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Monday’s Daily Brief: increasing inequality, human rights and climate, civil war crimes, Ethiopia reforms

New UN development report warns global inequality breeding a “new generation of inequalities”; human rights linked to climate change by senior UN official; intentional starvation in civil wars classified as a war crime, UN rights expert calls for Ethiopia reform support.

News in Brief 9 December 2019

  • Inequality risks splitting society apart ‘on scale not seen since industrial revolution’ 
  • Bachelet: mobilize everywhere to protect climate and dignity for everyone 
  • Official: it’s now a war crime to intentionally starve communities in civil wars 
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UNDP’s Achim Steiner highlights growing inequality between haves and have-nots

The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) – entitled Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century - was launched on Monday, in Bogota, Colombia.  This year’s report shows that a new generation of severe inequalities in human development is emerging, even as the gap is narrowing, on many of the unresolved inequalities of the 20th century.  Achim Steiner, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, talks about the Human Development Report’s main messages to the world.  

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‘Empty lands in Myanmar’ await Rohingya return: UNDP director

Since late August 2017, more than 725,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya have left Rakhine state, across the border into southern Bangladesh, fleeing widespread and systematic ethnic violence. But they left behind at home a ‘vast land not being cultivated’, with an estimated 70% reduction in agricultural production just in Maungdaw District alone, said the UN Development Programme’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, in a recent interview with UN News.https://www.unhcr.org/

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UNDP report shows steady development progress for Pacific Island States

The 2017 Human Development Index covers 189 countries, including 10 Pacific Island States; the largest survey in the region to date.  In an interview for UN News, Matthew Johnson-Idan, Development Economist from UNDP Fiji, said the geography of the Pacific was unique, resulting in “some clear special challenges for this region”.

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Off-screen, lead ‘Game of Thrones’ actor takes up arms to defend the planet

It would be a stretch to describe Jaime Lannister, the character in the hit TV Show Game of Thrones, played by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, as a positive role model.

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UN development agency provides lifeline to Gaza lifeguards, in bid to keep workers from debtors’ prison

If Bilal Bashir, a Palestinian fisherman and lifeguard living on the coast of the Gaza Strip, does not get work over the summer months, he risks being sent to debtors’ prison.

Better trained, educated youth are key to development across Timor-Leste: UNDP

With nearly three-quarters of Timor-Leste’s population under 35-years-old, young people need better education, skills and training to boost development across the Southeast Asian nation.

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Upcoming election among 'positive' signs in Zimbabwe: UN official

The international community is being urged to provide greater support to Zimbabwe as it strives to achieve development goals.

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'Thousands' of ceasefire violations every month in Ukraine point to a 'forgotten' conflict

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine believes the grinding four-year conflict in the east is being “forgotten” with thousands of ceasefire violations being recorded each month.

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