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18/09/2017

Act to Eliminate Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – UN Official Urges Political Leaders

Human Wrongs Watch

17 September 2017 – Ahead of a high-level United Nations meeting on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, the Organization’s Special Coordinator on the issue is urging global leaders to join the “Circle of Leadership,” lend the political weight of their offices, and act – both at the national and international levels – to eradicate the scourge.

United Nations work with local communities in Kavumo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to sensitize the population on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. Photo: MONUSCO/Alain Likota

“Sexual exploitation and abuse is not an issue that is only concerning peacekeeping or military or uniformed personnel, it is a scourge that exists everywhere across our system,” Jane Holl Lute, the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse, said in an interview with UN News.

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16/09/2017

Geopolitics of Culture of Fear — First Part: What They Do Not Teach at Harvard…

 Human Wrongs Watch

By George Perendia*

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House of Cards ” Image re-posted from Wall Street International 

7 September 2017 — Wall Street International — With a very common, apparent naivety of a modern times academic who seeks to be politically correct and professionally accepted by justifying or reinterpreting ongoing policies, not unsimilar to the struggle of a priest, especially among those monotheist ones, who have to close their eyes to the evil or disastrous consequences of human and natural deeds and desperately seek for any kind of positive interpretations that would be in favour of the proselytised eternal goodness of the godly power behind the ”only apparently” bad deeds of the powers, whether political or those divine, respectively, Dominique Moisi concludes his very readable, however also very elaborate and very poignant recent book on politics and fear in TV series [1] with claims that it is aiming to find a “hope” within the cruelty, violence, social and political intrigues depicted in the modern TV series such as Game of Thrones or Occupied, and the resulting fear that they are often designed to create.

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16/09/2017

We Need Their Voices, and Yours!

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By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, One of the Greatest Living Intellectuals on Earth, and author of the  masterpiece-book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 22 and last: We Need Their Voices, and Yours!

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Figure 22.1: Together we can do it!.

Saint Francis said:

“Blessed is he who loves and does not therefore desire to be loved;

Blessed is he who fears and does not therefore desire to be feared;

Blessed is he who serves and does not therefore desire to be served;

Blessed is he who behaves well toward others and does not desire that others behave well toward him.”

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16/09/2017

UN Dedicates International Peace Day to Safety, Respect for Refugees and Migrants

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The United Nations in New York on 15 September 2017 marked the International Day of Peace with the annual ringing of the peace bell and calls for combatants worldwide to lay down their arms and observe a day of ceasefire and non-violence.

Some of the many children attending the United Nations Peace Bell Ceremony on the Occasion of the 36th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

This year’s ceremony was dedicated to the more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution.

“When more and more doors and minds are being closed to refugees, let us show solidarity,” Secretary-General António Guterres said at the ceremony, which focuses attention this year on the spirit of Together, a global initiative led by the UN to promote respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants.

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16/09/2017

Conflicts, Climate Shocks Causing New Famines, Severe Food Crisis

ROME, Sep 15 2017 (IPS) – Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed.
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At the site for internally displaced persons in Mellia, Chad. Credit: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

Hunger and under nutrition are significantly worse where conflicts are prolonged and institutional capacities weak, on 15 September warned the first-ever UN report measuring progress on meeting new international goals pegged to eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

“After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual report on world food security and nutrition.”

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15/09/2017

Put People Before Profits, UN Urges in Annual Trade Report

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14 September 2017 – Noting that the world economy in 2017 “is picking up but not taking off,” a new United Nations trade and development report has cautioned against fiscal austerity and harnessing finance to support job creation and infrastructure investment.

A woman prepares bread at her home in Faqua village, Jordan for sale in the local market. Since her husband passed away in 2002, she has had to take care of her family of nine children. With her small business of bread, cheese and Jabeen (dry yogurt) she earns enough to survive. Photo: IFAD/Lana Slezic

14/09/2017

Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking ‘Stark Reality’ for Migrant Children Trying to Reach Europe – UN Report

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12 September 2017 – More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, calling on the continent to establish safe and regular pathways for migration.

Walking along the train tracks connecting Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a woman carries a young boy as a young girl holds on to the back of her jacket. Photo: UNICEF/UN012803/Georgiev

13/09/2017

Alert: Nature, on the Verge of Bankruptcy

ROME, Sep 12 2017 (IPS) – Pressures on global land resources are now greater than ever, as a rapidly increasing population coupled with rising levels of consumption is placing ever-larger demands on the world’s land-based natural capital, warns a new United Nations report.

The on-going drought in the Horn of Africa is widespread, triggering a regional humanitarian crisis with food insecurity skyrocketing, particularly among livestock-owning communities, and devastating livelihoods. Credit: FAO

Consumption of the earth’s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of the planet’s land now severely degraded, adds the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) new report, launched on 12 September in Ordos, China during the Convention’s 13th summit (6-16 September 2017).

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11/09/2017

Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 11 2017 (IPS) – When officials and experts from all over the world started the first-ever environmental summit hosted by China, they were already aware that climate and weather-related disasters were already seriously beginning to set the international agenda – unprecedented floods in South Asia, strongest ever hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and catastrophic droughts striking the Horn of Africa, among the most impacting recent events.
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A group of women in Mogadishu, Somalia, after leaving Toro-Toro, 100 kilometres away, because of a lack of water and food. Credit: OCHA

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11/09/2017

Up to 2 Billion Hectares of Land Are Degraded. On Average 12 Million Hectares Are Lost Every Year

Human Wrongs Watch

Ordos, September 11, 2017 (UNCCD)*  – Up to 2 billion hectares of land are degraded. On average, 12 million hectares are lost every year and 169 countries are affected by land degradation, desertification and drought. 

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In an unprecedented global campaign to save productive land, 112 countries, as of today, have agreed to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving land degradation neutrality by 2030 a national target for action.

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