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Is It Possible to Eradicate Poverty Amid ‘Pronounced Increases’ in Global Inequality?

Human Wrongs Watch Amid pronounced increases in global inequality, the United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014 with calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its forms.     “Entrenched poverty and prejudice, and vast gulfs between wealth and destitution, can undermine the fabric of societies and lead to instability,” Secretary-G ...

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UK Health Service at risk from TTIP: The Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Nursing Press Release “We want a cast-iron guarantee that TTIP will not leave the NHS vulnerable to privatisation through the backdoor” - RCN warns of trade deal’s impact on the health service > The NHS needs to be protected from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has declared today. > The RCN warns that the NHS and all public ...

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Europe Is Positioning Itself Outside World Arena

  Human Wrongs Watch By Roberto Savio* Rome, 22 October 2014 — The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs. **Map of the Thirty Years’ War | Author: Map_Thirty_Years_War-fr.svg: historic air | Wikimedia Com ...

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‘Clock Is Ticking’ for War-Ravaged Gaza; Promises on Rebuilding Must ‘Quickly Materialize’

  Human Wrongs Watch On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 October 2014 told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches. “Nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed in Gaz ...

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Facts and Figures on Inequality

  Human Wrongs Watch By OXFAM* -- The widening gap between the richest and poorest is damaging economies and pushing more people into poverty. Too many still toil in extreme poverty. On the other extreme, wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, who can use it to capture disproportionate power to shape the future. Here are some facts and figures on inequality. Want something more visu ...

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Unemployment Could Fall to 6.0% in Latin America and the Caribbean Despite Limited Job Creation

  Human Wrongs Watch Santiago, 15 October 2014 (ILO)* — The unfavorable evolution of the economy in Latin America and the Caribbean during the second half of 2014 will not prevent regional urban unemployment from decreasing slightly this year to 6.0% or 6.1%, from the 6.2% recorded in 2013, according to ECLAC and ILO. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Internati ...

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Blowin’ in the Wind

  Human Wrongs Watch By Sven Teske*, 21 October, 2014 (Greenpeace) – Wind power has a pivotal role to play in the world’s energy supply over the next few years. By providing huge amounts of clean, affordable power, it can buy us time in the fight against global warming while revolutions in energy efficiency and solar power gain momentum.   Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council have just re ...

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Unasur is creating a “bank of prices for medicines” and a roadmap to produce them in the region

The General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur in Spanish), Ernesto Samper, and the director of the South American Institute of Governance in Health (ISAGS), José Gomes Temporao signed these two commitments. The implementation of these commitments that were signed today in Quito will require an investment of $ 300,000, which will come from the "Common Initiatives Fund” we have in UNASU ...

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Worldwide, a Trillion Single-use Plastic Bags Are Used Each Year, Nearly 2 Million Each Minute

  Human Wrongs Watch By Earth Policy Institute*, 16 October 2014 — Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. The amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile. City, state, and national governments around the world are trying to limit plastic bag litter and waste with bans and fees. The oldest existing plast ...

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“Eradicating Poverty Goes ‘Hand in Hand’ with Biodiversity Protection”

  Human Wrongs Watch The protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, senior United Nations officials on 15 October 2014 stressed at a meeting in Republic of Korea, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development. “Maintaining biodiversity is related not only to direct conservation measures, but also to ...

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