing in the wild. PHOTO:© UNESCO-UNEVOC/Amitava Chandra

(United Nations)* — With the world’s population expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, it has become recognized by numerous stakeholders that simply producing a larger volume of healthier food more sustainably will not ensure human and planetary wellbeing.

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Punishment of ‘Innocent Civilians’ Through Government Sanctions Must End: UN Human Rights Experts 

(UN News)* — Unilateral coercive measures by some governments are denying many people around the world the right to personal development, as well as holding back sustainable national development, four independent UN human rights experts on 11 August 2021 said.

OCHA/Gema Cortes | People in sanction-targeted countries like Venezuela sink into poverty because they cannot get the essential services they need.

UN Refugee Agency Alarmed over US ‘Expulsion Flights’ to Southern Mexico 

(UN News)* — The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) raised concern on 11 August 2021 over a new policy by the United States, using public health orders linked to COVID-19, to expel some asylum-seekers and migrants by flying them to southern Mexico.

UNICEF/César Amador | Asylum seekers, including children, at the Matamoros camp awaiting their US immigration hearings in Mexico.

Calling on the Biden Administration to end the practice, UNHCR said the Government was putting families and individuals who may have urgent protection needs, at risk, by returning them to their country of origin, before needs have been assessed or addressed.

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Arrests of Palestinian Rights Defenders Part of ‘Wider Crackdown’

(UN News)* — Israel must safeguard human rights activists in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and within its borders, a UN-appointed expert said on Wednesday [11 August 2021]

UN News | The Palestinian Flag in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, expressed concern over arrests, harassment, criminalization and threats targeting these individuals.

“Arrests and raids on the homes of Palestinian human right defenders form part of a wider crackdown against those defending the human rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” she said.

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