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73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73)

Women - 18. September 2018 - 14:39

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will be held from 18 September – 5 October 2018, in New York City. More information here.

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MIGNEX: aligning migration management and the migration-development nexus

ODI - 1. September 2018 - 0:00
The largest-ever European-funded research project on migration, MIGNEX will be carried out in 25 communities across ten countries over five years.
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Mapping the gap: barriers and opportunities for CS in VNRs

Women - 11. Juli 2018 - 15:32
Mapping the gap: barriers and opportunities for CS in VNRs

Save the Date!

The Women’s Major Group invites you to join the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) at the “Mapping the gap: barriers and opportunities for CS in VNRs” Meeting.

Date: 11 July 2018

Time: 13:15 – 14:30

Venue: Conference Room 7 in the UN Conference Building

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ALIGN webinar: cross-country perspectives on gender norms

ODI - 10. Juli 2018 - 0:00

Gender norms are the often implicit, informal rules by which people live that can lead to harmful attitudes, behaviours and actions such as violence and discrimination against women and girls. These are complex but critical concepts that need to be understood for better development policy and programming. While quality evidence on how to shift gender norms is growing, improved monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of evidence is vital for sustainable change.

The Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN) project, led by ODI and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a new initiative connecting those working on social and gender norms across a range of sectors and issues. Its aim is to further knowledge sharing and innovation to ensure evidence and learning on norm change informs more effective policy and practice.

This webinar introduces the ALIGN platform and discusses some of the key debates and concepts shaping cutting-edge development work on addressing harmful gender norms. Drawing from ODI’s research on gender norms alongside the experiences of projects in Uganda and India, the panel discusses:

  • What are the key concepts and evidence for understanding gender norm change?
  • How can programmes better respond to emerging evidence and context-specific dimensions of gender norms?
  • What challenges, opportunities and learnings can be drawn from projects in Uganda and India to inform policy and practice?

Register your attendance here. 

Biographies

Dr. Suzanne Petroni is Principal & Owner at Gender Equality Solutions and an expert in gender equity and the health and rights of women and youth.

Dr. Caroline Harper is Head of Programme and Principal Research Fellow for the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Programme at the Overseas Development Institute, where she leads the Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN) project.

Dr. Ravi Verma is Regional Director for the Asia Regional Office of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in new Delhi, India.

Lori Michau is Co-Director for Raising Voices, a feminist non-profit organisation based in Kampala, Uganda working to prevent violence against women and children.

 

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High-level Political Forum 2018: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”

Women - 9. Juli 2018 - 14:29

This year, the HLPF on Sustainable Development with the theme: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.  The three-day ministerial meeting of the forum will be from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 17.  Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
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Save the Date! WMG strategy meeting for HLPF 2018

Women - 8. Juli 2018 - 14:10

The Women’s Major Group Meeting for the High-level Political Forum 2018 is going to be held in New York, on July 8. Time and venue TBD.

 

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Improving mental health care in humanitarian crises

ODI - 5. Juli 2018 - 0:00
What are the opportunities and challenges to providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies? This event launches the latest HPN magazine.
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Should We Fear the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

#ALERT - vor 9 Stunden 43 Minuten

Ready.  Fire.  Aim.

That seems to be the emerging strategy of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the China-led mega-bank that wants to supercharge development across half the planet.

ALERT scientists have just analyzed the AIIB’s draft "Transport Sector Strategy" — which describes how the Bank will jump-start new roads, railways, sea ports, airports, development corridors, and other transport infrastructure.

We’re doing this because the final date for commenting on the AIIB’s draft strategy is July 4 — just ten days away.

We’ll be sending the AIIB our comments.  And we need you to send your comments — and ask your friends and organizations too.  It’s as easy as sending an email, as we explain below.

IN A NUTSHELL

Our scientific assessment of the draft AIIB Transport Strategy?

We’re flat-out scared by what we saw — and just as scared by what we didn’t see.

And if we’re scared, you should be scared too — because ALERT includes some of the world’s top environmental researchers, including leading experts on infrastructure and its consequences (for example, see this website).

THREE THINGS

Before telling you why we’re so worried, remember three things about the AIIB:

1.  It’s a multi-lateral lender, like the World Bank

In theory, that means it’s supposed to place as much weight on goals such as poverty alleviation, human rights, and the environment as it does on making money.

It’s also supposed to be working for the broader good — not as a de-facto instrument for advancing Chinese geopolitical and economic interests.

These are big issues.  Although more than 80 nations have joined the AIIB as partners, China clearly holds the lion’s share of power.  And China tends to do what benefits China.

2.  The AIIB is not just targeting Asia

For example, one of the AIIB’s biggest goals is supporting China’s Belt & Road Initiative — some 7,000 individual projects that will stretch across the South Pacific to Southeast Asia, Indochina, East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and much of Africa.

3.  The AIIB wants to be a game-changer

It wants to supercharge infrastructure by drawing in many other public and private investors, bulldozing impediments, and promoting ‘transformative’ projects that will initiate cyclones of further development.

WHY FEAR THE AIIB’S STRATEGY?

We could write a hundred pages here, but we’ll focus on three key issues:

Scary Point 1: The AIIB strategy is astoundingly incomplete.  Its only real allusions to ‘greening infrastructure’ involve reducing carbon emissions — by reducing traffic jams and vaguely attempting to slim down massive emissions from project construction.

This is ridiculous.  In the many remote and wild areas where AIIB-supported projects will be constructed, far and away the biggest impacts of infrastructure expansion are to open lands to a Pandora’s box of new environmental pressures — such as deforestation, habitat fragmentation, fires, wildlife poaching, illegal mining, and land-grabbing.

This Pandora’s-box issue is so central to infrastructure that failing even to mention it — or identify strategies for managing and reducing it — should set alarm bells ringing everywhere.

Scary Point 2: While unleashing an infrastructure cyclone, the AIIB scheme doesn’t even mention the desperate need for Strategic Land-Use Planning and Strategic Environmental Assessments.

That’s like trying to do major surgery while wearing a blindfold.

Our natural world is a complex mosaic of biodiversity hotspots, critical migration corridors for wildlife, remnant habitats for endangered species, and rare ecosystems.  

According to WWF, the Belt & Road will impact hundreds of threatened species including Tigers, Giant Pandas, and Saiga Antelope, and around 1,800 Important Bird Areas, Key Biodiversity Areas, Global Biodiversity Hotspots, and Global 200 Ecoregions.

Hence, the AIIB wants to slice and dice the Earth with thousands of transportation, energy, water, and other infrastructure projects – unguided by the biggest thing we need to avoid disastrous outcomes: strategic planning.

Scary Point 3: Perhaps the biggest defining feature of the AIIB is its desire to move fast — blasting ahead at warp speed.

But speed makes it hard to have good governance — to detect and ferret out corruption.

Speed makes it hard to see environmental and social dangers, many of which are not simple or obvious.

And speed increases risks to investors — elevating the chances that projects will fail — wasting public money, stranding assets, and incurring big foreign debts for host nations.

When it comes to infrastructure, speed can be deadly

WHAT CAN I DO?

Write to the AIIB and tell them you have great concerns about their draft Transport Sector Strategy (Email: ts.consultation@aiib.org).  Please emphasize the following, in your own words:

1.     AIIB-supported projects should not begin without first completing strategic land-use, environmental, and social planning for each geographic region.

2.     The AIIB’s view of the environment is far too narrow — protecting biodiversity, critical habitats, key wildlife corridors, and rare ecosystems needs much more emphasis.

3.     The AIIB must limit the Pandora's Box of illegal or unplanned activities that typically follows big infrastructure projects — especially by avoiding projects in wild or rare ecosystems.

4.     The AIIB’s intent to move ‘efficiently and rapidly’ creates serious dangers that major environmental, social, and economic dangers will be missed prior to project approval.

5.     The AIIB’s “Environmental and Social Framework" is vague, toothless, and poorly regarded by scientific experts.

6.     The AIIB will face major reputational risks and strong global resistance if it proceeds without fundamentally revising its draft Transport Sector Strategy.

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CODESRIA Bulletin

CODESRIA - 23. Juni 2018 - 15:33

CODESRIA Bulletin has historically been the front for engaging intellectual debates for the Council. First published in the mid-1970s, the Bulletin gained a reputation for its provocative, critically engaging and informative debates, making it one of the most priced assets of the Council. Following a recent review of the Council's intellectual agenda and work, the Bulletin has been earmarked to remain and reposition itself as the space for rigorous intellectual engagement on critical Panafrican issues. The Bulletin will aim to re-establish its relevance and consolidate its leading position in stimulating discussion, exchanging information and facilitating cooperation amongst researchers working on and in Africa. The Council is working tirelessly to keep the Bulletin current over the next three months with thought-provoking debates and review essays. For a start, do not miss Mahmood Mamdani's inciting review essay and Sabelo Ndlovu's critical reflections on epistemic violence in CODESRIA Bulletin 1&2 2018. To download the latest issue of the Bulletin: http://www.codesria.org/spip.php?article2860&lang=en

After months of reflection, we are delighted to announce a rapid process of ensuring the Bulletin is current and carries some of the most provocative and engaging debates.

Godwin Murunga
Executive Secretary

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How cooperatives contribute to sustainable consumption and production

UNSDN - 22. Juni 2018 - 22:15

Cooperatives are a powerful economic and social force, present in most countries of the world and in most sectors of the economy. The cooperative movement counts more than a billion members.

Achieving sustainable development means that we will have to rethink the ways in which we produce and consume goods and services. For our planet to sustain a growing population, it will be necessary to protect and use the limited natural resources our world has to offer responsibly.

How are cooperatives making change happen towards SDG12 – ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns? Here are a few examples from the field.

Coop Italy is a system of consumer cooperatives that operates the largest supermarket chain in the country. With environmental sustainability as a core activity of the cooperative, Coop Italy has committed to further developing its line of organic and Ecolabel-certified own brand products, using its own brand fruit cultivation methods to keep chemical residue below legal limits and monitoring the sustainability and resource use of its Coop brand production suppliers. On the consumer side, the cooperative educates shoppers by integrating the ideas of the three R’s (reduction, reuse, recycling) in all of its Coop brand product packaging, including using recycled materials, minimizing packaging and setting up refill stations.

The Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Cooperative (SCCC) of Japan combines good business practices with social and ecological principles and a vision of a community- and people-centred economy. SCCC began in 1965, when a Tokyo housewife organized 200 women to buy 300 bottles of milk. Seikatsu Club has since grown its buying activities to include production, distribution, consumption, disposal, social services, the environment and politics. The cooperative’s goal is to create a new lifestyle that protects the environment and overall health of the planet. One of SCCC’s mantras is “safe food at reasonable prices”. When the Club cannot find products of adequate quality to meet its ecological or social standards, it produces them itself, as has been the case for milk and soap. The cooperative emphasizes direct contact between producers and consumers to humanize the market, particularly in food production.

Non-sustainable farming techniques and post-harvest storing methods have resulted in the loss of large amounts of crops in South Africa. The IMAI Farming Cooperative is a women’s cooperative that has partnered with non-profits and government institutions to turn surplus fresh vegetable produce into pickles. Through this initiative the cooperative in- creases the incomes of its members by adding value to their products while also reducing food waste. The members chop surplus vegetables into small pieces and store them in an acidic solution to create different types of “atchar”, a kind of pickle for local consumption. IMAI Farming Cooperative also encourages organic farming as part of its activities.to include production, distribution, consumption, disposal, social services, the environment and politics. The cooperative’s goal is to create a new lifestyle that protects the environment and overall health of the planet. One of SCCC’s mantras is “safe food at reasonable prices”. When the Club cannot find products of adequate quality to meet its ecological or social standards, it produces them itself, as has been the case for milk and soap. The cooperative emphasizes direct contact between producers and consumers to humanize the market, particularly in food production.

Tourism is a sector where unsustainable consumption and production patterns can impact the environment, including food waste, damage to natural reserves, excessive water use and carbon footprint of air travel, among others. The Midcounties Cooperative travel business is the third largest travel agent in the UK and promotes sustainable tour- ism in collaboration with the Travel Foundation charity. In the last ten years, they have funded more than £10 million for sustainable tour- ism promoting local culture and products, income generating opportunities and environmental protection in different areas around the world. Their initiatives include establishing linkages between lo- cal farmers and all-inclusive hotels in Turkey that are sourcing their produce from sustainable producers; helping Mexican women set up their own businesses and sell their honey-based beauty products to hotels and tourists; and developing an educational map to inform tourists about the threatened marine bays around Fethiye in Turkey to help reduce the environmental impacts of boat trips and coast- al tourism on important habitats for turtles and other marine life.

In Togo, the Cooperative of Young Professional Producers of Organic Pineapple (CJPPAB) produces a special type of pinapple called pain de sucre (sugar bread) destined for the Italian market. The CJPPAB has 1,018 young members, of which 367 are women. The members produce 10,000 tonnes of pineapple in a year and use only organic farming practices without any application of chemicals. Assistance and training was provided by Coopermondo, the international development cooperation association of the Confederation of Italian Cooperatives, and the project received funding from six Italian cooperative banks and Federcasse, the apex organisation for cooperative banks in Italy. The cooperation between the cooperative movements in Togo and Italy allowed them to exchange experiences and resulted in new market opportunities for the Togolese farmers.

The speed by which people replace their old devices with new ones has created huge amounts of electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste). E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream, and it is hazardous, complex and costly to treat. Heaps of e-waste end up in landfills or are exported to and dumped in develop- ing countries. In Bolivia, formal mechanisms for waste management are limited, so most people store their old electronic equipment or leave it to be picked up by informal collectors. A group of solid waste pickers in La Paz (the Association of Recycling Collectors and Sorters of La Paz, ARALPAZ) formed a cooperative in 2006 to overcome the waste collection challenges. Their 40 members earn a better income through recycling in total about 194 tonnes of solid waste on a daily basis, including plastic, cardboard, metals, used clothing, glass and occasionally e-waste. The collectors do not focus on e-waste alone, because this requires more specialization and involves higher costs to collect and dissassemble. They sell the e-waste at an informal market and looking into supply it to recycling companies. The collective massing of other recyclable material has enabled individual waste pickers to accumulate sufficiently large volumes to sell directly to businesses and negotiate better prices.

In Switzerland, the major retail cooperative Coop has developed its own line of fair trade organic clothing called Coop Naturaline. In 2013, they adopted the Guideline on Textiles and Leather, which regulates the minimum social, ecological and toxicological requirements in both the cultivation of raw textile materials and their further processing and improves transparency in the supply chain. They advocate for reducing the use of chemicals, recycling old textiles and promoting the use of fairly traded organic cotton.

In India, the Chetna Organic cooperative has organized 15,279 cotton farmers into 978 farmer self-help groups which are clustered into 13 district cooperatives. An international supply chain coalition was created (ChetCo) linking the organic cotton cooperative farmers with 16 ethical textile brands, such as Loomstate in the US, to promote sustainable clothing production from seed to cloth. Chetna Organic trains farmers in applying eco-friendly production practices, such as the production of bio-inputs like organic com- posting and bio pesticides such as chili-garlic solution. The cooperative also promotes collective ownership of machinery that improves productivity, like tractors, tillers, seed cleaners and graders. Inefficient water use is an important challenge in Indian cotton production. Different measures are taken by the cooperative to protect natural resources, manage watersheds and harvest water for supplemental irrigation. The variety of seeds is also under threat with the dominance of GMO seeds in cotton production. Chetna Organic wants to protect local varieties from extinction and is working to preserve seed sovereignty. The establishment of seed banks is one of their strategies to collect and maintain local seeds.

Source: COPAC

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Science, technology and innovation crucial to ‘transformative impact’ of Development Goals

UNSDN - 22. Juni 2018 - 21:24

If everyone is to enjoy a future of peace, dignity and opportunity, then science, technology and innovation need to be at the heart of the race to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, a Forum at UN Headquarters heard on Tuesday.

“No one can ignore the vital role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in advancing the transformative impact” of the 2030 Agenda, said Marie Chatardová, President of the Economic and Social Council, as the two-day STI Forum got underway.

The UN has a clearly stated mission outlined in the 2030 Agenda: “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.”

The meeting brings together UN officials, leaders in the field of science and technology and others, to share sustainable technology expertise, and explore collaboration efforts to achieve SDGs.

“The aspirations of the 2030 Agenda cannot be through business as usual,” Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet for the UN Secretary-General told the forum.

While rapidly changing new technologies – in fields such as artificial intelligence and robotics – have immense promise, she cautioned that they also carry risks which must be considered, such as exacerbating inequality.

“No one can ignore the vital role of science technology and innovation,” stressed Liu Zhenmin, Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), while also pointing out that everyone must work consciously “to magnify benefits and limit negative impacts.”

This year, the Forum zeros in on the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation for sustainable and resilient societies” focusing on the multiple Goals that straddle the field of scientific innovation.

According to Mr. Liu, the SDGs cannot be achieved without STI.

“We are in the right place at the right time,” he assured the group, emphasizing that all stakeholders needed to be actively engaged, stay abreast of the transformative changes underway and work continuously to harness them for our common good.

“Through our collective endeavor, we will be able to eradicate poverty, ensure wellbeing for all peoples and protect the richness of the life and nature of our planet,” he concluded.

Source: UN DESA

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Towards Zero Hunger Conference

UN SDSN - 22. Juni 2018 - 18:24

On August 30th and 31st, 2018, Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will host an international SDG-conference on the theme Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact. This event is one of many activities to celebrate Wageningen’s 100th anniversary.

The conference will focus on SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 17 (create partnerships). Speakers include:

  • Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
  • Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
  • Ertharin Cousin, Former President of the World Food Programme
  • Louise O. Fresco, President of Wageningen University & Research

Speakers will discuss innovative transformative pathways to achieve the SDGs, and engage with the audience throughout the event. To tackle the challenges of the SDGs, various stakeholders from government, academia, industry, and civil society will discuss governance, balancing synergies and trade-offs, the evidence base for sustainable food systems, and the future of collaboration. As the leading institute in food and agriculture, WUR feels committed to contribute to the SDGs in general and Zero Hunger in particular.

A full overview of sessions and side-events is available on the conference website. Students and young professionals are further invited to participate in a foodathon to work on local solutions for the global challenges. The Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute will lead the way forward, involving the next generations in the challenges of Zero Hunger.

Join the conference and get involved in this international ambition! ​​We look forward to seeing you in the Netherlands on 30-31 August!

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This is the Dawning of the The Age of “The Aquarius”

UN Dispatch - 22. Juni 2018 - 15:08

The story of the MS Aquarius and its 627 passengers is becoming the story of international migration today — and it is a story of wealthy countries turning their backs on vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

On June 9, Italy refused to grant entry to the MS Aquarius, an NGO rescue ship operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders. Nearby Malta also refused to grant entry, causing the two governments to snipe at each other over social media as to who should take responsibility. After the Eastern Mediterranean route to Greece was largely cut off with the EU-Turkey deal in 2016, many migrants have opted to cross from Libya, placing the burden heavily on Italy to process and care for the asylum seekers who come over. With the formation of a new populist coalition government in Italy between the anti-immigrant and anti-EU parties of the 5-Star Movement and the Northern League, the Aquarius offered the first opportunity for the Italian to push back on its de facto role of welcome mat for the EU.

That left 629 migrants stuck at sea, including some who had been rescued by Italian Coast Guard ships and then transferred to the Aquarius. After days of bickering, Spain ultimately agreed to allow the ship to dock at Valencia, which still left the ship at sea for several days. To help ease the logistical problems, France also agreed to take in some of the asylum seekers aboard the Aquarius while it was enroute to Spain.

The agreement between Spain and France was a rare show of unity on an issue that continues to polarize politics throughout the EU. But it also illustrates how anti-immigrant sentiment has captured the EU.

Some of the migrants aboard the Aquarius are certainly economic migrants, but initial processing in both France and Spain revealed that many were likely legitimate asylum seekers who have the legal right to seek asylum. But rather than search for real solutions, politician frame these journeys as illegal immigration, the NGO rescue ships who help them as human traffickers, and wash their hands of responsibility, even as they potential make the situation facing these refugees back home worse.

On the other side of the world, similar drama is unfolding along the US-Mexico border.

Decades of political and economic instability has led to several countries in Central America mired in violence, generally between armed gangs and the government. The violence has reached such a level that starting in 2014, the number of people from countries such as El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala seeking asylum along the southern US border drastically increased. With the election of President Trump and his anti-immigrant stance, these asylum seekers are now being caught between international legal obligations regarding asylum and US politics.

Starting in April, the Trump administration launched a “zero tolerance” policy regarding those crossing the border. Those who do not cross at a designated port of entry are now being prosecuted for improper entry, a federal misdemeanor under US law, regardless of circumstances. Because children cannot be detained in the same facilities as their parents while they undergo legal prosecution, thousands of children are being separated from their families. Many of these children are only separated for a few hours, but the increase in prosecutions means that at least 2,300 children have been sent to their own detention facilities, where the current average stay is around two months.

The issue of family separation at the border has renewed the immigration debate in the US. While the administration claims it is just following existing laws, recent reports highlight that the policy is actually designed to be a punitive measure aimed at dissuading people from seeking asylum in the US. Attorney General Jeff Sessions further limited the ability of Central Americans to seek asylum by overruling existing immigration court rulings and deciding that gang violence does not constitute a valid grounds for asylum. Thus, many who are currently seeking asylum along the border or within US courts now face deportation to their home countries, even in the face of likely death if they return.

Much like in Europe, these policies serve as a knee-jerk reaction to anti-immigrant sentiments rather than real solutions to the problems at hand. Seeking asylum is a legal right, and in this case there are good reasons to classify these migrants as refugees fleeing armed conflict rather than as asylum seekers. The same could be said for Venezuelans, who are seeking asylum in the US in record numbers while also flooding neighboring countries such as Colombia and Brazil. But instead of engaging with the issues causing people to flee, the US is merely turning them away and shutting the door behind them.

The number of displaced people around the world – including refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs – hit record highs in 2017 with 68.5 million people displaced.

These numbers are largely fueled by the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, along with new and growing crises in Venezuela, Myanmar and the DRC. But as the need for humanitarian action increases, governments around the world are increasingly clamping down on refugee resettlement and asylum claims. 

UNHCR estimates that an average of 44,000 people were forcibly displaced each day in 2017. It is the culmination of a trend that started in 2012. In that six year span, there has been a 235% increase in the number of people forcibly displaced around the world, from 29.1 million in 2012 to the 68.5 million reported by UNHCR this week. Yet rather than address the root causes of this displacement, or help those who cannot return homes, governments are enacting stricter refugee and asylum policies to block aid to those who need it most.

The EU and US are not alone in this attitude. From mass deportations of Afghans from Pakistan and the deportation of Rohingya refugees from India and Bangladesh, to Australia’s harsh offshore detention policies and dwindling humanitarian resources for existing refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East, the world as a whole is turning its back.

But again, for the sixth year in a row, forced displacement is at an all-time high. It is clear that the current trend towards criminalizing asylum seeking and turning refugees away at the border does nothing to quell the numbers of those who need help. Until the root causes are addressed, political will should be focused on helping refugees and asylum seekers find safety.

The post This is the Dawning of the The Age of “The Aquarius” appeared first on UN Dispatch.

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CODESRIA Bulletin, Nos 1 & 2, 2017

CODESRIA - 22. Juni 2018 - 13:17

In this issue / Dans ce numéro

0- Editorial 1
Divine Fuh

1- I speak, I lie!,
Tekletsadik Belachew 4

2- Who is setting Africa's intellectual agenda?,
Patience Mususa 5

3- What if democracy itself were the problem?,
Elísio Macamo 7

4- Africa Rising, Afro-pessimism – or Racial Capitalism?,
Jordanna Matlon 9

5- La renaissance africaine ? Épître pour redonner son sens à un mot chargé d'histoire et porteur des enseignements du passé,
Fatou Kine Camara 11

6- Africa and Industrialisation: What Role for the Research Community?
Theresa Moyo 14

7- The Cheetah Generation: The Birth of the Captains of Industry in Africa?
Horman Chitonge 16

8- Urban Studies: A View from the Continent's Southern Tip
Sophie Oldfield 18

9- L'Afrique et son potentiel rural mondial
Carl Manlan 19

10- African Auxiliaries, Cultural Translation and Vernacularising Missionary Medicine in Colonial North-Western Zambia
Walima T. Kalusa 21

11- La sociologie africaine : un paradigme de rêve
Nfally Diémé 22

12- Emerging Trends for Psychology in Africa
Shose Kesi 24

13- African Social Sciences and the Study of the Economy: Building an Independent Pan-African Infrastructure
Vito Letarzo 27

14- Rethinking Sexuality from Africa
Thomas Hendriks and Rachel Spronk 28

15- Comment renouveler le débat sur le développement en Afrique ? Notes introductives au débat
Moussa Mbaye 33

16- Capital in the Twenty-first Century: A Critical Engagement with Piketty
Alemayehu Geda 36

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A sugar tax to tackle NCDs?

Devex - 21. Juni 2018 - 18:16
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Towards sustainable cocoa: financial solutions for smallholders in Côte d’Ivoire

OECD - 21. Juni 2018 - 17:15
By Adeline Dontenville, Land-use and Finance Expert, EU REDD Facility, European Forest Institute When you buy a chocolate bar, it’s quite likely that the cocoa in it came from Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s top producer. If so, it is almost certain that the cocoa plants were grown where dense rainforest once stood. Expansion of cocoa … Continue reading Towards sustainable cocoa: financial solutions for smallholders in Côte d’Ivoire
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Dignity in displacement: a review of the literature

ODI - 21. Juni 2018 - 0:00
Exploring conceptualisations of dignity in humanitarian action to better understand what dignity means to displaced people in different contexts.
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Life under the Taliban

ODI - 21. Juni 2018 - 0:00
The panel discuss new findings on life under the Taliban and how the international community should engage.
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