Archive for ‘The Peoples’

18/06/2021

‘Drought Has Directly Affected 1.5 Billion People So Far this Century, More than Any Other Slow-Onset Disaster’

17 June 2021 (WMO)* — Drought has directly affected 1.5 billion people so far this century, more than any other slow-onset disaster.
This number will grow dramatically because of climate change, environmental degradation and demographic shifts.

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18/06/2021

UN Chief Urges Debt Relief Extension for More than 100 Middle-Income Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday [17 June 2021].

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© ILO | Workers in a garment factory in Bangladesh.

Addressing a high-level meeting on these nations, which account for more than half of the UN’s 193 Member States, he underlined the need for financing to help them recover in the wake of the global crisis.

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18/06/2021

‘Every Year, More People Die as a Result of Suicide than HIV, Malaria or Breast Cancer ̶or War and Homicide’

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WHO guidance to help the world reach the target of reducing suicide rate by 1/3 by 2030

(WHO)*Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to WHO’s latest estimates, published on 17 June 2021 in “Suicide worldwide in 2019”.

Every year, more people die as a result of suicide than HIV, malaria or breast cancer  ̶  or war and homicide.

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18/06/2021

‘Bring Crimes of Sexual Violence in Conflict Out of ‘the Shadows’, Punish Perpetrators’

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(UN News)* — Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on 17 June 2021 in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

© UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau | Conflict and displacement place women and girls at increased risk of gender-based violence.

Already a “cruel tactic of war, torture, terror and repression”, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed to the turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that “has made it even more difficult to hold perpetrators of sexual violence to account”.

“Even as we respond to the pandemic, we must investigate every case, and maintain essential services for every survivor”, he said.

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17/06/2021

‘It is shameful and tragic that EU countries can’t agree on something as fundamental as saving lives at sea’

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By Human Rights Watch*

EU: Protect Lives on Central Mediterranean Route: 20-Point Action Plan to Protect People at Sea and on the Move

Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021
Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021. © AP Photo/Bruno Thevenin

(Milan) – European Union governments have a collective responsibility to protect the lives and rights of people on the move along the central Mediterranean route, Human Rights Watch on 16 June 2021 said.

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17/06/2021

Q&A: ‘Why Do People Have to Die Before a Famine Is Declared?’

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By Ljubica Vujadinovic*

16 June 2021 (WFP)* — Famine — driven by conflict and fueled by climate shocks and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — could soon become a reality for millions of people. Below, the World Food Programme’s acting director of nutrition, Allison Oman Lawi, explains what famine is — and spells out the urgent need for action to avert it.
A child in Hajjah is diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition. Photo: WFP/Issa Al-Ragh
Yemen: A child at a WFP-supported clinic in Hajjah is diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition. Photo: WFP/Issa Al-Ragh

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17/06/2021

‘As Much As One Billion Hectares of Degraded Land Can Be Restored over the Next 10 Years… If There Is Political Will’

17 June 2021 (UNCCD)* — Climate change, overuse and conversion for agriculture, cities and infrastructure mean that one fifth of the planet’s land area is degraded. This damage, which also drives drought and desertification, harms the livelihoods of almost half the planet’s population.

However, as much as one billion hectares can be restored over the next 10 years if there is political will.

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17/06/2021

‘Humanity Is Waging a Relentless, Self-Destructive War on Nature’

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By António Guterres, UN Secretary General*

A line of African farmers smiling

Humanity is waging a relentless, self-destructive war on nature.

Biodiversity is declining, greenhouse gas concentrations are rising, and our pollution can be found from the remotest islands to the highest peaks.

We must make peace with nature.

The land can be our greatest ally. But the land is suffering.

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17/06/2021

Nearly Three Quarters of the Earth’s Ice-Free Land, Altered by Humans to Meet Ever-Growing Demand for Food, Raw Materials, Highways, Homes…

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People on a sand landscape tending to crops

In Faux-Cap, Madagascar, the dunes and their strong winds pose a threat to their crops. With the greenest weapons, its inhabitants worked for 120 days to secure 75 hectares of dunes. Once settled, the risk is over. PHOTO:UNDP Madagascar

16 June 2021 (United Nations)* — The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day to be held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience, creates jobs, raises incomes and increases food security.

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16/06/2021

11 Reasons Why Migrant Workers’ Remittances Are Important

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©IFAD/GMB Akash

15 June 2021 (IFAD)* — Every year, on 16 June, the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed to raise further awareness on the abnegation and sacrifice of migrant workers, who support their families and communities of origin through the money they send back home, particularly in these times of crisis.

This year, the IDFR lauds the human spirit and resilience of over 200 million migrants who defied predictions of the pandemic and continued to send money home to their countries of origin.

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