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

    - UN News

    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.

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

    - Inter Press Service

    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, have already degraded one fifth of the planet’s land area.

    “Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic and there is no vaccine to cure it.”

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

    - UN News

    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.

  4. UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries

    - UN News

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    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. 

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

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - In 1956, the Caribbean held its first major scientific meeting, organised by the Standing Advisory Committee for Medical Research in the British Caribbean. At the time, the Mayaro Virus, a dengue-like viral disease often called ‘jungle flu’ had just been identified as a new human disease agent by W.G Downs and G.H Wattley in Trinidad.

  6. Apocalypse Now? Christian Fundamentalists and COVID-19

    - Inter Press Service

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 17 (IPS) - Like most male Swedes of my age I had to enter obligatory military service for almost a year. In my barrack was a “born-again-Christian” who when he became angry shouted “Now you mock me, but when the Last Judgement has come I will sit in heaven and smile down at you while you burn in Hell!” Since then I have wondered about the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation. It was written by a frustrated Christian man who by the end of 100 CE by Roman authorities had been deported to an isolated island where he wrote a long letter to Christian congregations in Asia Minor.

    Getting hard to breathe
    hard to believe in anything
    at all, but fear.
    Peter Gabriel, Mother of Violence

  7. Will a British ICC Chief Prosecutor be Brave Enough to Investigate UK & its Allies?

    - Inter Press Service

    LONDON, Jun 17 (IPS) - As British barrister Karim Khan QC begins his term as ICC chief prosecutor, his first steps should be to proceed with investigations into alleged war crimes involving UK allies in Afghanistan and Palestine.

  8. Prison was Horrible but I Will Still do my Work as a Journalist - Jeffrey Moyo Upon Prison Release

    - Inter Press Service

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 16 (IPS) - International correspondent Jeffrey Moyo, who was a released from detention today after being arrested for breaching Zimbabwe’s Immigration Act by helping two foreign journalists work in the country, says press freedom is undermined when journalists cannot work undeterred.

  9. To Reverse Food Insecurity Build a Climate Resilient Agricultural Sector

    - Inter Press Service

    URBANA, Illinois, Jun 16 (IPS) - The number of people facing acute food insecurity has hit a five-year high, according to a recently released annual report by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) - an international alliance of the United Nations, the European Union, governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises. In addition, the report noted that 28 million people were one step away from starvation. This was attributed to conflict, economic shocks due to COVID-19 and climate change associated weather events.

  10. Milestone moment for UN principles on business and human rights, but abuses persist

    - UN News

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    Although more companies are committing to respect human rights, gaps and challenges remain, UN experts said on Wednesday in assessing a decade of standards for business that take the wellbeing of people and the planet into consideration. 

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