Archive for ‘Middle East’

21/09/2020

‘This Year, It Has Been Clearer than Ever that We Are Not Each Other’s Enemies’ – International Day of Peace

Members of the audience at a performance put on by the youth theatre project

PHOTO:UN Photo/Marco Dormino | Members of the audience at a performance put on by a communal youth theatre project to promote peace and reconciliation in Gao, Mali (2014). UN Photo/Marco Dormino
21/09/2020

Activist Turns Adversity into a Fresh Start for Refugee Women

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Wachiaya in Nairobi, Kenya and Yonna Tukundane in Nakivale, Uganda*

Congolese rights activist Sabuni Francoise Chikunda is the regional winner for Africa for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her work with fellow refugees in Uganda.  |  Français

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Activist Sabuni Francoise Chikunda has touched many lives in the three years since she arrived at Uganda’s Nakivale refugee settlement.

21 September 2020 (UNHCR)* — To the children at the reception centre, the 49-year-old with a ready smile is a dedicated English teacher.

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20/09/2020

Why Are Indonesian Fishing Crews Dying?

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

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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

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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

, 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.

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