Independent UN rights expert calls for unilateral sanctions to be dropped against Venezuela by UN News, 2/14/21
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At the end of a two‐week visit to Venezuela, an independent UN human rights expert noted on Friday that unilateral sanctions imposed on the country have exacerbated pre‐existing crises, calling for them to be dropped.
“The devastating effect of sanctions imposed is multiplied by extra-territoriality and over‐compliance adversely affecting public and private sectors, Venezuela citizens, non‐
governmental organizations, third country national and companies”,said Alena Douhan, Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights.
Imposed by the United States, European Union as well as other countries, the sanctions have sparked economic, humanitarian and development crises, devastating the entire population, especially those living in extreme poverty, women, medical workers, individuals with life‐threatening diseases and indigenous peoples.
'Why we in Panama stand ready to lead global efforts on ocean conservation' by Milciades Concepción, 2/20/2021
Milciades Concepción is the minister of the environment for Panama
As sea levels continue to rise, its impact is already becoming clear in countries across the globe. Panama is perhaps uniquely placed as it is located at the centre of both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Escalating global temperatures are raising the risk of islands and coastline in Panama being lost to the sea ‐ like many other places across the globe. As temperatures and emissions have increased, so too have ocean acidification, saltwater intrusion, coastal erosion and sea levels, causing cascading consequences for Panama’s resource-rich marine coastlines.
Environment minister Milciades Concepción says the goal of protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 is within reach if countries work collaboratively.
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Jamaica Tourism Minister calls for fair and united approach needed in global distribution of vaccines by Linda Hohnholz for eTN, 2/28/21
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Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has called for a fair and united approach to the global distribution of COVID–19 vaccines, amid growing criticism worldwide, that advanced countries are hoarding supplies of vaccines, while poor countries are not being given access to the life–saving medication. This he feels further threatens the economic recovery of tourism dependent states and the global economy overall.
Minister Bartlett vented his concerns while speaking yesterday, during the latest instalment in the Edmund Bartlett lecture series, hosted virtually by the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre. The highly anticipated session was held under the theme: Restarting Economies through Tourism: Vaccine Politics, Global Priorities and Destination Realities.
Dear future children, ‘a film about young activists made by young filmmakers’ by Michelle Langrand for Geneva Solutions 3/7/21
Film still of Rayen, one of the protagonists of Dear Future Children.
Twenty—one year old filmmaker Franz Böhm travelled to Uganda, Chile and Hong Kong to follow three young activists in their battles for the environment, against inequality and for democracy. Dear Future Children is a film about his generation.
Hilda paces around in circles in a glass-walled lobby. Absorbed in her notes, she waves one hand as she reads through her speech. She looks up and anxiously takes a deep breath. In a few moments, she will be calling for urgent climate action at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.