Archive for November 9th, 2021

09/11/2021

Half World’s Population, Exposed to Floods, Storms, Tsunamis, by 2030

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Nov 8 2021 (IPS)* – While negotiators from all over the world have been discussing, since 31 October 2021 in Glasgow, every single word, coma and dot in order to reach a final text that is expected to apparently keep everyone happy but really not everybody satisfied, 50% of world’s population will live in coastal areas, exposed to floods, storms and tsunamis by the year 2030.

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The pulverised beach in Kalmunai, located in eastern Sri Lanka, was stripped of most of its standing structures by the ferocity of the waves. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS

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09/11/2021

UN’s “Indispensable Partners” Barred from Entering Secretariat Building

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 8 2021 (IPS)* – The United Nations has come under heavy fire for continuing a 20-month-long ban on non-governmental organizations (NGOs)– even though the Secretariat is expected to return to near-normal by November 15 after a pandemic lockdown going back to March 2020.

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The high-level segment of the UN General Assembly in late September 2021 was attended by more than 100 world leaders and over a thousand delegates from 193 countries —despite the UN’s pandemic lockdown. But NGOs were banned from the Secretariat building—a 20-month- old ban which still continues. Credit: UN Photo / Mark Garten

Louis Charbonneau, UN Director of Human Rights Watch, told IPS: “The Secretary-General has repeatedly spoken of the vital importance of civil society to the proper functioning of the UN. Now he needs to prove he means it by re-admitting accredited NGOs – the only category of UN passholders still barred from entering UN headquarters.”

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09/11/2021

Myanmar: 3 Million in Need of Humanitarian Aid, ‘World Is Watching’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Growing conflict, insecurity, COVID-19, and a failing economy, has rendered some three million Burmese in in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance across Myanmar, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Monday 8 November 2021.

OCHA/P.Peron | A displaced child in Kachin State, Myanmar.
“The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is deteriorating”, Martin Griffiths said in a statement, adding that “without an end to violence and a peaceful resolution of Myanmar’s crisis, this number will only rise”.

Since a military takeover on 1 February ousted the democratically elected Government, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes due to violent crackdowns across the country.

09/11/2021

Many Countries ‘Unsupported and Unprepared’ to Address Climate Health Risks: World Health Organization

(UN News)* — Although governments are prioritizing public health measures to protect their people from climate impacts, many lack the funds to take effective action, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report issued on Monday [8 November 2021].

© CIAT/Neil Palmer | Environmental factors can contribute to poor health

The 2021 WHO health and climate change global survey report, which covers 95 countries, found only around a quarter have been able to fully implement national health and climate change plans or strategies.

Other major barriers to progress include the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as insufficient human resources.

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