Archive for ‘Climate Crisis’

31/07/2021

Sink or Swim: Can Island States Survive the Climate Crisis?

31 July 2021 (UN News)*Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possible extinction. We take a look at some of the many challenges they face, and how they could be overcome.
© UNICEF/Vlad Sokhin | With most of its land only a few feet above sea level, Kiribati is seeing growing damage from storms and flooding.
Low emissions, but high exposure

The 38 member states and 22 associate members that the UN has designated as Small Island Developing States  or SIDS are caught in a cruel paradox: they are collectively responsible for less than one per cent of global carbon emissions, but they are suffering severely from the effects of climate change, to the extent that they could become uninhabitable.

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30/07/2021

‘I’m Not Old Enough to Be a Woman’ Says Trafficked Teen

Human Wrongs Watch

30 July 2021 (UN News)*A teenage girl who was sold for sex for the price of a few beers as a twelve-year-old, has told the United Nations how she was trafficked between Burundi and Tanzania in East Africa.

© IOM 2021/Lauriane Wolfe | Elisabeth, now 16 years old, has been reunited with her family in Burundi.
Some one thousand victims of human trafficking have been identified in Burundi since 2017, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Elisabeth (not her real name) is one of the lucky ones. She survived the ordeal and received assistance from IOM to return home to Burundi.

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29/07/2021

Every Country in the World Is Affected by Human Trafficking

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(United Nations)* — Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Since 2003 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has collected information on about 225,000 victims of trafficking detected worldwide.

Globally countries are detecting and reporting more victims and are convicting more traffickers. This can be the result of increased capacity to identify victims and/or an increased number of trafficked victims.

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29/07/2021

Trafficking in Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation, ‘One of the Most Widespread and Abhorrent Forms of Human Trafficking’

Women leave their hand prints in pink and light blue on a poster.

In the midst of a global pandemic, accompanied by rising inequalities and economic devastation, the voices of human trafficking survivors and victims risk being drowned out.

But listening to their stories is more crucial than ever as the COVID-19 crisis increases fragilities and drives up desperation.

As many as 124 million more people have been pushed into extreme poverty by the pandemic, leaving many millions vulnerable to trafficking.

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29/07/2021

Sexual Exploitation, Forced Labour, Slavery… The Voices of Human Trafficking Victims Lead the Way

Human Wrongs Watch

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – 30 July 2021

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The stories of human trafficking survivors illustrate the impact of survivor engagement and the need for victim empowerment – each story shows the motivation to engage in anti-trafficking efforts. PHOTO:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

(United Nations)* — This year’s theme puts victims of human trafficking at the centre of the campaign and will highlight the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking.

The campaign portrays survivors as key actors in the fight against human trafficking and focusses on the crucial role they play in establishing effective measures to prevent this crime, identify and rescue victims and support them on their road to rehabilitation.

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29/07/2021

Water Scarcity: Coming Soon

Human Wrongs Watch

HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada, Jul 29 2021 (IPS)* – In 1995, a highly-respected water expert in South Africa, Bill Pitman, in very concise terms illustrated that the country, already battling a growing lack of water then, would likely run out in 25 years if it did not increase its supply.

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Credit: UNICEF

Twenty-five years have now passed and the country is thirstier than ever.

The recent water crisis in Cape Town is just one manifestation of the nation’s chronic water scarcity. And there is likely more water trouble ahead.

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29/07/2021

Bangladesh: Deadly Flooding, Landslides Devastate Rohingya Refugees  

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Three days of strong winds and heavy monsoon rain on sprawling refugee sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar have taken Rohingya refugee lives and wreaked havoc and destruction, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday [28 July 2021].

WFP/Nihab Rahman | Strong winds and heavy monsoon rain in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar have taken a severe toll on Rohingya refugees sheltering there, much as it did to the family photographed here in 2019.
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While initial reports revealed that an estimated 2,500 shelters were damaged or destroyed – affecting more than 12,000 refugees, in the last 24 hours alone, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCRsaid that nearly a foot of rain fell on camps hosting more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees. 

28/07/2021

How Composting Can Reduce Our Impact on the Planet

Human Wrongs Watch

27 July 2021 (UNEP)* — Every year, across the world, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is either lost or wasted, says the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Food Waste Index.

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With world hunger on this rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to reduce food waste is becoming increasingly urgent.

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27/07/2021

‘Mangroves Play an Essential Role as Carbon Sinks, Sequestering Atmospheric and Oceanic Carbon for Long Periods of Time’

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Support mangrove conservation, UNESCO chief says

UNDP/Yuichi Ishida | A woman plants mangrove trees in Timor Leste.

(UN News)* — The world is waking up to the importance of mangroves, a senior UN official said on Monday [26 July 2021], underscoring the need for everyone to support restoration and protection of these crucial habitats.

Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), made the appeal in her message for the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, observed on 26 July.

27/07/2021

Mangroves Are Disappearing 3 to 5 Times Faster than Overall Global Forest Losses…

Human Wrongs Watch

International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem – 26 July

 

26 July 2021 (UNESCO)* — Mangroves are rare, spectacular and prolific ecosystems on the boundary between land and sea. These extra ordinary ecosystems contribute to the wellbeing, food security, and protection of coastal communities worldwide.

They support a rich biodiversity and provide a valuable nursery habitat for fish and crustaceans.

Mangroves also act as a form of natural coastal defense against storm surges, tsunamis, rising sea levels and erosion. Their soils are highly effective carbon sinks, sequestering vast amounts of carbon.

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