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14/12/2018

From Central America to Syria: the Conspiracy against Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America.

In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the seemingly substantial ideological and political differences between right-wing Fox News and liberal CNN, are both media outlets working hard to safeguard their country’s dirty little secret?

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14/12/2018

COP24: Return of King Coal

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The Polish stand at COP24.

It takes just one breath of air to understand that coal is omnipresent in Katowice. The acidic smell from the combustion of coal in a neighbouring thermal power station can be noticed even in the temporary buildings Poland has packed around the conference centre.

Even the slogan of COP24, “Katowice is changing the climate!”, which is displayed on buses, has a sense of black humour to it. The city’s emissions, which are being multiplied by the arrival of 20,000 people for two weeks, are actually contributing to the acceleration of global warming.

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14/12/2018

Cleaning Up Couture: What’s in Your Jeans?

14 December 2018 (UN Environment)*Today you made a decision that could change the face of the planet. You decided what to wear.

When was the last time you looked in your wardrobe and couldn’t find anything suitable?

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Photo from UN Environment.

Screen stars on Netflix wear stunning but different couture in every episode. Celebrities boast cutting edge design, always pictured in a new outfit. Are you keeping up? Don’t worry. The latest news is that you don’t have to.

If you listen to Deputy Mayor of Paris—and Parisians would know—Antoinette Guhl, as stated in the report A New Textiles Economy: “Circular is the new black! We need a fashion industry based on three principles: clean, fair and good.”

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13/12/2018

‘Staunch Support’ for Iran Nuclear Deal Tempered by Concern over Missile Testing

While there is “staunch support” among Member States for the 2016 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, that is tempered by concerns over some of its other activities, which Iran “should carefully consider and address” according to the latest report on the deal from the UN Secretary-General.
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UN Photo/Manuel Elias | The UN Security Council debates Iran’s nuclear programme on 12 December 2018.
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13/12/2018

Failing to Agree Climate Action Would Be “Suicidal” Warns UN Chief amidst Continuing Roadblocks over How to Implement the Paris Agreement

With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the  historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on 12 December 2018, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the job.”

UNFCCC Secretariat/James Dowson | UN Secretary-General 

“In my opening statement to this conference one week ago…I warned that climate change is running faster than we are and that Katowice must — in no uncertain terms — be a success, as a necessary platform to reverse this trend,” said Secretary-General Guterres.

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13/12/2018

Better Care, Stronger Laws Needed to Save 30 Million Babies on the Brink of Death

Human Wrongs Watch

12 December 2018 — Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialized care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO).

GAVI Alliance | In Ghana, a community health worker weighs babies before administering vaccines. In 2012 Ghana became the first country in Africa to simultaneously introduce vaccines against pneumococcal disease and rotavirus, targeting the world’s leading killers of children – pneumonia and diarrhoea.

“When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right place can make all the difference,” said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. Yet,” he continued, “millions of small and sick babies and women are dying every year because they simply do not receive the quality care that is their right, and our collective responsibility.”

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13/12/2018

In Defense of the Human Individual

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 13 December 2018 – While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earth’s fossil record – see ‘Will humans be extinct by 2026?’ – I would like to make a belated pitch for the importance of the human individual and why nurturing each individual’s uniqueness is so important even if it is now probably too late.

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Robert J. Burrowes

‘Why are you writing about this?’ you might ask, adding that many people accept that each one of us is unique, important and deserves the opportunities and support necessary to live a fulfilling life according to our own culture and choices.

It is just the sexists, racists, bigots (religious and otherwise), upper class, governments, corporations, members of the global elite, and some other categories of people, as well as many organizations, particularly those that are violent, that do not.

Well, I wish that this was true. But I am troubled by the overwhelming evidence that suggests it is not.

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12/12/2018

Universal Health Coverage: What Is It and What It Is Not; Can It Be Measured? – Key Facts

WHO/L. Mackenzie

Key facts

  • At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.
  • About 100 million people are still being pushed into “extreme poverty” (living on 1.90 USD (1) or less a day) because they have to pay for health care.
  • Over 800 million people (almost 12% of the world’s population) spent at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for health care.
  • All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
12/12/2018

The ABCs of What It Will Take To Deliver the Right to Health

7 December 2018 (WHO)*More people can access essential health services today than ever before, but at least half of the world’s population still go without. Those living in the poorest countries, in the most marginalized communities, face the greatest challenges in access, the highest burden of disease, and the worst health outcomes. 

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Photo from WHO.

This year is an opportunity to stand up for their rights. It is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, and the 70th anniversary of WHO. Both the Declaration and WHO’s Constitution, the organization’s founding document, assert that health is a fundamental right for all people.

These are the ABCs of what it will take to deliver the right to health.

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12/12/2018

‘Universal Health Care for All, Leaving No One Behind, by 2030’ – International Day

Human Wrongs Watch

Universal health care for all, leaving no one behind, by 2030: that’s the call going out on International Universal Health Coverage Day, which this year falls on Wednesday [12 December 2018]. Why 2030? 

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WHO/Yoshi Shimizu | An elderly patient receives rehabilitation care in Japan (file)

Because that’s the target date for completion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which (SDG3), calls for the promotion of healthy lives and well-being for all.

The International Day is supported by UHC 2030, a global partnership consisting of Member States, several UN Agencies – including the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – and civil society organizations.

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