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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2018 (IPS) - A new landmark initiative aims to make quality data and tools available to the international community in order to combat an “existential crisis”: land degradation.
The Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative (LDN), launched by United Nations-backed partnership the Group of Earth Observations (GEO), aims to put data directly into the hands of local and national decision makers to help stop and reverse environmental degradation.
By Julio Berdergué, Marita Perceval, and Miguel Barreto
Julio Berdegué is FAO Regional Representative, Marita Perceval is Director of UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto is Regional Director of WFP
SANTIAGO, Nov 8 2018 (IPS) - The number of undernourished people increased for the third consecutive year in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has exceeded 39 million people. In addition, almost one in four adults is obese, while overweight affects 250 million; more than the entire population of Brazil.
Este es un artículo de opinión de Julio Berdegué, represenante regional de la FAO, Carissa F. Etienne, director de la OPS, Marita Perceval, directora de Unicef en América Latina y el Caribe, y Miguel Barreto, director regional del PMA.
SANTIAGO, 8 nov 2018 (IPS) - El número de personas con hambre aumentó por tercer año consecutivo en América Latina y el Caribe. Ha superado los 39 millones de personas. Además, casi uno de cada cuatro adultos es obeso, mientras que el sobrepeso afecta a 250 millones. Más que la población completa de Brasil.
By Boudewijn Mohr - former UNICEF country programme and operational management specialist who travelled across 36 countries on the African continent. He is also a former senior international corporate banker in New York, and author of the recently-released “A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to UNICEF in Africa”.
Apia Outcome to serve as basis of Samoa Pathway Midterm Review in September 2019
Apia, SAMOA — Facing the increased effects of climate change, natural disasters, and the outsized impacts of global economic shocks on small economies, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) resolved to strengthen their efforts to achieve sustainable development at the conclusion of a three-day meeting that ended this week in Apia, Samoa.
Por Tharanga Yakupitiyage
NACIONES UNIDAS, 2 nov 2018 (IPS) - Las personas que luchan en defensa de los derechos humanos sufren cada vez más ataques, al punto de llegar a una situación “de crisis” en todo el mundo.
Más de 150 activistas se reunieron en París esta semana para concordar una estrategia de lucha durante la segunda Cumbre Mundial de Defensores/as de Derechos Humanos, realizada el 29, 30 y 31 de octubre en París.
By Anna Kucirkova
TEXAS, USA, Nov 2 2018 (IPS) - Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn’t well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world.
It last erupted in the U.S. in the 1800s, eradicated by water and sewage treatment systems that prevented it from spreading via contaminated water. However, cholera is making a comeback around the globe, and it could again become a major killer.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 1 2018 (IPS) - Globally, the people working to defend our human rights are increasingly under attack, reaching a “crisis point.”
More than 150 human rights defenders (HRDs) from around the world gathered in Paris this week to set out a vision for the enduring fight for human rights at the second Human Rights Defenders World Summit.
DUBAI, Oct 31 2018 (WAM) - Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, today announced that the UAE will contribute US$1.5 million annually for the period 2019 to 2021, cumulatively amounting to US$4.5 million, to fund the projects carried out by the Global Green Growth Institute, GGGI.
The announcement was made at the GGGI’s Assembly and Council, held at the South Korean capital, Seoul. Dr. Al-Zeyoudi led the UAE delegation that participated at the assembly.
October 30, 2018 3:35 PM
In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants recently abducted and killed two aid workers. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, civilians threw stones at Ebola health workers, a day after rebels shot and killed two medics with the Congolese army.
London-based research group Humanitarian Outcomes says 139 humanitarian aid workers were killed worldwide in 2017, with another 102 wounded and 72 kidnapped. Data show the bulk of attacks against relief workers took place in South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.
Les 19 et 20 octobre derniers, la Croix-Rouge Française organisait les premières journées nationales du rétablissement des liens familiaux (RLF). Activité centenaire – née durant la première guerre mondiale avec l’Agence centrale des prisonniers de guerre du CICR à Genève – le RLF et la recherche des personnes portées disparues demeurent parmi les activités phare du Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge.
By Wambi Michael
Wambi Michael speaks on INGVILD SOLVANG, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Global Lead on Gender and Social Development on safeguarding staff against sexual harassment and exploitation.
KAMPALA, Oct 28 2018 (IPS) - How to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment in the aid sector is a question that has come to the forefront in the past year as allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have been made against both Oxfam and United Nations officials.
Melinda Suchard Head, Centre for Vaccines and Immunology, National Institute for Communicable Diseases
SHARJAH, 24th October, 2018 (WAM) -- The third 'Investing in the Future' (IIFMENA) conference under its banner ‘Youth - Crisis Challenges and Development Opportunities’, has witnessed key solutions to integrate refugee youth with the help of education to become useful citizens for themselves and for their host countries, at a panel discussion titled ‘Youth in Conflict & Peacebuilding’, held on the first day of the conference Wednesday with a key conference partner, UNHCR.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 2018 (IPS) - The very people who help put food on our tables often face numerous human rights violations, forcing them go to bed hungry.
In an annual report set to be presented to governments at the United Nations this week, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver found that agricultural workers worldwide continue to face barriers in their right to food including dangerous work conditions and the lack of employment protections.
Today, IDMC is signing up as a Champion of the Inclusive Data Charter. This is one step towards linking the displacement data community with the sustainable development agenda and I believe it is an important one. The Charter, which was launched in July 2018, aims to mobilise political support to improve ‘the quality, quantity, financing, and availability of inclusive and disaggregated data’.
Author: Glenda Gray - Research Professor, Perinatal HIV Research Unit and President, South African Medical Research Council
Study suggests biopesticides should be trialled to control plague of caterpillars that’s destroying crops across the continent
Experts have identified safer, effective pesticides they believe can control a plague of caterpillars that is devastating crops across Africa.
William B Karesh, Executive Vice President for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance; Adjunct Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The concept of One Health is deceptively simple: it’s the recognition that human, animal and environmental health are all inherently linked.
Carmen Arroyo interviews ALEXANDRA BILAK, director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - This year the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) noted that 2017 saw the highest number of displacements associated with conflict in a decade-11.8 million people. But this is not a situation that is going to be resolved any time soon, says the organisation which has been reporting on displacements since 1998.