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20/09/2020

Uncertain Future for Migrant Workers, in a Post-Pandemic World

19 September 2020 (UN News)* — The COVID-19 pandemic has largely put a freeze on migration. But will the movement of people recover once the current crisis is over? In an interview with UN News, Gary Rynhart, a senior official at the UN labour agency, ILO, explains why a return to “normal” is unlikely, and migrants will probably face a very different job market.
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IOM/Benjamin Suomela | Burmese migrant worker in Bangkok, Thailand.
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20/09/2020

Critical Underfunding Exacerbated by COVID-19 Pushing Millions of Displaced People to the Edge

20/09/2020

After 75 Years, UN Claims 50:50 Gender Parity, But Falls Short of Its Ultimate Goals

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 2020 (IPS)* – When the United Nations was dominated by men, holding some of the highest positions in the staff hierarchy, women staffers were overwhelmingly administrative secretaries seen pounding on their Remington typewriters seated outside their bosses’ enclosed offices.

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While women have come a long way since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action nearly 25 years ago, they still lag behind on virtually every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Credit: UN Women, India

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20/09/2020

“My Land Is My Life”


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Promoting equal access to land and livelihoods in Lebanon

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Afaf Qaddouh has taken advantage of an FAO project in Lebanon designed to make land more productive and improve land management practices. ©FAO/Ralph Azar

18 September 2020 (FAO)* — Afaf Qaddouh had assisted her father in working their land in Zawtar El Sharkiyeh in the South of Lebanon ever since she was a little girl. When he passed away, it became hers. She didn’t know then how important this land would become to her.

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20/09/2020

Run for Their Lives: Free App Challenges Users to Outrun a Pangolin, Tiger and Elephant in Clarion Call for Conservation

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi, 17 September 2020 (UN Environment)* – The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and adidas Runtastic are again teaming up with Internet of Elephants and other conservation organizations to challenge runners to outrun iconic endangered individual wild animals in a bid to rally support for biodiversity protection worldwide.

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19/09/2020

A World Without Hunger Is Also About Protecting Food

Human Wrongs Watch

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ROME, Sep 17 2020 (IPS)*– Concern about food loss and waste has become an increasingly important focus of attention when discussing ways to eliminate hunger which, according to the latest FAO report, already exceeds 690 million people.

desperdicio_alimentos-629x354Controlling the loss and waste of food is a crucial factor in reaching the goal of eradicating hunger in the world. Credit: FAO

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19/09/2020

Developing Countries Should Invest US$1.2 Trillion to Guarantee Basic Social Protection – International Labour Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study.

GENEVA, 17 September 2020 (ILO)* – To guarantee at least basic income security and access to essential health care for all in 2020 alone, developing countries should invest approximately US$1.2 trillion – on average 3.8 per cent of their GDP – says a new ILO policy brief.

19/09/2020

‘Tens of Millions of Yemenis’ Devastated by Unabated War and COVID-19 

Human Wrongs Watch

More than five years of war have “devastated the lives of tens of millions of Yemenis”, with experts estimating that up to one million may have been affected by COVID-19, the UN chief told the General Assembly on Thursday [17 September 2020]. *

© UNICEF/Mahmoud Fahdl | A health care worker prepares a diphtheria vaccine at Khawr Meksar clinic in Aden, Yemen, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres informed a High-level Ministerial meeting, that there were more than 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yemen, and with war having “decimated the country’s health facilities”, the need for a negotiated political settlement to end the conflict is more urgent than ever.

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19/09/2020

‘New Wave of Famine Could Sweep the Globe, Over- Whelming Nations Already Weakened by Years of Conflict’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The global hunger crisis caused by conflict – and now compounded by COVID-19 – is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday [18 September 2020], stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of instability. 

UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi | Tents and makeshift shelters at an IDP camp in Yemen. Years of conflict has left millions at crisis levels of hunger, with some facing starvation due to COVID.

“This fight…is far, far, far from over,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley, briefing the Security Council during a virtual debate on conflict-induced hunger.  

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17/09/2020

Hurricane Sally Causes Major Flooding as 2020 Season Exhausts List of Names

Human Wrongs Watch

17 September 2020 (WMO)*The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so active that it has nearly exhausted the regular list of storm names. If this happens, the Greek alphabet will be used for only the second time on record.

On 14 September, the US National Hurricane Center issued advisories on five tropical cyclones over the Atlantic basin (Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy and Vicky). This ties the record for the most number of tropical cyclones in that basin at one time, last set in September 1971.

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