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New record: Translations of Universal Declaration of Human Rights pass 500

GENEVA, Nov. 2, 2016 – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, already the world’s most translated document, is now available in more than 500 translations with the addition of North Bolivian Quechua to the collection. “The growing number of translations underscores the universality of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the power of its […]

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Report: Food and Energy Demand Drives 58 Percent Decline in Global Wildlife Populations

Oct. 26, 2016 – Global populations of vertebrates — mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish — have declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, states a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Animals living in the world’s lakes, rivers, and freshwater systems have experienced the most dramatic population declines, at 81 percent. Because […]

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Climate change: Voters will be hot under the collar by 2099

Oct. 26, 2016 – By 2099 the nature of democratic politics could change in costly ways for politicians because of climate change, says Nick Obradovich of Harvard University in a paper in Springer’s journal Climatic Change. Leveraging a century’s worth of political science research, he predicts that voters’ disgruntlement about the societal effects of climatic […]

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France/UK: Protect Children Before Calais Closes

Calais, October 21, 2016 – France and the United Kingdom should ensure that all unaccompanied children in informal migrant camps in Calais receive adequate accommodation and care before the camps are demolished, Human Rights Watch said today. French authorities have signaled that demolition of the camps, sometimes called the “Jungle” by their residents, will begin […]

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South Africa Signals ICC Withdrawal

Johannesburg, October 21, 2016 – South Africa’s government communicated its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court to the United Nations secretary-general on October 20, 2016. The following quote is attributable to Dewa Mavhinga, Africa division senior researcher: “South Africa’s proposed withdrawal from the International Criminal Court shows startling disregard for justice from a […]

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Of the 1.3 million people dying each year from traffic accidents, 49 per cent are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Oct. 20, 2016 – Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure is contributing to the deaths of millions of people and overlooking a great opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change, a new UN Environment report says today. In Global Outlook on Walking and Cycling, UN Environment calls on countries to […]

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Green transformation ‘unstoppable’ as countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases – UN

Oct. 17, 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have welcomed the landmark deal struck today by nearly 200 countries to reduce the emissions of potent chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerators – a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end […]

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Trade and investment agreements block progress on agroecology and food sovereignty

Oct. 17, 2016 – On World Food Day, a new report from Friends of the Earth International finds that current strategies to raise investment in agriculture are most likely blocking rather than aiding the achievement of food security and food sovereignty. One key reason is that trade and investment agreements focus on attracting agribusiness investments […]

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