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24/05/2017

“Horrific” Increase in Worldwide Displacement

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2017 (IPS) – Over 30 million people were newly internally displaced in 2016 by conflict and disasters, according to a new report.
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Saidi Olivier, a displaced farmer in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with his family in an IDP camp. Credit: IDMC

Saidi Olivier, a displaced farmer in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with his family in an IDP camp. Credit: IDMC

In examining trends around the world for its annual Global Report on Internal Displacement, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) found “horrific” and high levels of new displacement.

“Since we started this conversation, hundreds of families have been or are in the process of being displaced today,” said Secretary-General of NRC and former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Jan Egeland during a press briefing.

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16/05/2017

Gender Equality Can Save Women’s Lives in Disasters

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2017 (IPS) – Later this month, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will take place in Mexico. This meeting provides an important opportunity to reboot global progress on embedding gender equality in disaster risk management and redress deadly exclusion.

A woman dries blankets after her home went underwater for five days in one of the villages of the Morigaon district, India. Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPS

A woman dries blankets after her home went underwater for five days in one of the villages of the Morigaon district, India. Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPS

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16/05/2017

World Lags on Clean Energy Goals

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VIENNA, May 14 2017 (IPS) – It may be the 21st century but more than three billion people still use fire for cooking and heating. Of those, one billion people have no access to electricity despite a global effort launched at the 2011 Vienna Energy Forum to bring electricity to everyone on the planet.

At the current pace in 2030 there will still be one person in ten without electricity. Credit: Bigstock

At the current pace in 2030 there will still be one person in ten without electricity. Credit: Bigstock

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08/05/2017

Food Insecurity Accelerates Global Migration

Human Wrongs Watch

5 May 2017 (WFP)* – At a time when a record-high number of people have been forced to flee their homes across the world, a new study by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) clearly establishes that high levels of food insecurity lead to higher levels of migration across borders.

WFP provides support to nearly seven million refugees in more than thirty countries. Copyright: WFP/ Dina Elkassaby

The report determined that each one percentage increase in food insecurity in a population compels 1.9 percent more people to migrate per 1000 population.

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02/05/2017

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Appeals to President Trump for Peace Leadership

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By Peace PeopleTRANSCEND Media Service

1 May 2017 – Mairead Maguire, who visited the women’s peace movements of North and South Korea last year with 30 international women from around the world, made the following appeal to President Trump and the U.S. administration:

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“The people of North and South Korea want peace and they want a peace treaty.  They do not want their country to be bombed or their government to bomb others. 

“Having visited both North and South Korea last year and walked with thousands and thousands of Korean women, North and South, I am convinced that peace is possible and what is needed is the political will of all parties to the conflict to dialogue and for negotiations to move from a Korean armistice to a Korean Peace Treaty.

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20/04/2017

“Imagine a World Where the Worst-Case Scenarios Have Been Realized”

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr 20 2017 (IPS) – The tiny island-nation of Antigua and Barbuda has made an impassioned plea for support from the international community to deal with the devastating impacts of climate change.

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Picturesque Antigua and Barbuda says its “natural beauty” is what is being fought for in the war on climate change. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS

Urging “further action”, Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph said the Paris Climate Agreement must become the cornerstone of advancing the socio-economic development of countries.

“One area of approach that we have undertaken in Antigua and Barbuda, that I believe would be beneficial amongst other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and developing countries, is for those of us with more advanced institutions to seek to be of assistance to other countries,” Joseph told IPS.

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18/04/2017

Remember Haiti? UN Inaugurates Water Supply System as Part of Anti-Cholera Fight

Human Wrongs Watch

17 April 2017 – Historically, the people in the Madan Mak and Loncy areas of the Lascahobas Commune have always had serious problems with access to safe drinking water.

Residents fill their containers at a water capture and distribution project point in a town an hour outside of Port au Prince, Haiti. Photo: Logan Abassi/MINUSTAH

Situated in a mountainous region of Haiti’s Central Plateau, a few hundred kilometres from the capital Port-au-Prince, the two communities – up to just a few weeks ago – were among the 42 per cent of the country’s population still without access to safe drinking water in 2017.

When the cholera epidemic hit the Plateau Central, the need for safe potable water became crucial to eliminate the transmission of the disease.

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17/04/2017

“We Can’t Protest So We Pray”

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BAHIR DAR, Apr 17 2017 (IPS) – As dawn breaks in Bahir Dar, men prepare boats beside Lake Tana to take to its island monasteries the tourists that are starting to return.
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Woman and child outside a Gonder church with crosses marked in ash on their foreheads. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

Meanwhile, traffic flows across the same bridge spanning the Blue Nile that six months ago was crossed by a huge but peaceful protest march.

But only a mile farther the march ended in the shooting of unarmed protesters by security forces, leaving Bahir Dar stunned for months.

Events last August in the prominent Amhara cities of Bahir Dar (the region’s capital) and Gonder (the former historical seat of Ethiopian rule) signalled the spreading of the original Oromo protests to Ethiopia’s second most populace region.

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30/03/2017

Yemen At War: Is the World Catching on to Saudi Arabia’s Crimes?

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For all intents and purposes Yemen has been decimated by a military onslaught of gargantuan proportion – one of the poorest nations on the planet versus an alliance of several superpowers.

Western capitals have bought themselves several dark chapters in the history books … how they will be remembered, and one may hope judged, will very much depend on how they proceed moving forward.

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23/03/2017

Read the Clouds!

 Human Wrongs Watch

 

ROME, Mar 22 2017 (IPS) Obviously, there are so many issues and phenomena that have been brought up by growing impact of climate change that one would likely not think about. Some of them, however, are essential and would be good to learn about. For instance, the fact that clouds play a “pivotal role” in weather forecasts and warnings.
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Credit: World Meteorological Organization

Today scientists understand that clouds play a vital role in regulating the Earth’s energy balance, climate and weather, says the leading UN organisation dealing with meteorology.

They help to drive the water cycle and the entire climate system, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) tells.

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