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19/09/2020

A World Without Hunger Is Also About Protecting Food

Human Wrongs Watch

, Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)*

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

‘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

Keep Health Workers Safe to Keep Patients Safe: WHO

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Geneva, 17 September 2020 (WHO)* — The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

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17/09/2020

‘Governments Urged to Protect Poor against Modern Slavery, Step Up Development Financing’

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(UN News)* — Unless governments act now, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said.

© UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi | A Nigerian girl, pregnant with twins after being forced into prostitution following her arrival in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea route from Libya, stands in a home run by an Italian NGO where she is being sheltered in Asti, Piedmont region, Italy. (2017)
17/09/2020

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: International Equal Pay Day

Man and woman in uniform in front of industrial equipment.

Worldwide, women make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, creating a lifetime of income inequality between men and women. PHOTO:ILO / Marcel Crozet

Across all regions, women are paid less than men, with the gender pay gap estimated at 23 per cent globally.

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17/09/2020

‘Around the World, Despite Decades of Activism, and Dozens of Laws on Equal Pay, Women Still Earn Less than 80 Cents for Every Dollar Men Do’

Two men and one woman in uniform working with wood.

If you had told me this forty years ago, I would have been shocked. But according to the World Economic Forum, it will take 257 years to close this gap.

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16/09/2020

10 Years to Restore Our Planet. 10 Actions that Count.

16 September 2020 (UN Environment)* — Against a backdrop of environmental crisis, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a chance to revive the natural world that supports us all. 

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A decade may sound like a long time. But scientists say that these next ten years will count most in the fight to avert climate change and the loss of millions of species. Here are ten actions in the strategy of the UN Decade that can build a #GenerationRestoration. 

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16/09/2020

‘Protecting Nature Is Entirely within Humanity’s Reach. The Work Must Start Now’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment*

We have known for a long time that biodiversity, and the services it provides, have been in decline. It is on this background that ten years ago, the international community adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The goal of the plan, and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, was to halt biodiversity loss and ensure that ecosystems continued to provide essential services.

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16/09/2020

Nature: Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

Montreal, 15 September 2020 (UN Environment)*Despite encouraging progress in several areas, the natural world is suffering badly and getting worse. Eight transformative changes are, therefore, urgently needed to ensure human wellbeing and save the planet, the UN warns in a major report. nature-3545314_1920Pixabay

The report comes as the COVID-19 pandemic challenges people to rethink their relationship with nature, and to consider the profound consequences to their own wellbeing and survival that can result from continued biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystems.

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