Archive for ‘The Peoples’

29/11/2021

Growing Amazon Deforestation a Grave Threat to Global Climate

Human Wrongs Watch

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 26 2021 (IPS)* – For three weeks, the Brazilian government concealed the fact that deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest increased by nearly 22 percent last year, accentuating a trend that threatens to derail efforts to curb global warming. | En español

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Brazil has a “green future,” announced Environment Minister Joaquim Leite and Vice-President Hamilton Mourão, in a videoconference presentation from Brasilia at the Glasgow climate summit, in an attempt to shore up Brazil’s credibility, damaged by Amazon deforestation. The two officials concealed the fact that deforestation in the Amazon rose by 21.9 percent last year. CREDIT: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil-Fotos Públicas

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29/11/2021

Still ‘Not Clear’ Whether Omicron COVID Variant Is More Transmissible or More Severe than Delta: WHO

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The World Health Organization published on Sunday [28 November 2021] an update on the science regarding the new coronavirus variant Omicron which is causing global concern and sparking increasing flight bans on Southern African countries.

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The experts of the UN health agency said researchers in South Africa and around the world are currently conducting studies to better understand the aspects of Omicron, but as of right now, it is not clear whether it is more transmissible compared to other variants, including Delta.
29/11/2021

Southern Europe, Southwest Pacific, the Near East and North Africa, Particularly at Risk of Severe Damage If Fall Armyworm Knocks at Their Door

Human Wrongs Watch

New FAO guidelines help countries limit the global spread of this plant pest

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Working to stop the spread of the fall armyworm plant pest has become a global priority. Fall armyworm is already present in more than 70 countries, wreaking havoc on crops, livelihoods and food security. ©FAO/Lekha Edirisinghe

(FAO)* — Fall armyworm is one of the most dangerous plant pests in the world, feeding on more than 80 crops, and affecting plant health in more than 70 countries with many others at high risk of introduction.

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28/11/2021

How to Tackle Africa’s Employment Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

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Youth at the Grand Médine town hall in Dakar, Senegal. Senegal has a large youth population, half of which is under the age of 18. By 2025, 376,000 youth are expected to enter the job market that offers only 30,000 jobs. And this number will rise to 411,000 in 2030, according to the Wilson Centre. Credit: Samuelle Paul Banga/IPS

ACCRA, Ghana, Nov 25 2021 (IPS)* – The Covid-19 pandemic aggravated Africa’s already severe employment crisis. The solution lies in a long-term political and economic transformation.

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28/11/2021

9.4 Million People Are ‘Living Their Worst Nightmare’ in Northern Ethiopia Due to Ongoing Conflict 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The number of people in need of humanitarian food assistance across northern Ethiopia has spiked as a direct result of ongoing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday [26 November 2021]. 

© WFP/Sinisa Marolt | Lifesaving food is delivered to people in Amhara, Ethiopia.

“Today, 9.4 million people are living their worst nightmare,” Tomson Phiri, the agency’s spokesperson, told journalists in Geneva.

80 per cent ‘behind battle lines’ 

Of the people across northern Ethiopia in need of assistance, more than 80 per cent – 7.8 million – “are behind battle lines”.

The largest jump in numbers has occurred in Amhara region with 3.7 million people now in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

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26/11/2021

From Fruit Waste to Gourmet Grub

Human Wrongs Watch

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Nov 23 2021 (IPS)* – When Bonolo Monthe’s neighbours discarded bucketsful of fallen ripe morula fruit from their backyard, she saw food and fortune going to waste.
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UNEP estimates that 50 percent of post-harvest losses occur in vegetable and fruit crops. However, innovative agro-processors have found a way to process Morula fruit into jams and other products. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

Monthe took a tasty interest in the fruit of the morula (Sclerocarya birrea), a hardy indigenous tree that grows naturally across Africa. The morula fruit is rich in vitamins and nutrients, with eight times the vitamin C of oranges.

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25/11/2021

‘One in Five Refugee or Internally Displaced Women Have Faced Sexual Violence’

DRC. SGBV survivors rebuild their lives with UNHCR support

A young woman who survived kidnapping and rape in a brutal attack is starting to rebuild her life with help from UNHCR.   © UNHCR/Vittoria Moretti

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25/11/2021

Arrested Development and Poverty Take a $57 Billion Economic Toll in Palestine

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Following Israeli closures, restrictions and military operations, the West Bank has suffered two decades of arrested development and poverty, according to a report published on Wednesday 24 November 2021 by the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD.

© UNRWA/Mohammed Hinnawi | Buildings destroyed by airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

With an economic toll of an estimated at $57.7 billion, the study estimated the cost to be equivalent to three and a half times the 2019 GDP of the occupied Palestinian territory’.

Moreover, it indicated that the minimum cost of eliminating poverty in the West Bank had increased six times between 1998 and 2007 – from $73 million to $428 million.

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24/11/2021

Three Billion People Cannot Afford a Healthy Diet

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Approximately three billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s population, cannot afford a healthy diet and another one billion people would join their ranks should further unpredictable events reduce incomes by one-third, the UN food agency said, launching a new report on Tuesday [23 November 2021]. 

© ILO/Maxime Fossat | The COVID-19 pandemic has affected global food systems worldwide, causing food insecurity and malnutrition.

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2021 State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report – Making agrifood systems more resilient to shocks and stresses – states that, without proper preparation, unpredictable shocks will continue to undermine these systems. 

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24/11/2021

Poverty and Violence Push 378,000 Central Americans North Each Year 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — For the past five years, poverty, food insecurity, climate shocks and violence have pushed, on average, some 378,000 Central Americans a year into the United States, according to a new report launched on Tuesday [23 November 2021] by the UN food relief agency.

© WFP/Julian Frank | In Honduras, close to the Corinto border with Guatemala, police stop buses carrying migrants to check documentation and COVID test results.

A joint report published by the World Food Programme (WFP), Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) also showed that a high price was paid in human and economic costs, including an annual $2.2 billion on regular and irregular travel.

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