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20/02/2020

Raise Your Voice on Social Justice Day

Human Wrongs Watch

If the future is going to work for everyone, it will mean putting people and planet first. But how? Tell policymakers what you think!

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20 February 2020 (ILO)* — On Social Justice Day 2020  the ILO is asking you why the future of work should put people and planet first?
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The ILO believes the only way we are going to achieve social justice, tackle inequality, reduce poverty and address climate change, is if we put people and planet first.
20/02/2020

Malnutrition, Disease, Floods, Droughts and Displacement in Niger Put 3 Million People, Half of Them Children, in Need of Humanitarian Assistance – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF on 19 February 2020 said, calling for increased attention to their plight.

©UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau| Nearly three million people in Niger, of whom more than half are children, need humanitarian assistance.
Exacerbated by instability in the region that has led to an influx of thousands of refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons and migrants, simultaneous emergencies are stretching the capacities of humanitarian partners to respond.
20/02/2020

‘Not a Single Country’ Does Enough to Help Children Flourish: Health Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

19 February 2020 (UN News)* — The world’s survival depends on children being able to flourish, but no country is doing enough to give them a sustainable future, dozens of highly respected international health experts on 19 February 2020.

© UNICEF/Sebastian Rich | Five-year-old Kiara makes a sale in a commuter train car in Buenos Aires, the capital. She has been working in the Subte, the city’s mass transit system, selling hairpins and other cheap goods, since she was three years old.

In a UN-backed report assessing the capacity of 180 countries to ensure that their youngsters can survive and thrive, the authors highlight numerous “immediate” threats to their health, environment and opportunities.

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19/02/2020

Unusual Weather and Climate Conditions, Including Heavy Rains, Contribute to a Serious Desert Locust Outbreak, Threatening Rural Food Security and Livelihoods across East Africa

March to May is the main cropping season for many countries in Eastern Africa (most of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, southern South Sudan, southern Ethiopia and southern Somalia).

The swarms of locusts, which have now spread to eight countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea), have been laying eggs along their migratory paths. The eggs are expected to hatch between March and April, posing serious risks to the upcoming cropping season.

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19/02/2020

World Failing to Provide Children with a Healthy Life and a Climate Fit for Their Future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission presses for radical rethink on child health

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New York / London / Geneva (WHO)*No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today [19 February 2020] by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world.

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19/02/2020

Animal Culture Linked to Conservation for the First Time

Human Wrongs Watch

Measures Proposed for the Sperm Whale and the Nut-Cracking Chimpanzee at UN Wildlife Conference

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Gandhinagar, 19 February 2020 (CMS)* – Animal culture, the learning of non-human species through socially transmitted behaviours, is being linked to conservation action for the first time at CMS COP13.
19/02/2020

Lives in Engineering

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

17 February  2020 (Wall Street International)* — At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is an indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun's radiation
Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun’s radiation | Image from Wall Street International.
19/02/2020

As Planet Burns, One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis– pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

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Ice caps are melting, he said, In Greenland alone, 179 billion tonnes of ice melted in July. Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing 70 years ahead of projections. Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago.

“Ocean levels are rising quicker than expected, putting some of our biggest and most economically important cities at risk.

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18/02/2020

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

Human Wrongs Watch

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its forecasts at the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting in Davos.

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Although the IMF revised its global economic growth prognosis slightly downwards from its October 2019 forecast, it still offers the most optimistic prospect of 3.3% growth in 2020.

The World Bank’s forecast of 2.5% – identical to the United Nations (UN) estimate – is the lowest, with the OECD’s at 2.9%.

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18/02/2020

Protecting Migratory Species in a Rapidly Changing World

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India, on Monday [17 February 2020].

World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their 3,000 mile journey from the United States and Canada to winter in several locations, including biosphere reserves, in Mexico.
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