Monday’s top stories include: UN chief’s call for de-escalation in global tensions; UNICEF offers help as Australia bushfires continue to rage; condolences following Burkina Faso bus explosion; new shipping regulation to boost health of people and planet; and ILO responds to deadly Cambodia building collapse.
Changing the fashion industry and making it more aware of global humanitarian and environmental concerns, demands expertise, and above all, passion.
That’s the view of Patrick Duffy, the founder of Global Fashion Exchange - an international sustainable fashion platform - who led a UN conference panel this week, on the use of clothing as a vehicle for change.
An attack on a humanitarian convoy in north-east Mali which targeted aid workers has been described by the UN as a “concerning” development.
The theft of vehicles and supplies has happened before, but this is one of the first occasions where humanitarian staff members have been deliberately assaulted.
The incident last Friday left three people from the Danish Refugee Council NGO injured, one seriously.
When people are less equal, there’s more likelihood of social and political unrest; that’s the view of Harvard University Professor and Nobel Laureate, Eric Maskin.
He says that while it was widely expected that globalization would reduce inequality, income disparities between skilled and unskilled workers has only increased in recent years.
The International Monetary Fund’s Bruce Edwards has been talking to Professor Maskin.
Effective social dialogue between governments, workers and employers can improve compliance and produce better workplaces.
That’s according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), which says social dialogue includes all types of negotiation, consultation and an open exchange of information between partners.