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26/06/2022

Carbon Neutrality: Utopia or the New Green Wave?

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New FAO/EBRD report shows pathways for decarbonizing agrifood systems

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The EBRD and FAO believe that a new green wave – via investment, research, commitment, action – can radically transform agrifood systems and move the needle towards a low-carbon future.©FAO/Sonia Malpeso

Rome/London, 22 June 2022 (FAO)* – A new report from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), provides a comprehensive look at decarbonizing agrifood systems, which is necessary and achievable.

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26/06/2022

Around the Globe, as the Climate Crisis Worsens, Droughts Set In

(By UNEP)* — As Riziki Bwanake walks along the Tana River Delta, the dry, dusty earth crunches beneath her feet. This part of eastern Kenya was once lush, home to a rich expanse of mangroves and an abundance of fish.

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But the sheer weight of the human demands on this fragile ecosystem, exacerbated by a devastating drought, has left the delta parched. Bwanake, and others in her community are trying to change that, working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to plant 100,000 native trees. Their goal: stem the tide of desertification and turn the land from brown into green.

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26/06/2022

Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came from Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR

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(By UN News)* — Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank – not indiscriminate Palestinian firing – the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday [24 June 2022].

Al Jazeera | Veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh spent a quarter century covering life under Israeli military rule.

Ms. Akleh – an experienced television journalist familiar with reporting in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – was killed on 11 May, as she attempted to report on an arrest operation by Israeli Security Forces and clashes in Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank.

‘Deeply disturbing’

“More than six weeks after the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and injury of her colleague Ali Sammoudi in Jenin on 11 May 2022, it is deeply disturbing that Israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

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25/06/2022

Nuclear-Armed Powers Squander $156.000 Per Minute on Their MAD Policy

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With more than 13,000 nuclear weapons still held across the globe, “the once unthinkable prospect of nuclear conflict is now back within the realm of possibility.”

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According to their MAD doctrine a full-scale use of nuclear weapons by an attacker on a nuclear-armed defender, with second-strike capabilities, would cause the complete annihilation of both the attacker and the defender. In short: destruction.

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25/06/2022

Horror Behind Closed Doors of Polish Residential Institution

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Women and Girls with Intellectual Disabilities Beaten, Tied, and Locked in Caged Bed

“My child’s nightmare lasted around a year and a half. She was beaten and locked in a caged bed, sometimes for the entire day or even two days.”

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Women hold banners during a Supermothers Day protest in Warsaw on May 26, 2018. © 2018 Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

This is how a mother described the ordeal her daughter Kasia (pseudonym) went through in a residential institution for girls and women with intellectual disabilities in Jordanów, a small town in southern Poland.

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25/06/2022

Sexual Violence in Conflict: Overlooked, Under-reported and in Danger of Being “Normalized”

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UNITED NATIONS, New York, 19 June 2022 (UNFPA)* – As militants boasted about how they would divide the girls among themselves, Khetam*, a Syrian refugee in Iraq, feared for her life. “Two commanders had chosen me and my friend as their brides,” she recalled to UNFPA. The so-called “marriage” would mean rape and control for as long as the militants desired.

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Sexual violence in conflict: Overlooked, under-reported and in danger of being “normalized”
Accompanied by a mobile medical team, a UNFPA health care worker carries out regular visits to Homs, Syria. © UNFPA Syria
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“When we objected that we were too young to wed, they beat us and tortured us for most of that night, until we had no choice but to relent.”

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25/06/2022

Forced Displacement Hit Record High in 2021 with Too Few Able to Go Home

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The number of people forced to flee violence, war and persecution, is outpacing the available solutions. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Nine-year-old Fauzia* and her three-year-old sister Aseela* in their temporary accommodation in Kabul. *Names have been changed.

Two internally displaced sisters from Jalalabad pictured in their temporary accommodation in Kabul, Afghanistan. © UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

GENEVA (UNHCR)* – The number of people displaced by conflict, violence, persecution and human rights abuses rose for the tenth straight year in 2021 to reach the highest level since records began, according to the latest Global Trends report released on 16 June 2022 by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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25/06/2022

Inside the Push to Eliminate Lead from Paint

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22 June 2022 (UNEP)* — While many use paint to cover the blemishes on their walls, each coat they apply could end up leaving a stain on the planet. Despite legally binding controls in 87 countries, lead is still commonly used in paint, and experts warn that it’s time to stop brushing aside the hazardous chemical’s human and environmental health impacts.

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Every year, an estimated 900,000 people die from lead exposure. Lead exposure can also result in increased risk of antisocial behavior, cardiovascular disease and reduced fertility.

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24/06/2022

UN Agencies Rush to Aid Afghanistan Following Deadly Quake

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(UN News)* — The UN and partners have rushed to support Afghanistan following a devastating earthquake that hit two provinces in the east of the country early on Wednesday [22 June 2022] morning.

WHO Afghanistan | WHO teams are supporting local health workers in saving lives and taking care of people affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan.

At least 1,000 people have been killed, according to media reports, and numbers are expected to rise.  Nearly 2,000 homes reportedly were also destroyed and scores of people displaced.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was saddened to learn about the tragic loss of life, noting that Afghans were already reeling from the impact of years of conflict, economic hardship and hunger.

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24/06/2022

Global Hunger Crisis Pushing One Child Per Minute into Severe Malnutrition

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(UN News)* — Because of the global hunger crisis, every single minute, one child is pushed into life-threatening, severe malnutrition.

© UNICEF/Ismail Taxta | A one-year-old boy suffering from severe malnutrition gets his upper arm circumference measured at a hospital in Dolow, Ethiopia.

That’s the alarming message on Thursday [23 June 2022] from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, which issued the alert for 15 countries in crisis where the situation is worsening.

UNICEF has called for $1.2 billion to meet urgent needs of eight million children at risk of death from severe wasting, in 15 mainly African nations, such as Burkina Faso, Chad, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, but also Afghanistan and Haiti.

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