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24/01/2021

Remembrance Forests in Brazil: 200,000 Trees for 200,000 COVID-19 Victims

Human Wrongs Watch

21 January 2021 (UNEP)* — As Brazil grapples with the COVID-19 crisis and rising rates of deforestation, some are fighting back to restore the natural environment while honouring the memory of their lost loved ones.

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Photo: RBMA / 18 Jan 2021

Bereaved families and civil society organizations, with the support of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve and the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact, which include some of Brazil’s most respected restoration scientists, launched a tree-planting, wildlife conservation and restoration drive on 12 December 2020 to honour the memories of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and to thank health workers. The Pact is helping restoration efforts across 17 states in Brazil.

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24/01/2021

Broaden Your Knowledge of Food, Agriculture and Rural Development in 2021

Human Wrongs Watch

Let these six FAO e-learning courses shape a new you in this new year

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With e-learning, you can learn what you want, when and where you want – check out FAO’s courses for some inspiration! © JenJ_Payless /shutterstock.com

22 January 2021 (FAO)* —  2020 was a particular year, and one in which we spent more time online than ever. From virtual meetings to e-birthday parties, our participation in online activities soared – including internet learning. The benefits are many: you can study what you like, when you like, wherever you like. And if you are looking for new courses to get those brain synapses going, you should check out FAO’s extensive catalogue of online, completely free, courses!

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24/01/2021

Wage Theft: The Missing Middle in Exploitation of Migrant Workers

Human Wrongs Watch

By Benjamin Harkins*

Ensuring that migrants are paid properly for their work would do more good than anti-trafficking ever will.

Migrant workers in Kathmandu, Nepal. | Marcel Crozet/ILO/Flickr. Creative Commons (by-nc-nd).

21 January 2021 (openDemocracy)* —  Since the adoption of the UN Trafficking Protocol, most efforts to eliminate exploitation of migrant workers have focused on human trafficking. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on counter-trafficking initiatives, particularly on trainings to ‘raise awareness’, criminal investigation and prosecution, and shelter and ‘rehabilitation’ services.

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24/01/2021

Sahel Internal Displacement Tops 2 Million as Violence Surges

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By Moussa Bougma in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso*

Grim milestone reached in world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis as fighting uproots 11,400 within Burkina Faso. Español   |  Français

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Aguiratou Diallo (right) and her family pictured in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso. © UNHCR/Moussa Bougma

“They threatened to hurt us if we were still there when they returned the next day. Then they fired into the air to scare us,” said Aguiratou, whose husband was away at work at the time.

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24/01/2021

The School under a Bridge in New Delhi

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By Sébastien Farcis, French journalist based in New Delhi*

For the past nine years, Rajesh Kumar Sharma has been operating a makeshift school between two pillars of the aerial metro that runs across India’s capital. More than 200  children from the surrounding slums attend this open-air classroom every day.

A primary school student attends a Hindi class at the makeshift school under a bridge in New Delhi. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, who started the school, can be seen in the background, teaching other students. cou_04_19_wide_angle_inde_internet_site.jpg

(UNESCO)* — This school does not appear on any map. It does not have whole walls or a complete roof, let alone tables or chairs. Like the small street shops that keep the Indian capital alive, the “Free school under the bridge” has simply merged into New Delhi’s sprawling urban space. It nestles between the massive number five and number six pillars of the aerial metro of this megalopolis of over 20 million inhabitants.

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24/01/2021

The Microscopic Creatures Helping Build Africa’s Great Green Wall

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30-year-old Barkissa Fofana studies the relationship between acacia trees, and they way they interact with different fungi and bacteria, in the hope that it will help to explain how they resist drought. This kind of research is an important way to build resilience against climate change, and make land in the Sahel green and productive.
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Ms. Fofana’s work is part of Action Against Desertification (AAD), a programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has restored over 7,000 hectares in Burkina Faso. You can find out more about her projects, the impact of AAD, and the Great Green Wall initiative, here.
24/01/2021

Malnutrition Contributes to 45% of Deaths of Children under Age Five in Developing Countries, While Consumption of Highly Processed Foods Is Pushing Obesity Rates Ever Higher

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Serving up sustainable food

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Sheldon Cooper/ SOPA Images/Sipa USA via Reuters / 20 Jan 2021

22 January 2021 (UNEP)* — Along with a vow to return to exercise, upping personal intake of fruit and vegetables tops the list of New Year’s resolutions for many. But what if this year’s resolution didn’t end with the eating – and extended to reducing the amount of healthy, nutritious produce that gets trashed?

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23/01/2021

Martin Luther King: The Saint Honored by the Government That Shot Him in the Face … A “Forgotten” Extrajudicial Political Assassination [?]

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By Prof. Graeme MacQueen – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983. I do not wish to trivialize this accomplishment: it took great persistence by civil society groups and it had to conquer serious opposition. Yet what it has established is an indigestible paradox in the nation’s list of saints and heroes.

Recall that the jury in the 1999 civil trial examining the assassination reached a startling conclusion on December 8, 1999: US government agencies had conspired successfully to kill Dr. King.

Mainstream media carried little about this trial and verdict in 1999 and they persist in ignoring it to this day.

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23/01/2021

The System Isn’t Broken, ‘Davos Man’ Built It This Way. So Let’s Change It

Coronavirus shows vulnerabilities of the existing economic models that have to be challenged and turned into new thinking. To keep us safe and resilient we have to put people and nature beyond monetary profits. © Max Zielinski / Greenpeace

Due to Covid, the World Economic Forum will be virtual this January – and its elite audience will only meet in person in May – in Singapore. A symbolic move showing how geopolitics are shifting, especially as many countries in Asia deal so much more competently with Covid-19 than Europe or North America.

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23/01/2021

Solar Power Charges Pandemic Recovery for Indigenous Farmers in Viet Nam

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22 January 2021 (UNEP)* — Overcoming adversity has long been the stock in trade of Do Thi Phuong, a 42-year-old mother of two living in a small village in Viet Nam’s lush Lao Cai province. As the primary breadwinner in her family of six, Phuong is accustomed to being a rock for her family in hard times. Years ago, landslides wiped out all but four out of 42 household rice fields in the village, yet Phuong managed to provide.

But COVID-19 has tested her resolve like nothing else.

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REUTERS/Carlos Barria / 22 Jan 2021

Phuong’s village has traditionally been home to indigenous groups that farm the land. Many in the community raise chicken and pigs – each household maintains between 1,000-5,000 chickens, from which they derive their primary income.

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