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21/02/2020

A Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Aims at Reinforcing Efforts to Save World’s Ecosystem

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2020 (IPS)* – The UN’s highly-touted socio-economic agenda, which lays out an ambitious global plan for “people, planet and prosperity”, has been dominated by “goals, targets and deadlines.”

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Credit: IPBES

But regrettably, most developing nations are struggling to reach these goals—due largely to a shortfall in much-needed funding or lack of political will on the part of most governments.

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21/02/2020

An Indian Farming Biodiversity Success Story

18 February 2020 (UN Environment)*More than 90 per cent of rice is produced and consumed in Asia. Prior to the green revolution in the 1960s, India was home to more than 100,000 rice varieties, encompassing a stunning diversity in taste, nutrition, pest-resistance and, crucially in this age of climate change and natural disasters, adaptability to a range of conditions.

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Photo by RCDC

Today, much of this biodiversity is irretrievably lost, forced out by the quest for high-yield hybrids and varieties. Nevertheless, a significant number of traditional varieties of rice are still grown by small and marginal farmers across India, where they cater for local consumers’ quality preferences and market niches.

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21/02/2020

Simple Urine Test Could Improve Early Detection of Bladder Cancer – WHO Study

Human Wrongs Watch

20 February 2020 (UN News)*A new study conducted by researchers from the United Nations health agency revealed that bladder cancer mutations can be detected in urine up to 10 years before clinically diagnosing the disease.

© UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo | A nurse chats with a woman receiving chemotherapy in a hospital in Burera District, Rwanda.

The test is based on detecting mutations in the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene – a crucial element for cancer genesis and progression – the most common mutations in bladder cancer, according to the report conducted by the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and international partners.

The new evidence is detailed in an article published by The Lancet, which highlights the potential of early detection.

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21/02/2020

Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh – Alive, Struggling, Fighting and Uniting

Human Wrongs Watch

18 February 2020 (IWGIA)*  — The situation for Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh in many ways echoes the situation of other Indigenous Peoples in Asia: they face heavy militarization; they are stigmatized as anti-national for wanting to be included in decisions affecting their lives – such as industrial development taking place on their ancestral lands, lands which they depend on for their livelihood; and their lands are grabbed at the speed of light, and with their land goes a huge part of their identity. Indigenous women are targeted, and rape is used systematically as a weapon to suppress them. The misery seems to be unending. Yet they are still here; alive, struggling, fighting, uniting.

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20/02/2020

The International Organization for Migration Calls on World Community, Including EU, for Urgent Action to Find Alternatives to Disembarkation in Libya

Geneva (IOM)* – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 19 February 2-2o called on the international community including the European Union to find an alternative safe disembarkation mechanism for migrants rescued fleeing Libya by boat after roughly 200 migrants were returned to Tripoli, hours after the city’s main port was heavily shelled on Tuesday [18 February 2020].

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IOM Libya staff assist migrants at a disembarkation point in Tripoli. Photo credit: IOM 2020

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20/02/2020

“Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice” – World Day

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Two people in an extremely impoverished rural area in Brazil. ©J. Ripper/ILO

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity.

The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN System’s commitment to social justice.

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20/02/2020

Raise Your Voice on Social Justice Day

Human Wrongs Watch

If the future is going to work for everyone, it will mean putting people and planet first. But how? Tell policymakers what you think!

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20 February 2020 (ILO)* — On Social Justice Day 2020  the ILO is asking you why the future of work should put people and planet first?
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The ILO believes the only way we are going to achieve social justice, tackle inequality, reduce poverty and address climate change, is if we put people and planet first.
20/02/2020

Malnutrition, Disease, Floods, Droughts and Displacement in Niger Put 3 Million People, Half of Them Children, in Need of Humanitarian Assistance – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF on 19 February 2020 said, calling for increased attention to their plight.

©UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau| Nearly three million people in Niger, of whom more than half are children, need humanitarian assistance.
Exacerbated by instability in the region that has led to an influx of thousands of refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons and migrants, simultaneous emergencies are stretching the capacities of humanitarian partners to respond.
20/02/2020

‘Not a Single Country’ Does Enough to Help Children Flourish: Health Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

19 February 2020 (UN News)* — The world’s survival depends on children being able to flourish, but no country is doing enough to give them a sustainable future, dozens of highly respected international health experts on 19 February 2020.

© 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 a UN-backed report assessing the capacity of 180 countries to ensure that their youngsters can survive and thrive, the authors highlight numerous “immediate” threats to their health, environment and opportunities.

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19/02/2020

Unusual Weather and Climate Conditions, Including Heavy Rains, Contribute to a Serious Desert Locust Outbreak, Threatening Rural Food Security and Livelihoods across East Africa

March to May is the main cropping season for many countries in Eastern Africa (most of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, southern South Sudan, southern Ethiopia and southern Somalia).

The swarms of locusts, which have now spread to eight countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea), have been laying eggs along their migratory paths. The eggs are expected to hatch between March and April, posing serious risks to the upcoming cropping season.

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