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14/02/2019

Measles Cases Nearly Doubled in a Year amid Rising Severe and Protracted Outbreaks All Over the Planet – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday [14 February 2019].

© UNICEF/UN0201055/Krepkih | Dana, 1.3, held by her mother Inna, doesn’t cry while being administered her first dose of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine on 4 April 2018 in Children’s Policlinic №1 in Obolon district, Kyiv, Ukraine.
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The appeal to Member States to close gaps in vaccine coverage follows the previously announced news that an estimated 110,000 people died from the highly infectious but easily preventable disease in 2017.
14/02/2019

How Devastating Is Climate Change for World Peace and Security?

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2019 (IPS)* When the Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, met last month to discuss the growing new threats to world peace and security, the discussion veered away from international terrorism, nuclear Armageddon and the rash of ongoing military conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
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Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change

And 83 of the 193 member states remained collectively focused on one of the greatest impending dangers to humanity: the devastation that could be triggered by climate change.

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14/02/2019

Love Is Not for Sale

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roald Høvring*

8 February 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)* —  Valentine’s Day is the day that commercial interests try to convince you that you can buy love. The gloomy reality for many girls who have been forced to flee from their homes is that they themselves are the product, and love has been replaced with force.
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LEBANON: These are wedding dresses from Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Here, almost no one celebrates Valentine’s Day. It’s been unofficially cancelled. Here, Syrian refugee girls right down to the age of 13 are married off. Parents want what is best for their girls, but the outcome is often the opposite. Child marriage is a global phenomenon, but when families are forced to flee their homes, many young girls are forced to marry at a young age. Photo: AP/Reem Saad/NTB Scanpix | Photo from the Norwegian Refugee Council.

14/02/2019

Amid Peace Talks, ‘Afghans Continue to Be Attacked, Abused, Displaced and Refused Their Rights. Almost Two-Thirds of the Population – 17 Million People – Live in Areas Directly Affected by Conflict’

13 February 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*The first weeks of 2019 have seen large numbers of civilians displaced by intensified conflict across the Afghan countryside.
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NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland visiting internally displaced people in Afghanistan. NRC has assisted these families with cash assistance. Photo: Becky Bakr Abdulla/NRC
“Whilst international attention is focused on very welcome peace talks, I have in recent days met countless Afghan women, men and children who have fled air raids, cross-fire and military offensives in Central and Southern Afghanistan,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council who is currently visiting the country.
14/02/2019

Poor Working Conditions Are Main Global Employment Challenge

Human Wrongs Watch

Progress in reducing unemployment globally is not being matched by improvements in the quality of work, says the International Labour Organization’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 report.

© Wayne S. Grazio | Photo from ILO News
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GENEVA,  13 February 2019 (ILO)* – Poor quality employment is the main issue for global labour markets, with millions of people forced to accept inadequate working conditions, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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New data gathered for the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 (WESO) show that a majority of the 3.3 billion people employed globally in 2018 had inadequate economic security, material well-being and equality of opportunity.
13/02/2019

‘Radio Is the Mass Medium Reaching the Widest Audience in the world. It Is Also Recognized as a Powerful Communication Tool and a Low Cost Medium’

“On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium.

Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.

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13/02/2019

World Radio Day: “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”

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By Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO*

For this World Radio Day, we celebrate the unique, far-reaching power of radio to broaden our horizons and build more harmonious societies.

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Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Radio stations from major international networks to community broadcasters today remember the importance of radio in stimulating public debate, increasing civic engagement and inspiring mutual understanding, under the theme “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.

Since its invention – over a hundred years ago – radio has sparked new conversations and broadcast new ideas into people’s homes, villages, universities, hospitals and workplaces.

To this day, dialogue across the airwaves can offer an antidote to the negativity that sometimes seem to predominate online, which is why UNESCO works across the world to improve the plurality and diversity of radio stations.

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13/02/2019

‘Urgent Need’ to Stop Mali Violence with ‘Effective Military Response’ – UN Human Rights Expert

The state of human rights and security across Mali is a “cause of grave concern,” the independent UN rights expert for the northwest African nation said in a statement on Tuesday [12 February 2019], in which he called for an “effective military response” to end the violence and protect the civilian population.

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MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko | UNPOL patrol in the Menaka region in the far north-east of Mali. The region is experiencing increasing insecurity as a result of attacks by terrorist groups and armed bandits.
12/02/2019

Boat Made of Recycled Plastic and Flip-Flops Inspires Fight for Cleaner Seas along African Coast

UN Environment | The FlipFlopi dhow, a 9-metre traditional sailing boat made from 10 tonnes of discarded plastic, will be the first boat of its kind to launch a world expedition on 24 January, 2018.
The Flipflopi Project was co-founded by Kenyan tour operator Ben Morison in 2016, and the ground-breaking dhow was built by master craftsmen Ali Skanda, and a team of volunteers using 10,000 tonnes of recycled plastic. The boat gets its name from the 30,000 recycled flip-flops used to decorate its multi-coloured hull.
12/02/2019

‘Each Year, Food Contaminated with Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, Toxins or Chemicals Cause over 600 Million People to Fall Ill, and 420,000 to Die Worldwide’

Each year, food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals cause more than 600 million people to fall ill, and 420,000 to die worldwide, prompting a call from world leaders on Tuesday [12 February 2019]for greater international cooperation to make the food chain safer.*
World Bank/Arne Hoel | Tomato stand in market near Ramallah’s main mosque. | Photo from UN News.
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On Tuesday [12 February 2019], the First International Food Safety Conference, in Addis Ababa – organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) World Trade Organization (WTO) and the African Union (AU) – shone a light on the need to root out dangerous food, which is also hampering progress towards sustainable development everywhere.
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