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  1. Food aid operation begins to reach two million affected by Myanmar crisis

    - UN News

    Two million people facing growing food insecurity linked to the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar are to receive nutrition assistance, amid rising “hunger and desperation”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday. 

  2. Table Mountain Ablaze in Cape Town

    - Inter Press Service

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Apr 21 (IPS) - Cape Town-based photojournalist Yazeed Kamaldien reported on a massive mountain fire that broke out on Sunday on Table Mountain and near residential areas on its foothills. By this morning, Wednesday 21 April, officials said the fire had been extinguished after three grueling days for firefighters. Firefighters are still monitoring on the ground for any flare-ups.

  3. New Iraqi law ‘major step’ in assisting ISIL’s female victims but more must be done

    - UN News

    A new law in Iraq provides a measure of comfort for women and girls who have survived atrocities of ISIL terrorist fighters, but more must be done, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday. 

  4. Commit to restoring the planet, UN chief says in message for International Mother Earth Day

    - UN News

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for commitment to restoring the planet, and to making peace with nature, in his message to mark International Mother Earth Day, celebrated annually on 22 April.

  5. ILO kicks off Green Week to ‘jump-start’ a sustainable future

    - UN News

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    As the world grapples with the devastating economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN’s labour agency launched ILO Green Week to explore what a green future of work could look like, and how we can get there. 

  6. Russia: Rights experts call for immediate medical evacuation of Alexei Navalny

    - UN News

    Experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council called on Wednesday for the urgent medical evacuation of detained Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, fearing he is in “serious danger” due to deteriorating health and harsh prison conditions. 

  7. Agro-industry Surrounds Xingu Indigenous Territory in Brazil

    - Inter Press Service

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 21 (IPS) - Watatakalu Yawalapiti is 40 years old. She was born in the Amakapuku village, surrounded by a large preserved forest in the heart of Brazil. She spent part of her childhood on the white sands and clear waters of the Tuatuari river. At other times, she would sit in a circle listening to her great-grandfather telling stories, like the one about how the white man would arrive with a huge blade and cut down the trees as one shaves one's body hair.

  8. Ocean benefits increasingly undermined by human activity, UN assessment reveals

    - UN News

    Greater understanding of the ocean is essential if the world is to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve agreed targets on sustainable development and climate action, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in launching a major study on what he called “the life support system of our planet.” 

  9. UN rights chief welcomes verdict in George Floyd murder case

    - UN News

    The guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd murder trial has been welcomed by the UN human rights chief, who said on Wednesday that “any other result would have been a travesty of justice”. 

  10. Earth Day 2021: Passing On a Cleaner World

    - Inter Press Service

    MIDWAY, Utah USA, Apr 21 (IPS) - The writer holds physics M.S. and B.S. degrees from Georgia Tech and DePaul University and is the author of A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary. Preserving the beauty and wonder of our natural world for future generations should certainly be a goal everyone can get behind. While progress is often stymied by polarizing debates, clean air and water should be a priority for everyone.

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