Archive for ‘Asia’

17/02/2019

Cities of Light

Human Wrongs Watch

February 2019 (UNHCR)*A growing number of cities around the world are embracing refugees. This series looks at how they are helping the displaced to help themselves.

 

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17/02/2019

“Think Beyond, Live Within” – UN Calls for Governments, Public and Private Sector to Take a Critical Look at Their Consumption and Production Patterns

Human Wrongs Watch

14 Fbruary 2019 (UN Environment)* — World to Zero in on Solutions for the Future at UN Environment Assembly

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Photo from UN Environment.

  • UN calls for governments, public and private sector to take a critical look at their consumption and production patterns, urging to “Think Beyond, Live Within.”
  • Countries to make measurable commitments toward stimulating innovation and implementing circular economy systems.
  • Resolutions expected to cover the mainstreaming of biodiversity and the sound management of chemicals and waste, the use of big data, information management, indigenous knowledge solutions, the promotion of sustainable lifestyles and the efficient use of resources.

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17/02/2019

Science Combatting Desertification in the Sahel – The Incredible Work of a Young, Female Microbiologist from Burkina Faso

17 February 2019 (FAO)*Barkissa Fofana believes that microbiology is key to making degraded land green and productive again, and she is carrying out research to prove it.

 

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Barkissa Fofana, a young microbiologist from Burkina Faso, is confident that science can help combat climate change and desertification. ©FAO/Gideon Vink

 

“Something has to be done to tackle the environmental problems caused by climate change, desertification and population growth,” says Barkissa from an Acacia field just outside the city of Djibo in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region.

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16/02/2019

Food Is Much More than What Is on Our Plates – Six Ways to Value What You Eat and Where It Comes From

16 February 2019 (FAO)*In a vast world of 7 billion people where all you hear about are our differences, there are some important things that connect us, and one of these is food. Food connects us all. We all need it, depend on it, survive because of it and derive happiness from it.

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The story of food begins with a farmer. Why do we give our chefs stars and awards, but we forget about the part our food producers play? ©135pixels/Shutterstock | Photo from FAO.

In fact, food is part of who we are. It’s part of our habits and cultures. Hundreds of TV shows, movies and podcasts revolve around the topic of food, and cookbooks always sit among the bestsellers.

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16/02/2019

From the Field: Survival in Yemen against All Odds

Human Wrongs Watch

15 February 2019 — Fawaz, just 18-months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition and was on the brink of death. In war-torn Yemen, he was one of hundreds of thousands of children, more likely to die, than survive.

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15/02/2019

Two States ‘Side-by-Side’ Is the ‘Peaceful and Just Solution’ for Israel-Palestine Conflict: Guterres

Human Wrongs Watch

A “peaceful and just solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict can “only be achieved” through two States “living side-by-side in peace and security”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated on Friday [15 February 2019].

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UN News/Reem Abaza | A Palestinian woman selling olives, olive oil and other food items outside the Damascus Gate, one of the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. November 2018.
15/02/2019

$920 Million Needed to Assist over 900,000 Rohingya Refugees and the More than 330,000 Vulnerable Bangladeshis Hosting Them

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© UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo | Bangladesh. The Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to safety in Cox’s Bazar
15/02/2019

Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen Remains ‘the Worst in the World’

An estimated 24 million people – close to 80 per cent of the population – need assistance and protection in Yemen, the UN warned on Thursday [14 February 2019]. With famine threatening hundreds of thousands of lives, humanitarian aid is increasingly becoming the only lifeline for millions across the country.

 

OCHA/Giles Clarke | Child at Al Rebat camp where around 60 displaced families live having fled conflict zones in Taiz and Al Hudaydah, Yemen (November 2018).
 
According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the “severity of needs is deepening”, with the number of people in acute need, a staggering 27 per cent higher than last year, when it was already the most acute crisis on the globe.
15/02/2019

Over 500,000 People in Europe Estimated to Be Unrecognized as a Citizen of any Country; ‘Children Without a Nationality Have Limited Access to Basic Rights and Services’ – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

14 February 2019 — United Nations agencies are calling on States and regional organizations across Europe to take urgent action to ensure that thousands of currently stateless children are given the support and protection they deserve.* 

© UNHCR/Roger Arnold | Ajnur Demir poses for a portrait with his family while attending a UNHCR stateless workshop in Skopje, North Macedonia.

With more than 500,000 people in Europe estimated to be unrecognized as a citizen of any country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored that children without a nationality have limited access to basic rights and services, like education or healthcare, and can face life-long discrimination.

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14/02/2019

Measles Cases Nearly Doubled in a Year amid Rising Severe and Protracted Outbreaks All Over the Planet – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday [14 February 2019].

© UNICEF/UN0201055/Krepkih | Dana, 1.3, held by her mother Inna, doesn’t cry while being administered her first dose of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine on 4 April 2018 in Children’s Policlinic №1 in Obolon district, Kyiv, Ukraine.
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The appeal to Member States to close gaps in vaccine coverage follows the previously announced news that an estimated 110,000 people died from the highly infectious but easily preventable disease in 2017.
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