Archive for ‘The Peoples’

16/01/2019

‘Many Countries Are Failing to Protect and Promote the Interests of All Their People – Despite Pledging to Do So in 2016’

Many countries are failing to protect and promote the interests of all their people – despite pledging to do so in 2016 – the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday [16 January 2019].

© UNICEF/UNI154440/Pirozzi | Children walking in a Roma community in the town of Shumen, Northern Bulgaria (2013)
In a special meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to review progress on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, Michelle Bachelet insisted that “overall, we are not on track” to meet its ambitious aims:

It is a promise extended to people previously locked out of development: the marginalized, disempowered and excluded communities – UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on the 2030 Agenda

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16/01/2019

Nobel Peace Prize 2019 – Nomination info in English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish – Deadline: 31 January

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fredrik S. Heffermehl | Nobel Peace Prize Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Please use our attached information on the 2019 Nobel Prize; for your convenience in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.

Translated Versions Below

The official reluctance to discussing disarmament is massive – the beauty of the Nobel Peace Prize is that it is based on a testament – and promotion of disarmament is a legal obligation for the Norwegian awarders.

General disarmament would end enormous suffering and waste, free astronomic funds, reduce waste of precious resources, reduce pollution, offer major relief to the climate, improve human rights, democracy, the plight of women, children.

In short, improve security and prosperity to people everywhere on the planet.

Nobel, by his call for disarmament, attacked the problem of war at its roots – the present peace prize, spread in all directions, will never achieve substantial change.

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16/01/2019

Palestinians Launch Bid for Full UN Membership

The Palestinians have the status of non-member observer state at the world body and full membership would amount to international recognition of Palestinian statehood.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

15 January 2019 (teleSUR)* — The Palestinians will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations even though such a move will be blocked by the United States, the Palestinian foreign minister said Tuesday [15 January 2019].

“We know that we are going to face a U.S. veto but that won’t prevent us from presenting our application” for full UN membership, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told journalists.

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16/01/2019

Men in Europe Must Stop Blaming Migrants for ‘Importing’ Gender Violence

From Germany to India, these campaigners are battling ‘toxic masculinity’ to engage men in fights for gender equality.

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Men on the Women’s March, London 2017. Photo: Flickr/ Kathryn Alkins. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Some rights reserved.

16/01/2019

‘Deep Shift in Food Systems Needed to Ensure Healthy Diets’

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FAO Director-General calls for the transformation of production and consumption models to combat hunger, obesity and other forms of malnutrition.

Photo: ©FAO/Max Valencia

FAO Director-General taking part in Congreso Futuro in Chile

15 January 2019 Santiago de Chile (FAO)* – Hunger, obesity and other forms of malnutrition will continue to increase if there is no deep change in food systems, said FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva.

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16/01/2019

‘Historic’ Moment: Palestine Takes Reins of UN Coalition of Developing Countries

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Acknowledging “a long road ahead” on the United Nations ambitious agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Tuesday [15 January 2019] “the historic leadership of the state of Palestine” as the new Chair of the Group of 77’s (G77).

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77, from the Arab Republic of Egypt to the State of Palestine

“Palestine and its citizens have first-hand experience of some of the most challenging and dramatic global issues we face” said Mr. Guterres in his remarks at the annual ceremony for handover of the rotating Chairmanship of the G77.

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16/01/2019

Migration Surge Leaves Children Stranded, Begging on Djibouti’s Streets

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Begging, scrubbing cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization Migration (IOM) on Tuesday [15 January 2019].  

Muse Mohammed/IOM | Accoring to the UN migration agency (IOM), thousands of children are living on the streets of Djibout City. Here. Ethiopian migrant youth wake up on the beach outside the Horn of Africa country’s teeming capital.

Conducted in Djibouti City, the country’s capital where most of the street children live, the survey enumerated the minors to understand how and why they end up on the streets while also identifying their priority problems.

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15/01/2019

Thousands of Syrians in ‘Life and Death’ Struggle amid Harsh Conditions in Remote Desert Camp

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Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, United Nations officials warned on 15 January 2019, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.

WFP | Pictured here, children at Rukban settlement in Syria. (file photo)
The development comes as the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pederson, arrived in Damascus, for his first meeting with the Government, since taking over from veteran UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura.
14/01/2019

World ‘Not Yet on Track’ to Ensure Children a Better Future — UN Human Rights Chief

Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday [14 January 2019].

@ 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 her opening address to the 80th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, in Geneva – which reviews the records of Member States according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the High Commissioner noted that 2019 marked the pact’s 30th anniversary, and that it was “by far the most widely ratified human rights treaty”.

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14/01/2019

UN Lambasted on High-Level Appointments

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 2019 (IPS)* The world’s developing countries, comprising over two-thirds of the 193 UN member states, are complaining they are not being adequately represented in the higher echelons of the world body –- despite competent candidates with strong professional and academic qualifications vying for these jobs.

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António Guterres takes the oath of office for his five-year term as UN Secretary-General. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

The 134-member Group of 77, the largest single coalition of developing countries, says “persistent imbalances in equitable geographic representation in the UN Secretariat are a major concern.”

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