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24/01/2020

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Resigns from Nobel Women’s Initiative

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By The Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

1 Jan 2020 – Press Release

Mairead Maguire Resigned Today from the Nobel Women’s Initiative Board and Organization

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Maguire, who won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in peacemaking in Northern Ireland and is a co-founder of The Peace People, Ireland said:

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24/01/2020

The World Is “Doomed” in the Face of Climate Change Unless Major Industrial Nations Reduce Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions – UN Chief at World Economic Forum

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The world is “doomed” in the face of climate change unless major industrial nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday [23 January 2020]. (*).

World Economic Forum/Boris Baldinger | UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
23/01/2020

The Effect of Wildfires on Sustainable Development

23 January 2020 (UN Environment)* — With only 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders in September 2019 called for accelerated action in the next decade to deliver at the scale and speed required. Climate change and global heating however, are increasing the likelihood and intensity of wildfires, which could have a growing impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Photo by UNREDD
23/01/2020

Ten Impacts of the Australian Bushfires

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22 January 2020 – UN Environment*

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Photo by: REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy (Photo posted here from UN Environment’s story).

1. Physical, direct impacts

Over 18 million hectares have burned in the Australian bushfire season 2019–2020 as of mid-January according to media reports, destroying over 5,900 buildings including over 2,800 homes. In addition to human fatalities, many millions of animals are reported to have been killed.

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23/01/2020

‘The World Is Facing Four Looming Threats to Human Progress: Surging Geopolitical Tensions, the Climate Crisis, Global Mistrust and the Downsides of Technology’ – UN Chief

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The start of the New Year finds the world facing four looming threats to human progress: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday [22 January 2020]. (*).

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Secretary-General António Guterres (left) briefs the General Assembly meeting on his Priorities for 2020 and the Work of the Organization.
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22/01/2020

Why the Coronavirus Should Worry Us All

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ABUJA, Jan 21 2020 (IPS)*– The coronavirus outbreak — which began in Wuhan, China, and causes a pneumonia-like illness — is raging across Asia, infecting close to 300 people and killing four. It was initially known to be transmitted from animals to human, and was just confirmed to be transmitted from human to human.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of MERS virus particles (yellow) both budding and attached to the surface of infected VERO E6 cells (blue). Credit: NIAID

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22/01/2020

World Health Organization to Gauge Global Threat, as China Confirms Coronavirus Transmission between Humans

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21 January 2020 (UN News)*Following an announcement by China’s national health body that a new virus first identified there, can be transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold a meeting on Wednesday [22 January 2020] to decide if it should be declared a global health emergency.

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Unsplash/Michael Amadeus | A women wearing a face mask.
22/01/2020

‘Negative Developments’ Undermining Two-State Solution in Middle East

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World Bank/Natalia Cieslik | Children walk on road in Gaza, where the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) maintain food assistance to over one million Palestine refugees.
Rosemary DiCarlo was briefing ambassadors on developments related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as recent protests in Lebanon, against the backdrop of the crisis sparked by the killing of a top Iranian general by the United States earlier this month.
21/01/2020

Greed Is Driving Us towards Disaster

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Greed Is the Most Deadly of Sins

Greed, in particular the greed of corporations and billionaire oligarchs, is driving human civilization and the biosphere towards disaster.

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21/01/2020

Nearly Half a Billion People Can’t Find Decent Work; Unemployment Set to Rise – International Labour Organization

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Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday [20 January 2020], which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by about 2.5 million this year. (*).

ILO/Marcel Crozet | A construction worker builds a cylindrical metal structure in Yangon, Myanmar.
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