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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 agosto 2018

Luxembourg Project/Consultancy title: Monitoring of reception conditions of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in Luxembourg.
Organizational context and General background of assignment:The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to protect refugees and stateless persons worldwide. UNHCR works with States, civil society organizations and other actors to address issues of concern which fall under its mandate.Children’s rights are enshrined in international law, including in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and are at the heart of UNHCR’s protection mandate. Given the fact that asylum- seeking girls and boys face unique protection risks, responding to their specific needs is a key priority for the BELUX Unit. UNHCR’s commitment to protect children of its concern is not only a moral imperative, but will also contribute to ensuring a better future for children, their families and communities.Between 2015 and 2017, over 200 UASC have applied for asylum in Luxembourg, representing more than twice the number for the period between 2012 and 2014. While the largest increase was noticed in 2015, 2017 was marked by the particularly young age of UASC applying for asylum in Luxembourg (between 12-14 years old).In addition to the 2 already-existing mixed reception centres hosting UASC, 3 reception centres exclusively dedicated to UASC have opened their doors since 2016. The principle of the best interest of the child is embedded in Luxembourg legislation and policy, and should be implemented in the context of reception conditions. A mapping of the current situation for the identification of good practices and elaboration of recommendations in line with international protection standards and the best interest principle will serve as a basis for UNHCR to engage with and support different stakeholders in upholding these standards.

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New global and regional population estimates and projections presented by the United Nations

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 luglio 2015

Onu palaceNew York Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 11:00 a.m. EDT S-237, UN Headquarters. Press briefing by Mr. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), Mr. François Pelletier, Chief, Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division, UN DESA and Moderator: Ms. Francyne Harrigan, Chief, Development Section, UN Department of Public Information presenting the latest population estimates and projections: “World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision”. The report published by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides a comprehensive review of worldwide demographic trends and future prospects. This information is essential to understand the progress achieved by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to guide policies aimed at achieving the new sustainable development agenda. Data presented incudes new estimates and projections for the world’s population from 1950 to the end of the century, along with new figures for country populations, and new estimates and projections for fertility, life expectancy, and net migration at global, regional and country levels.

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‘Making art kept countless Jews alive during the Holocaust,’ Robert Singer tells United Nations forum

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 maggio 2014

united nationsUNITED NATIONS – Speaking before a packed audience at the United Nations in New York on Monday night, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer noted the importance of the arts to the persecuted Jews in Nazi Europe. “The will to make art kept alive for a few more days countless Jews imprisoned in ghettos and camps,” Singer said. “The art that Jews made lifted the spirits of those who heard the music of ghetto orchestras or saw a drawing scratched out in charcoal on a barracks’ wall. It was the finest kind of spiritual resistance.”Singer spoke at “Learning About the Holocaust Through the Arts,” a UN program to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, which featured presentations by accomplished artists in the fields of dance, literature, film, and music, including choreographer Steven Mills of Ballet Austin, author Nava Semel, actress Olympia Dukakis, Professor Olga Gershenson of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, philanthropist and arts patron Clive Marks, and Shirli Gilbert of World ORT. The event, co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information, the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, and World Jewish Congress, drew more than 500 attendees, a cross-section of the international community, including diplomats, dignitaries, and arts educators and students from 30 universities.

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Kumi Naidoo accompanies many major NGOs in walking out of the UN climate negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2013

warsaw overview

warsaw overview (Photo credit: Nikos Roussos)

 In regards to the massive NGO walk-out today from the UN climate negotiations, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International said:“The Polish government has done its best to turn these talks into a showcase for the coal industry. Along with backsliding by Japan, Australia and Canada, and the lack of meaningful leadership from other countries, governments here have delivered a slap in the face to those suffering as a result of dangerous climate change. The EU is being shackled by the Polish government and its friends in the coal industry, and must resume leading on the climate agenda if Paris is going to deliver a treaty that matters.” “China, if anyone, can be a game-changer, but it’s not yet capitalising on its potential. It has yet to translate its domestic gains on cutting coal use and other climate action into constructive engagement in these talks. 2014 is a critical year – it must be a year of action and ambition on the road to Paris. Each and every country must table new pollution reduction targets, as well as meeting the promises they have already made.”“We believe in this process. We will never give up on it, because people around the world desperately need a global treaty on climate change. But a new treaty must also be meaningful. Warsaw has simply not been good enough. As civil society, we will be back next year with still more voices behind us, with more determination and with more ambition to succeed. We expect governments to do the same.”

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Greenpeace looks towards the future of climate negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2013

Greenpeace snow man at the G8 Summit. www.gree...

Greenpeace snow man at the G8 Summit. http://www.greenpeace.org/G8 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warsaw on the official closing day of the UN climate negotiations and following yesterday’s civil society walk out, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace said:“This was a sham. It was supposed to be about increasing emission cuts, but what we saw was the opposite – Japan lowering its target, Australia rolling back its climate legislation and Brazil reporting a 28% increase of its deforestation rate. Furthermore, the complete failure of rich countries to deliver on existing promises on long-term finance is putting the most vulnerable people at risk.” “Too many governments, North and South, continue to block progress towards a new global climate agreement while serving their coal and oil lobbies, rather than their people. Greenpeace, looking into the future, expects to see a new kind of leadership from emerging economies. They have become powerful players in the international community. With power comes responsibility.”Martin Kaiser, Head of the Greenpeace Delegation said:“China is making big strides domestically in tackling pollution from its coal industry and advancing renewable energy, but is not yet translating it into a willingness to lead at a global level. Brazil is promoting the important principle of historical responsibility, but that’s no excuse for Brazil, or anyone to ditch their responsibilities over their current and future emissions,” said Kaiser.Greenpeace will be pushing national governments throughout 2014 so that they come to the Ban Ki-Moon summit in September and later the climate conference in Lima, taking with them meaningful emission reduction offers while being prepared to fill the Green Climate Fund. In particular, Greenpeace is expecting concrete proposals in 2014 for reducing climate pollution from China, the US and the European Union – the three biggest emitters. The EU has to immediately raise its weak climate targets and finally fix its stumbling emissions trading scheme. “People are getting less and less patient with corporate polluters. A growing number of people are prepared to take action against the coal, oil, gas and nuclear industries and demand a different kind of energy system. It was for this cause that our friends, risking their liberty, protested against drilling in the Arctic. The example of the Arctic 30 will continue to be an inspiration to us,” said Kaiser.“We remain absolutely committed to achieving international co-operation at the United Nations, to protect the world’s citizens from the devastating impacts of climate change and its aftermath,” added Naidoo.

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Conference at United Nations in New York to raise cause of Jewish refugees from Muslim countries

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

The Forgotten Refugees

The Forgotten Refugees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK – The “forgotten refugees” of the Arab-Israel conflict – Jews forced from their homes in Arab countries – will gain a hearing at the United Nations on 21 November 2013 at a conference convened by Israel’s Mission to the United Nations, the World Jewish Congress and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and Justice for Jews from Arab Countries.The Untold Story of the Middle East: Justice for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries will urge that American and international diplomacy recognize the rights of the Middle East’s Jewish refugees on an equal footing with those of other refugees in the region, including Palestinian Arabs – an especially salient topic given ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “The world has long recognized the Palestinian refugee problem, but without recognizing the other side of the story – the 850,000 Jewish refugees of Arab countries,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. “Yet for any Middle East peace process to be credible and enduring, it must ensure that all bona fide refugees receive equal rights and treatment under international law.”The conference will hear presentations from Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure Silvan Shalom, Israeli Permanent Representative to the UN Ron Prosor, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, Conference of Presidents Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, and Co-President of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries Sylvain Abitbol. The film ‘The Forgotten Refugees’, a documentary by Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA), will be screened. Other speakers will include Lucette Lagnado, the author of two memoirs about her Egyptian Jewish family; Linda Menuhin, a Middle East commentator who is the daughter of Iraqi Jewish refugees; and Levana Zamir, president of the International Association of Jews from Egypt.

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Reaction to UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-Moon and Poland PM Donald Tusk speeches at COP19– Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

Warsaw

Warsaw (Photo credit: TobyA)

 In response to statements made today by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and Polish Prime Minster, Donald Tusk, at the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Warsaw, Maciek Muskat, Director of Greenpeace Poland, addressing Tusks’s introductory speech said:
“Tusk claims to hear the consensus among climate scientists about the seriousness of climate change, but he fails to listen. Scientists say we must leave most of the known reserves of fossil fuels in the ground and that there is barely space for new coal plants in our carbon budget. Prime Minister Tusk, however, seems to live in a fantasy land where all technology can continue to be used in a climate afflicted world – including coal. The coal addiction of the Polish Prime Minister is the reason for his government’s blocking European climate goals. This is throttling the chances of having any meaningful international deal, and hurting the opportunity to pull Poland into a future based on renewables. It should be clear that in order to make the EU a true leader and push the COP presidency towards bigger ambitions in 2014, PM Tusk must stop being ‘The Godfather’ of coal interests in Poland.”

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Journalists “Together, against poverty and exclusion” EU-Caritas

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2013

English: Rome, Pontifical Gregorian University...

English: Rome, Pontifical Gregorian University – main facade Italiano: Pontificia Università Gregoriana a Roma – facciata Polski: Papieski Uniwersytet Gregoriański w Rzymie – fasada budynku (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rome Friday 11 October 2013 From 14h30 to 15h30 Piazza Della Pilotta, 4 Pontificia Università Gregoriana Aula Magna Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the European Union to the Holy See, to the Order of Malta and to the United Nations’ Organizations in Rome Laurence Argimon Pistre and the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis Michel Roy are pleased to invite you to a public debate “Together, against poverty and exclusion”. Words of welcome by Rettore Magnifico of the Gregorian University, Father François-Xavier Dumortier, qith interventions of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and Justin Kilcullen, Executive Director of Trócaire (Caritas Ireland) With interpretation EN-IT

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UN takes action on international migration to address urgent migration challenges and increase benefits for development

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 ottobre 2013

UN Members' flags - the UN Headquarters, New York

UN Members’ flags – the UN Headquarters, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York. United Nations Member States for the first time unanimously adopted a Declaration calling for the respect of human rights and international labour standards, reiterating their commitment to fight human trafficking and strongly condemning racism and intolerance, during the two-day High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development held at UN Headquarters.
Member States took actions to move forward on cooperating to reduce the dangers and costs of international migration, while stressing migration’s benefits, when they agreed to the Declaration citing the many complex issues related to international migration. The Declaration committed Member States to continue to address the opportunities and challenges presented by international migration in all countries.Member States agreed that the world’s 232 million international migrants make important contributions to the development of the countries of origin, transit and destination that they move between. It was also agreed that the public perception of migrants and migration must be improved.Ensuring international labour standards and respecting the rights of migrants in the workplace was emphasized in the Declaration. With women making up nearly half of all international migrants, it was agreed that more protections were needed for women migrants, particularly for those involved in domestic work.Commitments were also made to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling, while protecting victims. In the Declaration, Member States stressed the need for international cooperation to address the challenges of irregular migration with full respect for human rights. Regardless of migration status, Member States agreed to promote and protect the human rights of all migrants and to avoid approaches that might make irregular migrants more vulnerable.Member States also connected the important contribution migrants make towards reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and stressed the need to consider migration in the post-2015 development agenda. Governments were encouraged to integrate migration into development planning, including considering ways to include diaspora groups.The Secretary-General announced closer cooperation between the United Nations and the State-led Global Forum on Migration and Development. Mr. Ban also called on the Global Migration Group, which is comprised of 14 UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration, to improve coordination in the field and aid in building capacity of Governments to promote work on migration and development and to develop an action-oriented plan to follow up on the High-level Dialogue.Mr. Ban also noted that in support of the work of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on International Migration, Peter Sutherland, the Philippines and the United States will lead an initiative to better assist migrant workers caught in humanitarian crises.With more than 100 Government representatives addressing the main meeting, the Dialogue also offered the opportunity for a series of roundtables and side events. The roundtables focused on different international migration issues, including how these issues relate to the post-2015 development agenda, human rights, partnerships and labour mobility. Representatives from 350 civil society organizations participated in the different discussions taking place around the Dialogue.

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232 million international migrants living abroad worldwide–new UN global migration statistics reveal

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 settembre 2013

New York.There are as many international migrants born in the South living in other countries in the South as in countries in the North, reflecting changing patterns of Asian migration, but globally the United States remains the most popular destination, according to new data presented by the United Nations today. More people than ever are living abroad. In 2013, 232 million people, or 3.2 per cent of the world’s population, were international migrants, compared with 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990. The new estimates include breakdowns by region and country of destination and origin, and by sex and age. The North, or developed countries, is home to 136 million international migrants, compared to 96 million in the South, or developing countries. Most international migrants are of working age (20 to 64 years) and account for 74 per cent of the total. Globally, women account for 48 per cent of all international migrants.The data were released in advance of the upcoming High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, which will take place 3-4 October 2013 at UN Headquarters. The purpose of the High-level Dialogue is to identify concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels, with a view to enhancing the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its important links to development, while reducing its negative implications.“Migration, when governed fairly, can make a very important contribution to social and economic development both in the countries of origin and in the countries of destination,” said Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. “Migration broadens the opportunities available to individuals and is a crucial means of broadening access to resources and reducing poverty.”The data show that South-South migration is as common as South-North migration. In 2013, about 82.3 million international migrants who were born in the South were residing in the South, which is slightly higher than the 81.9 million international migrants originating in the South and living in the North.Asians and Latin Americans living outside of their home regions form the largest global diaspora groups. In 2013, Asians represented the largest group, accounting for about 19 million migrants living in Europe, some 16 million in Northern America and about 3 million in Oceania. Migrants born in Latin America and the Caribbean represented the second largest diaspora group with the majority, 26 million, living in Northern America.In 2013, South Asians were the largest group of international migrants living outside of their home region. Of the 36 million international migrants from South Asia, 13.5 million resided in the oil-producing countries in Western Asia. International migrants originating from Central America, including Mexico, represented another large group of migrants living outside their home region. About 16.3 million, out of 17.4 million Central American migrants lived in the US.
Europe and Asia combined host nearly two-thirds of all international migrants worldwide. Europe remains the most popular destination region with 72 million international migrants in 2013, compared to 71 million in Asia. Since 1990, Northern America recorded the largest gain in the absolute number of international migrants, adding 25 million, and experienced the fastest growth in migrant stock by an average of 2.8 per cent per year.“New sources and destinations of migrants are emerging, and in some cases, countries have become important points of origin, transit and destination simultaneously,” said John Wilmoth, Director of the Population Division in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.Compared to other regions of destination, Asia saw the largest increase of international migrants since 2000, adding some 20 million migrants in 13 years. Mr. Wilmoth said this growth was mainly fuelled by the increasing demand for foreign labour in the oil-producing countries of Western Asia and in South-Eastern Asian countries with rapidly growing economies, such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.International migration remains highly concentrated
In 2013, half of all international migrants lived in 10 countries, with the US hosting the largest number (45.8 million), followed by the Russian Federation (11 million); Germany (9.8 million); Saudi Arabia (9.1 million); United Arab Emirates (7.8 million); United Kingdom (7.8 million); France (7.4 million); Canada (7.3 million); Australia (6.5 million); and Spain (6.5 million).The US gained the largest absolute number of international migrants between 1990 and 2013—nearly 23 million, equal to one million additional migrants per year. The United Arab Emirates recorded the second largest gain with seven million, followed by Spain with six million.

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Les parlements de l’UE et la gouvernance de l’UEM

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 aprile 2013

Yves Bertoncini prend part au débat sur la dimension démocratique de l’Union économique et monétaire et sur “l’union politique” dans une Tribune inspirée des remarques conclusives qu’il a formulées lors d’un séminaire co-organisé avec la FEPS sur le thème “Le rôle des parlements dans la coordination des politiques budgétaires et économiques” le 25 mars 2013 à Bruxelles.Il développe quatre séries de constats et de recommandations portant sur
1 – La nécessité de clarifier l’impact des réformes de la gouvernance de l’UEM sur les souverainetés et les démocraties nationales ;
2 – Le renforcement de la dimension parlementaire de l’UEM à trois niveaux complémentaires
3 – Une répartition fonctionnelle des tâches entre parlements européen et nationaux ;
4 – La nécessité de clivages politiques plus visibles, y compris au sein des parlements.

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Declaration of Alumni of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 settembre 2012

English: The 62nd General Assembly of the Unit...

English: The 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations begins on September 25, 2007. According to tradition since the 1970’s, a Brazilian gives the inaugural speech. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your Excellencies, Heads of States and Governments,
At the occasion of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations, which is being held in troubled times of renewed violence and manifestations of anger between Western, Middle-East and North African countries, we thought it is our responsibility to share a message as Alumni of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellowship Programme.We believe that the General Assembly of the United Nations, comprising all 193 Members States, provides a unique and crucial forum for multilateral discussions. For a life in freedom, dignity and security, we urge all participants in this 67th session to exert their responsible leadership and make the dialogue of civilizations an absolute priority. The effort to bridge the cultural divide needs to be redoubled, promoting mutual understanding, trust and respect among and within societies at all levels.
We respect the right of freedom of expression, and are hopeful that all those availing themselves of that right do so in a responsible manner. We believe that any form of provocation can make misunderstanding bigger and feed the spiral of violence.Quoting a recent interview of Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations and former President of the Portuguese Republic, we believe “it’s important to recognize that one person’s contemptible actions do not necessarily represent an entire nation, or everyone in a particular group or of a certain faith”. The overwhelming majority must occupy its rightful place in the dialogue, and not leave it to extremists.
Our group, as well as other networks of cultural ambassadors and global citizens, is most willing to mobilize positive energies and bring our determined contribution to develop diplomatic capital and cross cultural civic engagement.We took the initiative of this Declaration as members of an emerging international community, composed of 200 young leaders from more than 30 countries. Active in the fields of business, media, government and civil society, we all share the founding and lifetime experience of the UNAOC Fellowship Programme, aiming to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding between peoples and societies from Europe, North America and Muslim-majority countries in the Arab World.Thanks to this experience, we were given a unique opportunity to discuss long-term solutions for increased collaboration and friendship between the Western and the Arab world, going far beyond negative stereotypes, learning from each other and leveraging the many values we have in common.We believe in the extraordinary power of dialogue to change perceptions and avoid outdated radicalism and sensationalism. By taking part to the UNAOC Fellowship Programme, we accepted the challenge to apply lessons learned to both our personal and professional lives, in an effort to contribute as humble but committed agents of change.We believe that the Alliance of Civilizations is a timely, rightful and vital UN initiative aimed at improving understanding between the Western world and the Muslim world. Together with such like-minded organizations and programmes promoting intercultural dialogue, it should urgently be given all appropriate means to reach more people, especially young professionals, to raise awareness and reinforce individual and collective capacities to build one humanity out of our diverse cultures.
As we draft this declaration, two new groups of UNAOC Fellows, one from the Arab world and one from the Western world, are getting ready for a two-week discovery trip to Morocco, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, USA, Germany, Belgium and France. During this time, they will meet with policy makers, media leaders, local communities, grassroots organizations, and religious representatives to better understand how each of those societies embraces change. It is our hope that many more Fellows will continue the conversation through similar experiences in the years to come.Cultural diversity is our world’s most meaningful and precious asset. Let’s join our voices and efforts to foster pluralism and address in an appropriate way the alarming rise of all kinds of extremism.
Cédric Baecher (France)
Rabah Ghezali (France)
Gabriela Keseberg Dávalos (Germany)
Ali Aslan (Germany)
Amanda Figueras (Spain)
Victoria Martín de la Torre (Spain)
Carolina Sheinfeld (Spain)
Hafiz Moledina (Canada)
Shawn Lent (USA)
Molly Hellerman (USA)
Mohsin Mohi (USA)
Toni Panetta (USA)
Ted Teague (USA)
Manal Elattir (Morocco)
Sofana Dahlan (Saudi Arabia)
Dala Ghandour (Lebanon)
Haythem Kamel (Egypt)
Kholoud Mansour (Syria)
Wasel Elgayar (Libya)
Abdellah Brahimi (Algeria)
Mohammed Al-Shami (Yemen)
Alumni of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
Fellowship Programme

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Game Change Rio: Ruin the World or Save our Planet?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 maggio 2012

Washington D.C., Zurich, and Frankfurt, Germany,(PRNewswire) A game with a difference is being launched this week: Players can ruin the world or save our planet by opting for choices based on real-world data that has not been publicly available so far. The Facebook game aims to mobilise people to demand action rather than just talk from the Rio+20 summit in June. Game Change Rio offers a great way to engage with the complexities facing our planet today. “Once more of us begin to understand the issues involved, we have a better chance of changing the game,” said Hans Herren, winner of the World Food Prize in 1995, and one of the initiators of the game.Some 20 years ago, the Earth Summit, the United Nations Conference held in Rio de Janeiro, sounded the alarm on the future of our planet. Very little has happened since and Rio+20 was called to address global inertia and make change happen after all. But this follow-up summit is up against many vested interests and only with strong public pressure, is there hope for a game change.
Game Change Rio gives access to real-world data that so far has only been available to experts and policy makers. Based on the Millennium Institute’s Green Economy Model, which was commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the game includes all relevant sectors of the world’s economy and the natural resources available. All of these elements are linked and effects of policies are seen in their full complexity. The model has over 5,000 indicators, and with the 125 policy cards developed, the game has over 100 million possible outcomes.Game Change Rio, the idea of Biovision – Foundation for ecological Development, CodeSustainable and the Millennium Institute, aims to raise awareness for the issues that need to be addressed if future generations are to enjoy life on this planet and goes on to propose solutions to the problems we are facing.To play the game, for further information, interview opportunities and pictures, please go to http://www.gamechangerio.org/media.

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Health Programmes Far Short of Commitments

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 aprile 2012

United Nations, New York, Urgent action is needed to protect and fulfill young people’s human rights, particularly their right to sexual and reproductive health. Only then would they be able to fully contribute to the development of their countries, according to a new United Nations report.In a world of 7 billion people, 1.8 billion are between 10 and 24 years old. Almost all of them live in the developing world. While considerable progress has been made in sound national youth policies in recent years, these policies often lack the necessary investments or are not mainstreamed into national policy agendas, according to Monitoring of Population Programmes, Focusing on Adolescents and Youth, submitted by the United Nations Secretary-General to the 45th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD).“Many assume that all young people have access to information, that most are likely to stay in school, that they postpone entry into the labour force until they finish a degree of education and that they delay marriage and childbearing for when they are ready,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. “However, this is not true for all adolescents and youth across the world. In fact, many of these issues are still a major challenge for the majority of young people in developing countries.”Young people continue to face poverty, high unemployment, inadequate education, poor health and violence, says the report. Millions of girls lack access to sexual and reproductive health services to avoid unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted infections. As a result, an estimated 3 million unsafe abortions took place in developing countries among girls aged 15 to 19 in 2008.“The need to invest in young people is more urgent than ever,” said Dr. Osotimehin. “Now it is time to action.” Unmet need for modern contraception remains at historically high levels, says the report. A study shows that more than 60 per cent of adolescent men and women in four sub-Saharan countries did not know how to prevent pregnancy, and more than one third did not know how to obtain contraceptives. As a result, 41 per cent of all new HIV infections are among those aged 15-24, and 3,000 young people are newly infected every year. Child marriage is still widespread, with 30 per cent of women aged 15 to 19 in least developed countries are married or in union. Up to 60 per cent of sexual assaults are against girls under age 16, and more than 3 million girls worldwide are at risk of female genital mutilation or cutting every year. The report concludes that the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the key actions for its implementation “are still an unfinished agenda for young people in most regions of the world.” “The ICPD Programme of Action provides direction about the policies, programmes and resources that are needed to support adolescents and youth, and countries have reaffirmed and strengthened this direction in many intergovernmental agreements since the ICPD,” said Dr. Osotimehin. “However countries still have much to do to fulfill the rights and aspirations of young people.” An estimated $65 billion was needed in 2010 for population and reproductive health programmes adopted at Cairo, including those that help young people. One third of this amount, about $21.7 billion, was supposed to be invested by donors. However, a recent Secretary-General’s report shows that donor assistance, which has been increasing steadily over the past few years, is slowing down and still falls far short of the commitment of $21.7 billion. That assistance, which was $10.6 billion in 2009, increased slightly to $10.7 billion in 2010, and is projected to reach $11.4 billion in 2011 and $11.9 in 2012.

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Zoomarine festeggia Earth day

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2012

Domenica 22 aprile si festeggia l Earth Day, la giornata dedicata interamente all ambiente e alla salvaguardia del nostro pianeta.Zoomarine, da sempre impegnato nella sensibilizzazione e educazione ambientale, rinnova la partecipazione alla Giornata Mondiale della Terra con molteplici iniziative.Sostenendo il tema ufficiale dell evento Mobilitiamo il Pianeta – Un Miliardo di Azioni Green , Il Parco divertimenti di Roma invita i propri utenti Facebook a diventare Ambasciatori della Terra, attraverso un piccolo gesto green , promosso sulla fanpage ufficiale del Parco. Allo spettacolo dei delfini una bellissima foto d effetto permetterà di urlare al mondo intero: anch io c ero!Grande coinvolgimento del pubblico nella giornata dedicata ai temi ecologici e ambientali, attraverso laboratori e percorsi tematici a stretto contatto con la natura, accompagnati da biologi e educatori.
L Apepita: uno sguardo a 360° sul mondo dell apicoltura. A disposizione dei visitatori strumenti e tecniche utilizzate per imparare a raccogliere il miele e assaggiarlo. E per i più piccoli, coloriamo la casa delle api: bambini e educatori insieme per decorare un arnia.
I saponi di Yoghi: un modo per scoprire come produrre artigianalmente dentifricio, sapone da barba, gel per capelli e, per deliziare anche il palato oltre che la pelle, il lievito madre, fondamentale per ottenere un pane dal gusto unico.Per Corsi: una serie di attività ludiche sul riciclo di materiali con semplici strumenti, oltre a laboratori di Truccabimbi con colori ad acqua atossici e anallergici. Dimani Domani: una sfilata di abiti ecologici, indossati da bambine, introdurrà gli spettacoli. Dimani Domani è un marchio artigianale nato da una relazione indissolubile tra natura e territorio per sfociare in tutta una serie di abiti realizzati esclusivamente a mano e con tessuti naturali. Era Glaciale: una mostra a cielo aperto composta da animali estinti migliaia di anni di anni fa, testimoni di un Era passata quando l uomo era ancora in equilibrio con gli animali e con l ambiente in cui viveva. Le sculture sono ricostruite sulla base di ossa recuperate nella cava di Settepolesini di Bondeno (Ferrara).
FareVerde: una serie di dimostrazioni di compostaggio domestico e informazione su tutte le iniziative e campagne per la tutela e salvaguardia delle dune di Torvaianica e del Parco della Sughereta di Pomezia. Fare Verde è un associazione di protezione ambientale riconosciuta dal Ministero dell Ambiente.

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World failing Pakistan flood victims

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 ottobre 2011

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Caritas says a poor response by the international community to major floods in Pakistan in 2011 is endangering lives.
The Catholic aid network is urging donors to devote more resources to provide food, shelter and clean water to millions of people in need. Heavy monsoon rains began to inundate large areas of southern Pakistan in late July 2011. As the months wore on, the floods swamped villages across the province of Sindh. According to the United Nations, more than five million people are affected. In September, the U.N. called on the international community to donate $357 million US (258 million euros) to the crisis. Despite the scale of the need, the UN appeal has received only 20 percent of the required funding as of mid-October. A Caritas Internationalis appeal for $4.7 million US (3.4 million euros) for food aid, shelter, and medical help is also underfunded with only 25 percent of the appeal covered . Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy said, “The desperate situation in Pakistan needs to be addressed by the international community quickly otherwise we will face an even greater humanitarian crisis. Caritas is providing food, shelter, medical care and other aid to families in Pakistan through the national member Caritas Pakistan, as well as Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a US Caritas member) and Trócaire (Caritas Ireland).

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Climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 ottobre 2011

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Climate change threatens to ‘undermine global prosperity and inflict significant social, economic and environmental costs on the world’, according to a global coalition of companies who today issued an urgent call to action to governments around the world. Shell, Unilever, Acciona, Cemex, Skanska, Philips, Barilla, KLM, Nestlé, Air France, and EDF Energy are among over 175 companies from 29 countries endorsing the 2°C Challenge Communiqué, which calls on governments to agree a ‘robust, equitable and effective agreement’ on climate change at the United Nations’ meeting in Durban, South Africa, in December.
Without such a deal ‘business will have insufficient clarity or certainty of action to invest to its full potential’, the statement says. Time is running out to keep global warming under 2°C and, if they fail to act, governments ‘risk permanent damage to their credibility’; however, the right action would ‘secure a low carbon-emission economy that is more resilient, more efficient and less vulnerable to global shock.’The Communiqué will be launched in a number of cities around the world including London, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Ankara and Johannesburg, by members of the Corporate Leaders’ Network for Climate Action. The aim is to influence governments ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place in Durban in December.Speaking ahead of the launch, the Chair of the UNFCCC negotiations Christiana Figueres said: “Governments have already established a clear, collective path to a low-carbon future but the world will need to cut emissions faster in the coming years to meet the full challenge of climate change. The companies endorsing the 2°C Challenge Communiqué set a great example. Corporate leadership that provides powerful vocal support for action gives governments the greater confidence they need to move forward a global climate change agreement that will ultimately cover the current ambition gap.”As well as a reiterating strong support for a global deal, the companies endorsing the Communiqué challenge governments to take immediate action at the national level. They say ‘we cannot, and should not, wait for a new international treaty to be in place’ but must adopt ‘national policies and measures that ultimately drive action now’.Among the specific policy actions that companies are calling on all countries to adopt are:A carbon price sufficient to drive necessary emissions reductions Effective adaptation programmes
Increased funding for innovation, investment and low-carbon development Help for businesses and consumers to cut emissions by using energy more efficiently Targeted regulation and procurement, together with new thinking on intellectual property rights to encourage low-carbon innovation Action to conserve and increase forests and other land-based carbon sinks
International agreement to establish and maintain strong institutions including a reformed Clean Development Mechanism and an operationalised Green Climate Fund An end to fossil fuel subsidies The 2°C Challenge Communiqué was produced by business leaders from a range of sectors including energy, finance, retail, and manufacturing, via the newly established Corporate Leaders’ Network for Climate Action (CLN). The CLN includes groups from Brazil, Chile, the EU, US, Hong Kong, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and South Africa. The Communiqué is the fifth in a series of statements initiated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change (CLG) and managed and developed by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director of The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change said: “The expansion of the network to include business groups from other countries shows that, far from losing interest in climate change as an issue, there is an emerging and increasingly international consensus amongst enlightened corporate leaders of the need for urgent action. We will be taking signatures up to June next year and look forward to being joined by other businesses.”

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UN Alliance of Civilizations

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 settembre 2011

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Munich / New York, The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group are pooling their expertise in the area of intercultural understanding in a joint initiative, the ‘Award for Intercultural Innovation’. An agreement will be signed today at the UN’s New York Headquarters as part of the 66th UN General Assembly by President Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance, and Konstanze Carreras, Senior Official for Corporate Social Responsibility of the BMW Group. The signature will take place in the presence of ministers from over 130 countries and international organizations and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. The ‘BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation in support of the Alliance of Civilizations under the auspices of the United Nations’ is a unique award in its category, and represents a new kind of partnership between the private sector and the UN system. The partnership will select highly innovative projects that promote exchange and cross-cultural understanding, and hence make a vital contribution to safety and peace in societies around the world. President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, recently stated, “To succeed in bridging our world’s growing divides, we need to launch cutting-edge programs that provide shared solutions to our common problems. Through the Award for Intercultural Innovation, both the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group are fostering imagination and creativity to build collaboration among cultures.” Through its commitment to social entrepreneurship, with programs such as the BMW Group Award and numerous others, the BMW Group has promoted cooperative dialogue between different cultures for decades. In addition to the award itself and the prize money that comes with it, the winners will be able to draw on support and consulting services from the ‘World Intercultural Facility for Innovation’ (WIFI), a program initiated by the UNAOC in cooperation with the BMW Group. The WIFI will help award-winning projects become more efficient and expand, as well as enable their transfer to other contexts or settings. The specific support that projects receive will depend on their individual demands.

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World humanitarian day

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 agosto 2011

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Marking World Humanitarian Day this morning, top United Nations officials recognized the sacrifices made by humanitarian workers around the globe, but stressed that it was also critical to use the event to redouble efforts to help those currently suffering in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere. This year’s theme for the day was “People helping people”, said Ms. Amos, who was joined at a Headquarters press conference by Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). They said that a large focus of the Day’s events in 2011 would be mobilizing support for Somalia and other countries of the Horn of Africa suffering from severe drought and famine. On the African famine, the United Nations system and its partners was doing all that could be done, but were still not reaching enough people to prevent widespread death, she said, emphasizing that some 12 million people were at risk in Somalia alone. Despite the generosity of donors, $1 billion more were still needed. Whether by giving money, or by volunteering or by spreading the word, “we have to do all we can to help the people of the Horn of Africa”, she stressed.
Kenya and other countries in the region were not currently in crisis because they had been working with agencies on sustainability programmes, she noted. Donors should be encouraged to put more money into such resilience activity, with stronger links made between humanitarian response and development, and a focus on such preventive tactics as prepositioning aid. With so many children dying, all those activities had to be increased. In that context, Mr. Lake noted that the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) conference yesterday had published a list of actions that could be taken for adaptation to climate change. He emphasized, however, that in areas like north-west Kenya, pastoralists needed, not only better water supplies, but also education to allow them to make choices and avoid forced resettlement into irrigated agricultural areas.
Thus far, aid delivery had gone well in those areas, he said, paying tribute to the “extraordinary bravery of the people on the ground” from his organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Red Crescent and a number of other non-governmental organizations. Ms. Amos stressed the need to support the efforts of organizations that were able to deliver aid in such areas.

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“Democracy and Development”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 agosto 2011

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New York The New York Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the United Nations Democracy Fund are pleased to announce the launch of a panel on “Democracy and Development”, on Thursday, 1 September, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This panel, intended for members of Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York, will explore the links between democracy and development and ask whether democracy is a necessary element for economic development. This is a vast and complex issue where political rhetoric often supplants rational analysis. The objective of the panel is to eschew the rhetoric and concentrate on the analysis. In his guidance note on democracy, the Secretary-General makes the point that “development is more likely to take hold if people are given a genuine say in their own governance and a chance to share in the fruits of progress”. The issue will be investigated from both theoretical and case study approaches. There are in fact two massive ongoing case studies, which are the differing paths to development adopted by China and India. Both have enjoyed success, and it will be important to draw the lessons from these cases. The panel has distinguished commentators who will no doubt spark a lively debate. The panellists are Zhang Dan, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission China to the United Nations; Morton H. Halperin, a former United States diplomat and senior adviser to the Open Society Foundations, who co-wrote a book entitled The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace; and Roland Rich, a former Australian diplomat and current Executive Head of the United Nations Democracy Fund, whose most recent publication is Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy. Yvonne Lodico, Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and former Special Adviser in Timor-Leste for democratic governance, will co-chair the panel discussion. The event should lead to understanding among the participants of the linkages between democracy and development and enable them to analyse the possible effects of different governance systems on economic development. http://www.un.org/democracyfund.

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