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Greenhouse Gases Are Depriving Our Oceans of Oxygen

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10 April 2019 (UN Environment)*Marine biologists will tell you that fish species such as tuna and swordfish, known as the deep-water divers of the ocean for hunting at depths of 200 metres, are today repeatedly coming to surface view.



10 April 2019 (UN Environment)* — Marine biologists will tell you that fish species such as tuna and swordfish, known as the deep-water divers of the ocean for hunting at depths of 200 metres, are today repeatedly coming to surface view.

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‘Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity’ Will Be Squandered Unless Social, Economic, Environmental Challenges Are Met’ – UN Youth Forum

Unless the world faces its “social, economic and environmental challenges head-on”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday [9 April 2019], the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will not be met.*

UN Social Media Team | WHO China Ambassador Yiyang Qianxi attends 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum.
Addressing the final plenary of the UN Youth Forum, he warned that “the once-in-a-generation opportunity we have to end poverty and bring lasting prosperity for all on a healthy planet, will have been squandered”.

“Never Seen Such Toxicity, Such Poisonous Language in Politics, Media and Social Media” Directed Towards Refugees, Migrants and Foreigners

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In a heartfelt briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday [9 April 2019], Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has said that, during his three and a half decades as an international civil servant, he has “never seen such toxicity, such poisonous language in politics, media and social media,” directed towards refugees, migrants and foreigners.

© UNICEF/UN0247721/Arcos | Colombian customs post at Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia. The UN refugee chief has condemned the toxic language focused on refugees and mingrants

Peace Journalism

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By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Peace Journalism: Our task is to promote inclusion in negotiations held in good faith.


Peace journalism has two primary tasks: to make creative proposals for the settlement of conflicts and to work for broad inclusion of parties for negotiations held in good faith.

Our first task is creativity because those involved in armed conflicts usually focus on narrow possibilities and options.

In practice “all options are not on the table”.  There is usually in the minds of the chief protagonists a rather narrow set of options, of which “kill them” is high on the list.

As George Russell writing under the pen name of A.E. wrote in The Peacemakers:

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We’re Gobbling Up the Earth’s Resources at an Unsustainable Rate

3 April 2019 (UN Environment)*George Monbiot, a correspondent for Britain’s The Guardian newspaper and known for his environmental and political activism, has made a surprising call for people in the United Kingdom to cut the use of cars by 90 per cent over the next decade.


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Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Many will balk at this idea but it is perhaps sounding somewhat less bizarre after the release by the United Nations of a new report which paints a scary picture of the rate at which we are gobbling up the Earth’s resources.

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Latin American Humanist Forum – ‘The Small Media Dispute Is a Cultural Dispute’

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By Juana Pérez Montero*

Pía Figueroa, co-director of Pressenza and member of the organizing team of the Latin American Humanist Forum that will take place in Santiago de Chile from 10 to 12 May, answers our questions about the meaning of the Forum and of the Network on Communication and Nonviolent Media that she coordinates together with other colleagues. | Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek

LHF2019: ‘The small  media dispute is a cultural dispute’, according to Pía Figueroa

Pía Figueroa

MADRID, 6 April 2019 (Pressenza)* — “We seek to give form -in process- to a social fabric empowered by the strength of the whole,’ according to Figueroa.

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Colombia: Indigenous Minga Scores Initial Deal with Duque Gov’t

Protesters will unblock the roads temporarily, waiting for President Duque to arrive in the Cauca valley.


. A meeting of Colombian indigenous peoples and farmers in Cauca valley, April 5, 2019. | Photo: Twitter / @CRIC_Cauca


Better Sewage Treatment Critical for Human Health and Ecosystems

World Health Day on 7 April is a reminder that effective wastewater management and sanitation systems are vital for human health.

World Water Day 5 The Ganges - wikimedia

India’s sacred – and most polluted–river, The Ganges. Photo by Wikimedia.

5 April 2019 (UN Environment)* — The volume of sewage in the world is set to rise in line with population growth. Furthermore, the growth in global wealth means our wastewater, including sewage, contains increasing amounts of dangerous chemicals, toxic substances and the debris associated with modern consumer lifestyles.

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Universal Health Coverage – Key Facts

  • At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.
  • About 100 million people are still being pushed into extreme poverty (defined as living on 1.90 USD or less a day) because they have to pay for health care.
  • Over 800 million people (almost 12% of the world’s population) spent at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for health care.
  • All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

What is universal health coverage (UHC)?

7 April 2019 (WHO)* — UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

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Uneven Access to Health Services Drives Life Expectancy Gaps: WHO

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  • Where women can access health services, maternal deaths decrease, lengthening women’s life expectancy. 
  • In many circumstances, men access health care less than women.
  • Men are much more likely to die from preventable and treatable noncommunicable diseases and road traffic accidents.
  • 18.1-year gap in life expectancy between poorest and richest countries.

4 April 2019 (WHO)* — Women outlive men everywhere in the world – particularly in wealthy countries. The World Health Statistics 2019 – disaggregated by sex for the first time – explains why.

“Breaking down data by age, sex and income group is vital for understanding who is being left behind and why,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

“Behind every number in the World Health Statistics is a person, a family, a community or a nation. Our task is to use these data to make evidence-based policy decisions that move us closer to a healthier, safer, fairer world for everyone.”

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