Archive for ‘The Peoples’

24/10/2020

Is the IMF Encouraging World Financial Leaders to Walk Blindly Towards More Austerity?

Human Wrongs Watch

NEW YORK and SUSSEX, Oct 16 2020 (IPS)* – This week the world’s Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors meet virtually at the 2020 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and decide on the fate of the world. | En español

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Isabel Ortiz

This year’s gathering is particularly important, given that the world is confronting an unprecedented crisis. Governments are struggling to finance emergency care and urgent socioeconomic support to cope with the COVID19 pandemic.

While these short-term expenditures are necessary, countries need more than intensive care units, respirators, tests and emergency support. Governments must continue to invest in long-term public health, universal social protection floors, employment-generating activities and other sustainable development goals.

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24/10/2020

Rice Is a Staple for More Than 3.5 Billion People – New Strains Could Address Climate Change

21 October 2020 (UNEP)* — Rice is a staple for more than 3.5 billion people, including most of the world’s poor. But it can be a problematic crop to farm. It requires massive amounts of water and the paddies in which it grows emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Photo_by_JIRCAS_LibraryPhoto by JIRCAS Library / 21 Oct 2020

24/10/2020

Anticipation of Judicial Inquisition of Humans by Extraterrestrials

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By Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Potential Consequence of Failure to Adhere to Universal Principles of Intelligent Life

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Anthony Judge

Introduction

In the midst of a global pandemic widely framed as a war, there is a strong case for recognizing both the civilian fatalities and those whose lives are at stake on a daily basis — in order to reduce the risk to greater numbers of humans.

Humans are called upon by authorities to take shelter in their homes to avoid any risk (Cowering for One’s Country in the War against Coronavirus, 2020).

It is therefore appropriate to honour those — effectively “on the front line” — who are dying in far greater numbers in the hope of ending the pandemic as soon as possible. As in conventional warfare, they have little choice in performing this duty, having been conscripted and trained to that end.

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23/10/2020

Discrimination in the Air

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ale-alvarez-ofgh5Idnpt8-unsplashUnsplash/Ale Alvarez / 21 Oct 2020

23/10/2020

‘Give us a seat at the table and we’ll change the world’

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By Sarah Schafer*

At the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, participants say those who are forcibly displaced are eager and qualified to help rebuild communities devastated by COVID-19.   |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Nhial Deng, a South Sudanese refugee living in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. He and his fellow panelists shared stories of resilience and discussed solutions to the world’s challenges with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. © UNHCR/Samuel Otieno

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23/10/2020

Mediterranean Basin Facing ‘Irreversible Environmental Damage’

Athens/Marseille, 21 October 2020 (UN Environment)*– Rising inequality, biodiversity loss, the growing impact of climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Published on 21 October 2020, the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean finds that, unless urgent and resolute action is taken to halt current trends, environmental degradation could have serious and lasting consequences for human health and livelihoods in the region.

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23/10/2020

Classroom Crisis: Avert a ‘Generational Catastrophe’ Urges UN Chief

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(UN News)* — The world is at risk of suffering “a generational catastrophe” as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday [22 October 2020].

© UNICEF/Chansereypich Seng | Teachers and students wear face masks and maintain physical distance at a school in Cambodia.
In a video message to the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Global Education Meeting (GEM), Secretary-General António Guterres reminded delegates that the pandemic had had a “disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable and marginalized children and youth”.
23/10/2020

Collapsing Consumer Demand amid Lockdowns and Disrupted Imports of Raw Materials Cripple Asia – Pacific Garment Industry

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(UN News)* — The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday [21 October 2020] by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

© ILO | Women at work in a garment factory in Hai Phong, Viet Nam.

The UN labour agency highlighted that in the first half of 2020, Asian imports had dropped by up to 70 per cent.

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23/10/2020

A Few ‘Green Shoots’, But Future of Global Trade Remains Deeply Uncertain

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(UN News)* — Although global trade is making a frail recovery, the outlook remains uncertain, UN trade and development body UNCTAD said on Wednesday [21 October 2020], in announcing its latest COVID-era update.

Unsplash/Jared Sanders | Shipping containers at a port in Miami, USA.
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Estimates show that world trade will drop by five per cent this quarter, compared with the 2019 level. While this is an improvement over the nearly 20 per cent decline in the second quarter of the year, it is still not enough to pull trade out of the red.

Furthermore, UNCTAD expects the value of all good traded to contract by seven to nine percent compared to last year, depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in the winter months.

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21/10/2020

Food Security Bursts Onto the Global Agenda

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Mario Lubetkin is Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

8027244480_1e165074d1_z-629x415-1Women farmers irrigate crops of onions and other vegetables. They participate in a special programme to improve Senegal’s food security. Credit: FAO

ROME, Oct 21 2020 (IPS)* – The month of October 2020 will be recalled as one of the most important moments in raising awareness about world food security, whether in the global debate or in the search for possible concrete solutions. | En español

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