Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

21/09/2018

Globally, Youth Are the Largest Poverty-Stricken Group – New UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

Half of all people living in poverty are younger than 18 years old, according to estimates from a new report released on 20 September 2018 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners.

UNDP/S. Omer Sadaat | Children in Shade Bara village, Herat province, Afghanistan.

 

The new figures in the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) show that in 104 primarily low- and middle-income countries, 662 million children are considered poor according to multiple different indicators. In 35 of these countries.

Children account for at least 50 per cent of the total.

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20/09/2018

How Climate Change Will Affect Global Trade in Food

Human Wrongs Watch

Open, predictable and fair global food markets can help strengthen climate change response efforts and contribute to fighting hunger, says new report.

small_report-coverROME, 17 September 2018 (FAO)* – With climate change poised to alter significantly the ability of many world regions to produce food, it is expected that international trade in agricultural products will have an increasingly important contribution to feeding the planet and responding to climate-related hunger flare-ups, says a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

International trade rules established under the auspices of the WTO and newer mechanisms created under the Paris Agreement aimed at responding to climate change can be mutually supportive, argues The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets, 2018.

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20/09/2018

Indigenous Peoples ‘Lag Behind on All Social and Economic indicators’ 

Progress that destroys traditional culture, language, land and human heritage “is not development, but willful destruction”, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on 19 September 2018 said, in defence of indigenous peoples everywhere.

 

World Bank/Yosef Hadar | Indigenous woman looks out of window. Brazil. | Photo from UN News.

Kate Gilmore’s comments were followed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, who expressed concern at a “drastic increase” in attacks against indigenous peoples, and efforts to criminalize them.

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19/09/2018

Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era

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By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate | The Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Inventing a foe to sell military ambitions: still the most dangerous of games.

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In examining the future, we must look to the past.

As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full faith that our government is keeping us safe from the unknown.

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19/09/2018

Kofi Annan, the Last UN Secretary-General Who Paid for His Independence

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 13 September  2018 (Other News)This testimony to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, comes a month after his death. Much has already been written, and it is now superfluous to recall his efforts for peace and international cooperation. It is better to place his figure in a crucial context: how the great powers progressively reduced the figure of the UN Secretary-General and charged a high price from those who tried to keep the system’s independence.

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Roberto Savio

First of all, it must be remembered that the United Nations was born – to a considerable extent – due to the strong propulsive drive of the United States.

The United States, the great winners of the Second World War [with 416,800 soldiers and 1,700 civilians dead, compared with over 20 million Soviet Union soldiers and civilians], wanted to avoid the recurrence of a new world conflict.

It therefore sought the construction of a multilateral system, able to maintain – through peace in a ruined world – its economic and military hegemony intact.

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19/09/2018

Tribalism

Human Wrongs Watch 

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Can we abolish war?

In the long run, because of the terrible weapons that already have been produced through the misuse of science, and because of the even more terrible weapons that are likely to be invented in the future, the only way in which we can ensure the survival of human civilization is to abolish the institution of war.

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John Scales Avery

But is this possible? Or are the emotions that make war possible so much a part of human nature that we cannot stop humans from fighting any more than we can stop cats and dogs from fighting?

Can biological science throw any light on the problem of why our supposedly rational species seems intent on choosing war, pain and death instead of peace, happiness and life? Do tribal emotions make us easy victims for the neofascist politicians who serve the military-industrial complex?

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19/09/2018

Bring the United Nations Closer to the People, Urges Assembly President 

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The new session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on 18 September 2018 with its President pledging to use her year in office to bring the world body closer to the people and strengthen their sense of ownership and support for the UN.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe | María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, speaks at the session’s first plenary meeting.

In her first keynote address to what is the 73rd session of the 193-member General Assembly, President María Fernanda Espinosa, said that the need for stronger global leadership in the service of multilateralism, to ensure more peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies, would underpin her work.

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17/09/2018

The Road to Restoration: Cuba’s Modern Farming Revolution

17 September 2018 (UN Environment)*With its tropical beaches and rolling hills, spotted with tobacco plantations and pine forest, Cuba might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of degraded land. But behind the tourist idyll lies a grimmer reality.

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Jean-Marc Astesana | A new generation of farmers brings productivity back to Cuba’s landscape | Photo from UN Environment.

Today, some 14 per cent of the island nation’s productive lands are affected by drought and desertification, while over three-quarters of its 6.6 million hectares of arable land is affected by soil erosion.

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17/09/2018

More than 65 Million ‘Low-Carbon Jobs’ Can Be Created by 2030: UN-Backed Climate Summit Urges Action ‘to the Next Level’

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16 September 2018 – New UN-backed commitments to take action against the damaging effects of climate change, could result in $26 trillion in economic benefits worldwide, and help create 65 million new “low-carbon jobs” by 2030 – the deadline for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNFCCC | Patricia Espinosa (centre, background), UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, briefs the media in Bangkok in September 2018.
16/09/2018

Global Review of Climate Action Finds Surging Momentum, Shifting Burden, Missed Opportunities

NAIROBI, (UN Environment)* – A new accounting of global climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions finds a broad spectrum of commitments from non-state and subnational actors with potential to support and ultimately outpace governments in their emissions reductions. 
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