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Coronavirus: Top UN officials seek global support for poor countries

António Guterres

In a joint remote briefing to member states on Friday, March 27, 2020, top officials of the United Nations solicited global assistance for poor countries to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/ Kim Haughton The briefing was led by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who was joined by three other ...

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‘Pancho’ emerges first Indigenous member of a UN Treaty body

Francisco Cali

The United Nations Human Rights Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Jose Francisco “Pancho” Cali Tzay as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for the next three years. The decision was made by the Council on March 13, 2020 before the suspension of its 43rd session in Geneva, Switzerland. Francisco Cali with his family ...

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Forum raises alarm on effects of corruption on children, youths

Youth Climate Incubation Hub

In December 2019, 12-year-old Blessing Ejindu of Battle Axe Academy and young anti-corruption champion expressed the effects of corruption on youths in her poem titled “Say No to Corruption”. Nigerian youths at a climate change forum in Owerri, Imo State The poem reads in part reads: “Corruption! Corruption!! You have destroyed the solid foundation of this great Nation; Oh, wicked ...

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EU mobilises €10m more in response to East Africa desert locust outbreak

Desert locust swarm

The European Commission on Thursday, February 27, 2020 announced €10 million more for response to what is beleived to be one of the worst Desert Locust outbreaks in East Africa in decades. Desert locust swarm The outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in an already vulnerable region where 27.5 million people suffer from severe food insecurity and no ...

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Social Justice Day: Leaders told to put people, planet first

Cyclone Idai

As the world observed the World Day of Social Justice on Thursday, February 2020, African leaders were called upon to put people and the planet first as they strive to achieve social justice. Cyclone Idai lays waste to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi World Day of Social Justice is an international day recognising the need to promote social justice, which ...

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Oil refinery-affected people drag Uganda govt to court over non-compensation

Yoweri Museveni

Oil refinery-affected people in Uganda will appear in court on Friday, February 21, 2020 for hearing of their case against government. The case hearing takes place at the Kampala High Court. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda The oil refinery-affected people filed the court case against government in March 2014 following government failure to pay them what is considered prompt, fair ...

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Students develop apps to trap human traffickers

UNODC

It was a tale of two marathons in one city – Lagos: one in the physical space, the other in the cyber space. While athletes of different ages and nationalities converged on the megacity for the 42+ kilometre race, snaking the landscape from the National Stadium to Victoria Island, 64 young coders drawn from different universities across Nigeria had another ...

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DRC groups seek release of villagers involved in tussle with oil palm firm

DRC villagers

A team of civil society organisations has called on the Justice Department in the Democratic Republic of Congo to dismiss all charges against some villagers involved in a face-off with an oil palm firm. The groups also want them immediately released from prison.  A tribunal hearing on January 28, 2020. Photo credit: Oskar Epelde Telesur Five villagers from the communities ...

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IUCN laments loss of six environmentalists in Mexico, Nicaragua

Berta Caceres

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has expressed shock and sadness following the recent deaths of at least two environmental defenders in Mexico and four indigenous people in Nicaragua. Honduran prize-winning campaigner Berta Caceres was slain by gunmen on March 3, 2016 weeks after opposing a hydroelectric dam project In a message, Dr Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General of the ...

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Report warns of rising human rights violation by fossil fuel majors in Nigeria, Kenya

Oil spill pollution

The fossil fuel industry largely behind the global climate crisis is contributing to the violation of several human rights, aggravating the conditions of persons, groups, and peoples in already vulnerable situations across the planet, warns a report by 350.org. A water body in the Niger Delta in Nigeria polluted by crude oil Oil, gas and coal companies are said to ...

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