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16/01/2019

‘Many Countries Are Failing to Protect and Promote the Interests of All Their People – Despite Pledging to Do So in 2016’

Many countries are failing to protect and promote the interests of all their people – despite pledging to do so in 2016 – the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday [16 January 2019].

© UNICEF/UNI154440/Pirozzi | Children walking in a Roma community in the town of Shumen, Northern Bulgaria (2013)
In a special meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to review progress on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, Michelle Bachelet insisted that “overall, we are not on track” to meet its ambitious aims:
16/01/2019

Nobel Peace Prize 2019 – Nomination info in English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish – Deadline: 31 January

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fredrik S. Heffermehl | Nobel Peace Prize Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Please use our attached information on the 2019 Nobel Prize; for your convenience in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.

Translated Versions Below

The official reluctance to discussing disarmament is massive – the beauty of the Nobel Peace Prize is that it is based on a testament – and promotion of disarmament is a legal obligation for the Norwegian awarders.

General disarmament would end enormous suffering and waste, free astronomic funds, reduce waste of precious resources, reduce pollution, offer major relief to the climate, improve human rights, democracy, the plight of women, children. In short, improve security and prosperity to people everywhere on the planet.

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16/01/2019

‘Historic’ Moment: Palestine Takes Reins of UN Coalition of Developing Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

Acknowledging “a long road ahead” on the United Nations ambitious agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Tuesday [15 January 2019] “the historic leadership of the state of Palestine” as the new Chair of the Group of 77’s (G77).

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77, from the Arab Republic of Egypt to the State of Palestine

“Palestine and its citizens have first-hand experience of some of the most challenging and dramatic global issues we face” said Mr. Guterres in his remarks at the annual ceremony for handover of the rotating Chairmanship of the G77.

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16/01/2019

Migration Surge Leaves Children Stranded, Begging on Djibouti’s Streets

Human Wrongs Watch

Begging, scrubbing cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization Migration (IOM) on Tuesday [15 January 2019].  

Muse Mohammed/IOM | Accoring to the UN migration agency (IOM), thousands of children are living on the streets of Djibout City. Here. Ethiopian migrant youth wake up on the beach outside the Horn of Africa country’s teeming capital.

Conducted in Djibouti City, the country’s capital where most of the street children live, the survey enumerated the minors to understand how and why they end up on the streets while also identifying their priority problems.

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15/01/2019

Thousands of Syrians in ‘Life and Death’ Struggle amid Harsh Conditions in Remote Desert Camp

Human Wrongs Watch

Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, United Nations officials warned on 15 January 2019, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.

WFP | Pictured here, children at Rukban settlement in Syria. (file photo)
The development comes as the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pederson, arrived in Damascus, for his first meeting with the Government, since taking over from veteran UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura.
14/01/2019

World ‘Not Yet on Track’ to Ensure Children a Better Future — UN Human Rights Chief

Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday [14 January 2019].

@ 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 her opening address to the 80th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, in Geneva – which reviews the records of Member States according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the High Commissioner noted that 2019 marked the pact’s 30th anniversary, and that it was “by far the most widely ratified human rights treaty”.

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14/01/2019

From Fish to Farms to Food Waste: Five Publications that Need to Be on Your 2019 Reading List

Human Wrongs Watch


(FAO)* — 2018 has already come to a close and we all know we have left some things undone. As you plan your New Year’s resolutions, here are 5 reasons you should add these FAO publications to your reading list! *

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1. Because reducing food waste is a good personal resolution

Food loss and waste and the right to adequate food: Every year, one-third of all food produced is lost or wasted across the globe. This is particularly devastating as 821 million people are still going hungry.

This publication makes the connection between food loss and waste and the human right to adequate food. It focuses on the need to develop sustainable global consumption and production systems.

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14/01/2019

Nominate a True Nobel «Champion of a Global Peace Order and Disarmament»

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fredrik S. Heffermehl | Nobel Peace Prize Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service*

nobel-peace-logo-e1506853620930Nobel Peace Prize 2019 – Nomination Deadline: January 31

Nobel Peace Prize Watch is assisting the nomination of qualified candidates and helping a (reticent) Norwegian Nobel Committee refocus on winners that meet Nobel´s intention, to support contemporary ideas of “creating the brotherhood of nations”, a global cooperation on the abolition of arms and military forces.

The Norwegian Nobel awarders need your guidance to be loyal to Nobel´s original idea when this issue was discussed in the Norwegian Parliament last December 167 delegates rejected the idea – only two MPs voted for making knowledge of and respect for Nobel´s peace idea a condition for eligibility to the five-member Nobel peace prize committee.

Please act on the letter from Nobel Peace Prize Watch, share, comment, reprint and spread in newsletter, – and make a nomination and/or encourage others to do so.

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13/01/2019

Superhero ‘Cipta’ to Help UNICEF End Violence in Schools

17-year-old Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli from Indonesia creates new character to win global comic contest.

 Rajwa, also known as Cipta, is a 15-year-old who can turn her drawings into real-life objects and control them to stop school violence.
UNICEF/UN0258317/ Rajwa, also known as Cipta, is a 15-year-old who can turn her drawings into real-life objects and control them to stop school violence.

JAKARTA/NEW YORK, 10 January 2019 (UNICEF)* – Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli, a 17-year-old student from Makassar, Indonesia, has won the UNICEF and Comics Uniting Nations’ worldwide comic contest with a character who helps keep children and young people safe from violence in and around schools.

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12/01/2019

Is Haiti Better Prepared for Disasters, 9 Years on from the 2010 Earthquake?

Human Wrongs Watch

12 January 2019 — Half a capital city destroyed, 220,000 reported dead and 1 million residents displaced. This was the toll of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which struck on 12 January, 9 years ago.

MINUJUSTH/Leonora Baumann | An aerial view of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.

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Staff at the UN Mission in Haiti were also affected, and there were 102 UN casualties, including the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Hédi Annabi and his deputy, Luiz Carlos da Costa.

It was the “biggest single loss of life in the history of UN Peacekeeping,” the then-President of the UN Staff Union, Stephen Kisambira, said at the time.

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