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Suriname is considered a carbon negative country because its rainforests absorb more emissions than the country itself emits. Thick green foliage seems to be everywhere, even on the outskirts of the capital Paramaribo, which itself is dotted with bustling markets and cultural centers. Saturday UN Secretary General António Guterres saw firsthand the commitment of the …

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Haitian children at the mercy of armed gangs as schools close – Global Issues

Steve (not his real name) dreamed of becoming a school teacher when his life was turned upside down last year. Due to an upsurge in gang-related violence in his area, his school was closed and the 15-year-old roamed the streets at the mercy of the armed groups. “I joined the gang in February 2021. They …

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What COVID-19 has taught us about risk in a complex, interconnected world — Global Issues

From the mangroves of West Bengal to the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia, from the bustling port city of Guayaquil in Ecuador to the tropical shores of southern Togo, the systemic risks associated with COVID-19 the pandemic has been exposed in harsh human conditions. Millions of people who were already barely making ends meet, often working …

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Migrant deaths in Libyan desert ‘wake-up call’ for increased protection – Global Issues

“The death of 20 people yesterday in the Libyan desert is another wake-up call for the entire international community and a reminder that we are very far from achieving the goal of leaving no one behind,” the mantra Agenda 2030” said Federico Soda, head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Libya. “Unacceptable …

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Women in Afghanistan kill themselves out of desperation, Human Rights Council hears – Global Issues

This comes after the UN’s main human rights forum in Geneva agreed to a request from member states for a rare urgent debate on the issue this Friday. Addressing the Council, Fawzia Koufi, former vice speaker of the Afghan parliament, said lack of opportunity and poor mental health are taking a toll: “Every day at …

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UN Ocean Conference Ends with Call for More Ambitious and Global Commitment to Tackle the Terrible State of the Ocean — Global Issues

recognizing past “collective failure” in the conference’s final declarationworld leaders have called for greater action to address the dire state of the ocean, and candidly admitted that they are “deeply alarmed by the global emergency facing the ocean.” At the closing, UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Soares thanked the co-organizers – Portugal …

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Human rights experts urge lawmakers to uphold women’s convention – Global Issues

The UN Committee on Women’s Rights said the US is one of seven countries in the world that are not parties to an international convention that protects women’s human rights, including their right to sexual and reproductive health. “The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) urges the United States of America to …

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UN human rights chief alarmed by security killings of protesters – Global Issues

The High Commissioner said in a statement that the deaths took place: “even after the police announced that they would not use lethal force to disperse the demonstrators. Protests in the capital Khartoum and elsewhere marked the third anniversary of major demonstrations that led to the ouster of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. Thousands on the …

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The world is melting, and the cause is corruption – G20 needs to act – Global Issues

The G20 needs to strengthen regulatory bodies among its members and expand sanctions for violating anti-money laundering requirements. Opinion Sanjita Pant, Blair Glencore (Washington) Friday, July 1, 2022 Inter Press Service WASHINGTON, DC, July 1 (IPS) — Indonesia will host the G20 meeting next week for the second time this year, at a time when …

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As global food and fuel crisis deepens, Lebanon crisis affects ‘everyone, everywhere’ – Global Issues

Since last year, the number of people in dire need of support up 46 percentThis was stated by the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon and UN Resident. ent coordinator and humanitarian aid coordinator for Lebanon, speaking in Geneva. 2.2 million vulnerable – and the number is growing “The crisis in Lebanon affects everyone, everywhere …

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