Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

10/12/2018

1 Person Is Forcibly Displaced Every 2 Seconds as a Result of Conflict or Persecution – Figures at a Glance

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Refugee Agency*

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Figures at a glanceThere are also an estimated 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.

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10/12/2018

Parliamentarians of the World, Unite!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Ayala*

9 December 2018 (Wall Street International)* – On October 29 and 30, 2018, the first World Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition was held in Madrid, organized by FAO and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) together with other institutions.
Fight against hunger and poverty
Fight against hunger and poverty | Photo from Wall Street International

200 parliamentarians from 80 countries met at the headquarters of the Spanish Senate for two days seeking to redouble the efforts of the international community to realize the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) of the UN 2030 agenda that seeks to achieve, within 12 years, a world free of hunger.

The meeting also addressed the problems that are causing overweight and obesity, which have been qualified by the WHO as a 21st century epidemic at global level, with devastating effects on people and threatening to raise the costs of public health budgets.

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10/12/2018

A UN Conference Undermined by 11th Hour Withdrawals

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 7 2018 (IPS)* When the long-awaited UN conference focusing on the rights and safety of migrants and refugees takes off in Morocco, it will be a rare, if not an unprecedented meeting, for one reason: the withdrawal of at least seven member states almost at the 59th minute of the eleventh hour.

Refugees from South Sudan. Credit: UNHCR/Will Swanson

As the international community struggles to resolve a spreading global humanitarian crisis, and restrict the intake of refugees and migrants, the approval of a “Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” is turning out to be a politically sensitive issue.

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09/12/2018

Every Year, One Trillion Dollars Are Paid in Bribes and Another 2.6 Trillion Are Stolen; All Due to Corruption – International Day

Human Wrongs Watch

Every year, trillions of dollars – equivalent to more than five percent of global GDP – are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption, the United Nations reported on the International Day which serves to highlight the pervasive crime, marked this Sunday 9 December 2018.

World Bank/Philip Schuler | Anti-corruption sign in Namibia. | Photo from UN News.

Secretary-General António Guterres deemed corruption “an assault on the values of the United Nations,” in a message on International Anti-Corruption Day, which is marked each 9 December.

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09/12/2018

Calling Time on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Environment is working with governments to collect internationally coherent data on fossil fuel subsidies that can help advance global efforts to address climate change.

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Photo by Alfred T. Palmer/Wikimedia.

7 December 2018 (UN Environment)* — Gone are the days when you could fill up your car gas tank with US$20. Yet, despite the steady increases, gas prices are still artificially low, keeping transportation and national production costs relatively contained and internationally competitive.

Unfortunately, this situation is deeply unsustainable, particularly if we are to seriously curb our CO2emissions, slow our impact on climate change and reduce air pollution.

Every year, governments spend between US$160 and US$400 billion as fossil fuel subsidies for the production and use of coal, oil and gas.

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09/12/2018

Growing Gap between Ambition and Action as the World Prepares for a Future with Increasing Climate Risks

Katowice (UN Environment)* While climate consciousness across the globe is on the rise, the fourth UN Environment Adaptation Gap Report released on 6 December 2018 has revealed a considerable gap between countries’ preparedness for climate change and the actual measures that should be put in place to prepare communities for a future of increasing climate risks.

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Photo from UN Environment.

The research particularly underscores a growing divide between the estimated annual costs of adaptation and the actual global investments in resilience measures, drawing a distinct connection between our adaptation to climate change and sustainable development that results in healthy communities and thriving economies.

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09/12/2018

On Track for Extinction – Can Humanity Survive?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

8 December 2018 (Wall Street International)* Anyone reading the scientific literature (or the progressive news outlets that truthfully report this literature) knows that homo sapiens sapiensis on the fast track to extinction, most likely some time between 2025 and 2040.
The Global Warming
The Global Warming | Image from Wall Street International
09/12/2018

Ahead of Key Migration Conference, Youth Recount Harrowing Journeys

Human Wrongs Watch

8 December 2018 – Paving the way to the key UN migration conference in Marrakech, Morocco, which it is hoped will agree new measures to make life safer and more dignified for people on the move, UN agencies held a series of side events to highlight the different aspects of migration, paying special attention to the most vulnerable, and the challenges they face on their often perilous journeys.

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UN Photo/Mark Garten | A scupltural figure representing a person on the move in the grounds of the Global Compact for Migration conference taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco. December 2018)
09/12/2018

UN Climate Conference: How to Help Countries Tackle Large-Scale Displacement Caused by Climate Change, Including Water Scarcity, Floods, Storms and Rising Sea Levels

Human Wrongs Watch

8 December 2018 – As hundreds of decision-makers are gathering in Marrakech to agree new standards for global migration, the UN climate change conference ‘COP24’ is looking at concrete ways to help countries tackle large-scale displacement caused by the impacts of climate change including water scarcity, flooding, storms and rising sea levels. 

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UNICEF/Marco Dormino | Huriccane Tomas Floods Streets of Gonaives, Haiti
08/12/2018

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th Anniversary, ‘a Chance to Remind the World that the Human Rights of Millions Are Still Being Violated on a Daily Basis’

Human Wrongs Watch

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights reaches its 70th anniversary on Monday [10 December 2018], a chance to highlight the many important breakthroughs brought about by the landmark UN document, and to remind the world that the human rights of millions are still being violated on a daily basis.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Special Event: Recreation of photo of children with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to commemorate the declaration’s 70th anniversary.

Thanks to the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, untold human suffering prevented and the foundations for a most just world have been laid.

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