INIMÕIGUSTEST MAAILMAS

To Fund Grand Inga Using Green Hydrogen, Equity and Ethics Matter

PARIS, Jun 18 (IPS) - Visions of Grand Inga, a proposed massive hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) powering much of Africa, have excited energy experts, investors, and governments for decades.  The announcements this week by…

Africa Can Be Self-Sufficient in Rice Production

NAIROBI, Jun 18 (IPS) - Dr. Fadel Ndiame is AGRA’s Deputy PresidentEvery year, people in Sub-Saharan Africa consume 34 million tons of milled rice, of which 43 percent is imported. But the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly hampered supply chains, maki…

COVID-19: Vaccines donated next year, ‘too late for those who are dying today’

Millions more COVID vaccines need to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated, by the middle of 2022.  Read the full story, “COVID-19: V…

Myanmar: Timely support and action by Security Council ‘really paramount’, says UN Special Envoy

The UN Special Envoy for Myanmar said on Friday she has called for timely action from the Security Council in response to the ongoing crisis in the Southeast Asian country stemming from the military coup in February.  Read the full story, “Mya…

Forced displacement at record level, despite COVID shutdowns: UNHCR

The number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution, and human rights violations, rose last year to nearly 82.4 million people, a further four percent increase on top of the already record-high of 79.5 million, recorded at the end of 2019. R…

António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’

António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read the full story, “António Guterres secures second…

Famine risk spikes amid conflict, COVID-19 and funding gaps: WFP

The impact of conflicts old and new, climate shocks and COVID-19, in addition to a lack of funding, have left millions more on the verge of famine than six months ago, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Read the full story, “Famin…

The Energy Revolution Is Here: How to Be Part of It

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (IPS) - The 2021 High-level Dialogue on Energy, scheduled to take place June 21-25, represents the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the General Assembly, since the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sourc…

For People with Disabilities, COVID-19 Lays Bare the Weaknesses in Social Safety Nets

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (IPS) - The 14th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held this week, with participants urging policymakers to address the socio-economic impacts of COVID…

Peru: Open letter to the Peruvian State calling for the implementation of specific measures for the protections of indigenous human rights defenders

The signatory organizations that include Indigenous organizations and their allied institutions from several parts of the world, urge the Peruvian State to take concrete measures and ensure their implementation in practice, to safeguard the lives of…

Accountability for sexual and gender-based crimes at the ICC: An analysis of Prosecutor Bensouda's legacy

Paris – The Hague, 18 June 2021 - To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, FIDH and Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ) launch a publication called “Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Cri…

World Refugee Day: Council of Europe and EU Agency for Fundamental Rights to work closely together on protecting rights at borders

Language English18/06/2021On World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Council of Europe and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) are joining forces to strengthen their cooperation on human rights protection at the European borders.

Migrant search and rescue in the Mediterranean – state of play

Language English18/06/2021So far this year, two people per day on average died crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe, estimates the International Organization for Migration. Ahead of World Refugee Day 2021, the EU Agency for Fundamental Righ…

EU: Use Article 7 Now to Protect European Values

Concerted Action needed to Counter Rule of Law Threats in Poland and Hungary Brussels — European Union affairs ministers should put the governments of Hungary and Poland on notice that there is no place for attacks on the rule of law in the EU and…

Political impasse in Haiti, amid rising humanitarian needs, ahead of crucial elections

Amid worsening socioeconomic conditions, rising criminal gang violence and a resurgence of COVID-19, Haiti’s leaders must commit to good-faith dialogue aimed at ending a longstanding and damaging political impasse, the UN’s senior official in the…

Guterres: Bring crimes of sexual violence in conflict out of ‘the shadows’, punish perpetrators

Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Read t…

Call for Political Belt-tightening to Prevent Drought Becoming the Next Pandemic

BHUBANESWAR, India, Jun 17 (IPS) - June 17 is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. A new report shows that climate change, overuse and conversion for agriculture, cities and infrastructure, which also drive drought and desertification, h…

One in every 100 dies by their own hand, each suicide ‘a tragedy’ – WHO

New research published by the UN health agency on Thursday revealed that suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide – taking more lives each year than HIV, malaria, breast cancer, war and homicide. Read the full story, “One…

UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries

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.  Re…

The Caribbean Looks to Research for Answers to COVID-19, NCDs and Climate Change Challenges

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - The Caribbean Public Health Agency is banking on high-quality research to inform policy, programming and clinical practice, amid ‘unceasing’ public health challenges. In 1956, the Caribbean held its first major sci…