Archive for ‘Middle East’

20/04/2018

7 Things You Can Do to Create a Plastic-Free Future

Kilninian Beach Clean-up Activity on Mull Island in Scotland © Will Rose / Greenpeace

Pupils help Greenpeace and MCS clean a beach on the Isle of Mull, UK © Will Rose / Greenpeace

Now we’re taking the next big step. We’re setting an ambitious new goal: A Million Acts of Blue.

What is an Act of Blue?

An Act of Blue is any action that helps to stop single-use plastic from being created in the first place.

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20/04/2018

LINK IT — A New UN Project to Boost Integration of Syrian Refugees in Europe

Human Wrongs Watch

Bucharest (IOM)* – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is today (19/04/2018) kicking off an innovative multi-country project to provide resettled refugees with the building blocks to start their new life in Europe. 

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Skills profiling tool for refugees resettled to the UK, Germany, Portugal or Romania. | IOM

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Initially targeting 500 Syrian refugees, the LINK IT project aims to link pre-departure and post-arrival support to facilitate the social and economic integration of resettled refugees in four European countries: the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and Romania.

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20/04/2018

New Global Measures to Stop the Spread of Plant Pests Through Trade

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome, 18 April 2018 (FAO)* – The body charged with keeping global trade in plants and plant products safe has adopted several new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally.

Photo: Washington State Department of Agriculture (https://agr.wa.gov/plantsinsects/insectpests/gypsymoth/gm101/identification.aspx)

A male Gypsy Moth, a voracious tree pest capable of defoliating millions of acres of forest in a single year. |Source:  FAO.

The standardized norms developed by the International  Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) cover a range of strategies and techniques used to prevent the introduction and spread of plant diseases and pests to new environments, thereby avoiding their often-devastating impacts on biodiversity, food security and trade.

20/04/2018

Mosquito-Packed Drones Ready to Join Fight against Zika, Other Deadly Diseases – UN 

Human Wrongs Watch

Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency on 19 April 2018 said after a successful test releasing sterile mosquitos from aerial drones as part of efforts to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases.  

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N. Culbert/IAEA | ROMEO, a customized drone, soars through the sky to help control disease-carrying mosquitoes to save lives. | Source: UN News Centre
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The drone-based mechanism overcomes a critical bottleneck in the application of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to control insect pests, said the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which developed the system in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the non-profit group WeRobotics.
19/04/2018

‘World Economy Showing Broad-Based Momentum, But There May Be Choppy Seas Ahead, Caused by Increasing Protectionism or Tit-For-Tat Trade Wars’

Human Wrongs Watch

While the world economy continues to show broad-based momentum, a new report released on 17 April 2018 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is warning that there may be choppy seas ahead, caused by increasing protectionism or tit-for-tat trade wars.

Dominic Sansoni/World Bank | Quay cranes on docks in Sri Lanka. The global economy is critically dependent on the international merchant fleet of carriers and tankers to keep commodities moving swiftly, safely and efficiently. ” Source: UN News Centre
“Global growth is projected to soften beyond the next couple of years,” said the report, explaining that: “Once their output gaps close, most advanced economies are poised to return to potential growth rates well below pre-crisis averages – held back by aging populations and lackluster productivity.”

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19/04/2018

Migrants Making ‘Terrorist Confessions’ to Avoid Deportation from Germany

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**Photo: Police intercepts refugees and potential illegal immigrants at Munich Central Station | Wikiolo | derivative work: MagentaGreen | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. 

More than 450 asylum seekers in the cities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe in the southwest state of Baden Wurttemberg have declared an affiliation with terrorist groups since the start of 2017.

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19/04/2018

207 Child Soldiers in South Sudan Released as Part of UNICEF-Facilitated Plan

Human Wrongs Watch

UNICEF/Rich | Firearms laid down by child soldiers associated with armed groups in South Sudan. The formal discharge ceremony saw the release of 207 child soldiers, some of whom are in the background.
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The move, facilitated by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), follows the release of 300 children by armed groups in early February.

“No child should ever have to pick up a weapon and fight” said Mahimbo Mdoe, the head of UNICEF programmes in the country. “For every child released, today [18 April 2018] marks the start of a new life,” he said.

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19/04/2018

Four Indigenous Women Who Are Claiming their Space

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Photos: UN Women/Ryan Brown

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As more than 1,000 indigenous representatives come together in New York for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, this year focusing on the theme “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”, we’re highlighting some of the groundbreaking women activists from indigenous communities around the world.

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19/04/2018

Global Plan to Strengthen Protection of Internally Displaced Persons

Human Wrongs Watch

18 April 2018 — With multiple crises forcing millions of people away from their homes, United Nations agencies, Governments and partners have launched a set of measures to strengthen protection of internally displaced persons as well as find solutions to address their problems.

UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam | Displaced persons, mostly women and children, seek refuge at a safe zone in Um Baru, north Darfur. By the end of 2016, conflict and rights abuses displaced over 40 million globally. The same year, disasters forced another 24 million from their homes.
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“Addressing the protection needs of the forcibly displaced and seeking solutions to their plight contribute to greater stability for countries and whole regions,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in a news release announcing the three-year Plan of Action.

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19/04/2018

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Calls on Israel to Halt Demolition of Palestinian Structures, Cease Plans to Relocate Palestinian Bedouin Communities

Human Wrongs Watch

A senior United Nations humanitarian official on 18 April 2018 called on Israeli authorities to halt plans to demolish Palestinian-owned structures and cease plans for the relocation of Palestinian Bedouin communities in the West Bank.

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UNRWA/Alaa Ghosheh | Many Bedouin and herding communities in Area C of the West Bank are prevented from improving or building shelters by the Israeli authorities.(file)
“We are monitoring the situation in Khan al Ahmar closely and are deeply concerned by what we see here, and in the scores of other vulnerable Bedouin communities,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick said.
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