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Mobile Training Van Makes a Difference to Street Children in Thailand

  Human Wrongs Watch A bright colored van filled with educational materials and staffed by trained outreach workers is beginning to make a difference in the lives of street children in Pattaya, Thailand. The van – a mobile training unit donated by UNODC to the NGO Child Protection and Development Centre – provides support and basic school lessons that include sex education to street children living in ...

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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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In Sierra Leone, Getting Back to School – on the Airwaves

  Human Wrongs Watch With schools closed throughout the country as a result of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is bringing the classroom into students’ homes through the use of educational radio broadcasts. © UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Romero | Moalem Siseh, 17, writes on a blackboard to help teach Uleymatu Conteh, 13, who is taking her school lessons by radio. The project aims to reach more than 1.7 mi ...

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No Time to Mourn

  Human Wrongs Watch ‘After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school.’   By Anne Boher, Kenema, Sierra Leone, 16 October 2014 – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same ...

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“I bought a mattress and health insurance” – Rural Rwandan Farmer

Human Wrongs Watch ‘Through Farmer Field Schools, more than 350 farmers have learned about nutrition, modern agricultural techniques and business skills while creating cooperatives and pooling savings.’ Kigali, Rwanda, October 2014 (UN Women)* – On a sunny Tuesday in the Nyaruguru district of Rwanda’s South Province, 75 women and men gather in their best clothes to graduate from the UN Women-supported Farme ...

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Liberians in US Face Worsening Stigma

  Human Wrongs Watch By Philippa Garson, New York, 17 October 2014 (IRIN)* — Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma.    **Photo: Bobby Digi | In better times – market in Little Liberia selling food ...

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Launch of UN Youth Advisory Panel in Bangladesh

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has asserted that young people are indispensable in the United Nations efforts to "eradicate poverty, contain the spread of disease, combat climate change and achieve the Millennium Development Goals" and has called on UN member states to "increase their investments in young people so they can do more." By Arup Barua* Following that call, UNCT (United Nations Conference on T ...

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An Additional 1.4 Million Teachers Needed to Achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015

Human Wrongs Watch Investing in teachers is urgently needed to provide the best possible opportunities for millions of children, youth and adults worldwide, the heads of various United Nations agencies on  5 October 2014 said in a joint statement marking World Teachers’ Day.   “An education system is only as good as its teachers,” the agency chiefs said, calling for more rigorous training, better condi ...

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An Additional 1.4 Million Teachers Needed to Achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015

  Human Wrongs Watch Investing in teachers is urgently needed to provide the best possible opportunities for millions of children, youth and adults worldwide, the heads of various United Nations agencies on  5 October 2014 said in a joint statement marking World Teachers’ Day. “An education system is only as good as its teachers,” the agency chiefs said, calling for more rigorous training, better condi ...

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Five Garbage Patches Occupy 15, 915, 933 Square Kilometers of Ocean

Human Wrongs Watch The steady build-up of garbage in the world’s oceans is a “tremendous challenge” and a growing threat to the planet’s marine ecosystems with the potential for “significant socio-economic consequences,” the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 1 October 2014  heard.        In the final day of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans ...

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