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Report: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women considers report of Côte d’Ivoire

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Published on ReliefWeb.int/Update, October 17, 2011.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined initial, second and third periodic report of Côte d’Ivoire on how that country is implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.  Continue Reading…

l’ONU et la femme

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l’évènement du 10 octobre 2011 à l’ONU: Troisième Commission, 9e et 10e séances – matin et après-midi – Publié dans Assemblée Générale, AG/SHC/4008.

ONU-FEMMES EST SÉRIEUSEMENT SOUS-FINANCÉE, AFFIRME LA DIRECTRICE EXÉCUTIVE ADJOINTE DE L’ENTITÉ DEVANT LA TROISIÈME COMMISSION – La Troisième Commission a entamé trois jours de débat sur la promotion de la femme … (voir le long text).  Continue Reading…

Six million new teachers needed to ensure UN goal of universal primary education

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Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: Oct. 5, 2011.

The United Nations marked World Teachers’ Day today with a warning that 6.1 million more teachers are needed to meet the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of attaining universal primary education by 2015.

Two million of these are additional posts, with sub-Saharan Africa alone accounting for more than half. But the shortfall also affects industrialized nations such as the United States, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Sweden, according to data published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.   Continue Reading…

66ème session de l’Assemblé Générale de l’Onu: la voix du Burkina Faso

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Publié dans FasoZine/Actualité, par la rédaction, le 28 Sept. 2011.

Le mardi 27 septembre 2011, le chef de la diplomatie burkinabè, Djibrill Bassolé, était à la tribune des Nations Unies, à l’occasion du débat général de la 66ème session ordinaire de l’Assemblée Générale de l’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU). Il a partagé avec l’ensemble des pays du monde la vision du Burkina Faso sur la marche actuelle du monde ainsi que les efforts déployés par le Gouvernement et le peuple burkinabè afin de relever les multiples défis de développement. Nous vous proposons un extrait …  Continue Reading…

Arab Spring is proof that Islam and human rights can coexist, Maldives tells UN

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Published on United Nations General Assembly, 61st Session, by UN News Centre, Sept. 26, 2011.

The political transitions in various Arab countries this year demonstrate that Islam is compatible with human rights and democracy, the Vice-President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed told the General Assembly today.

“The democratic uprisings across the Middle East prove that Muslims yearn for democratic rights just as much as non-Muslims,” he said.  Continue Reading…

UN Expert Asks World Leaders to Crack Down on Non-Communicable Diseases

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Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Sheldon Yoder, Sept. 16, 2011.

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is calling on world leaders not to miss the chance to crack down on bad diets. “Our food systems create sick people,” Olivier De Schutter said. “Failure to act decisively on this issue kills almost 3 million adults each year.”  Continue Reading…

Peace and Democracy: Make your voice heard

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International Day of Peace / Journée Internationale de Paix, September 21, 2011 – Published on UN.org/events.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year – on its 30th anniversary – the Day’s theme is “Peace and Democracy: make your voice heard” … //  Continue Reading…

SAINT-LOUIS: 49 jeunes filles défavorisées en formation

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re: violences basées sur le genre et mutilations génitales féminines MFG – Publié dans NDAR ACTU, par Mbagnick Kharachi Diagne, le 8 août 2011.

En partenariat avec la coopération luxembourgeoise, le service régional de la jeunesse et le centre Espace Jeunes de Saint-Louis, l’UNFPA (Fonds des Nations Unies pour la Population) a démarré deux sessions de formation de trois jours qui permettront à 49 filles du centre régional d’enseignement technique féminin (CRETEF) de plancher sur des modules portant  essentiellement sur l’accès aux mécanismes de décision au niveau communautaire, les violences basées sur le genre et la protection, l’éducation formelle, l’eau, l’assainissement et l’habitat, la santé et les services sociaux.   Continue Reading…

Côte d’Ivoire: ONUCI TOUR, campagne de sensibilisation de proximité

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Publié dans Organisation de la Presse Africaine /African Press Organization APO-OPA.org,Source: Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire, le 11 août 2011.

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 11 août 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Compte-rendu du point de presse hebdomadaire de l’ONUCI:

Aucun des dignitaires de l’ancien régime visités par l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), actuellement détenu ou assigné en résidence ne s’est plaint des actes de tortures, a déclaré jeudi à Abidjan, le Chef par intérim de la Division des droits de l’Homme (DDH), de la mission, Guillaume Ngefa …//  Continue Reading…

Les migrantes, ces femmes de l’ombre

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Publié dans Youphil, par Adeline Farge, le 2 août 2011.

Elles sont de plus en plus nombreuses à quitter leurs pays seules. Pourtant, la société continue de les ignorer. Nounous, aides à domicile, femmes de ménages… Les femmes migrantes sont parties prenantes du quotidien des Français. Or, dans les banlieues, celles qui triment dans l’ombre passent facilement inaperçues.

Dans l’imaginaire collectif, le migrant est un homme, généralement travailleur et le plus souvent sans-papiers. Pourtant, d’après l’étude Trajectoires et origines, la France comptait officiellement 5 millions d’immigrés en 2010, dont 53% de femmes. “On a toujours cherché à rendre invisible les femmes et la misogynie survit dans les esprits. Cette représentation est également liée aux premières vagues d’immigration, dans les années 60″, commente Nadia Chabaane, féministe et militante à l’Association des Tunisiens de France ATF  … //  Continue Reading…

World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of mercy or angel of death?

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Thomas C. Mountain, August 4, 2011.

ASMARA, Eritrea—The World Food Program WFP, one of the U.N.’s biggest aid agencies, has a very nasty history in Somalia.

Back in 2006 just as Somali farmers brought their grain harvest to market, the WFP began the distribution of its entire year’s grain aid for Somalia. With thousands of tons of free grain available, Somali farmers found it almost impossible to sell their harvest and faced disaster.

Thousands of angry Somali farmers gathered at WFP distribution centers across Somalia to protest, sometimes violently. In an attempt to calm matters the WFP promised an investigation which, in due course, announced that yes the WFP had done the Somali farmers wrong and promised they wouldn’t do it again.  Continue Reading…

UNICEF recognises UK schools for teaching human rights

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Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 14/07/2011

UNICEF recognises schools in Dorset for teaching human rights, on Dorset ECHO, by Catherine Bolado, 13th July 2011.

DORSET schools are leading the way in teaching pupils about their rights and respecting others. More than 140 schools across Dorset have been highlighted by children’s charity UNICEF for their work teaching students about human rights. The schools are all working towards or have achieved UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools status.

The award is a nationwide scheme aimed at promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It teaches pupils about their rights and encourages them to respect the rights of others. Wool First School was recently given an advanced award as part of the Rights Respecting School scheme. Pupils at the school are now acting as ambassadors for the project by helping more schools to sign up. Wool First School pupil, Emma, aged 9, said: “I had a dream that everyone in the whole universe – even aliens – was part of a rights-respecting community. If everyone believes in it, it really could happen.”  Continue Reading…

WFP mulls resuming S.Somalia food aid

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Published on AlertNet, by Megan Rowling, July 13, 2011.

LONDON (AlertNet) – The World Food Programme WFP is looking at whether it can restart aid operations in southern Somalia, after the hardline Islamist rebels who control the drought-hit region said relief agencies could resume assistance there.

The U.N. food aid agency withdrew from areas under al Shabaab control in southern Somalia at the beginning of 2010 because of threats to its employees, the imposition of informal taxes and a move to keep out female staff. It has continued to work in Mogadishu and central and northern Somalia, providing food assistance to 1.5 million people … //

… SAFETY GUARANTEES:   Continue Reading…

UN: Somalia is worst humanitarian disaster

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Head of UNHCR appeals for “massive support” over drought affecting about 10 million people in the Horn of Africa

Published on AlJazeera, Source: Al Jazeera and agencies, July 11, 2011.

Head of UNHCR appeals for “massive support” over drought affecting about 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. The head of the United Nations refugee agency has described the situation in drought-hit Somalia as the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world, after meeting with those affected at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The camp, located in the northeast and the world’s largest in the world, is overflowing with tens of thousands of refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and within Kenya.   Continue Reading…

Hunger Looms Amid Drought In Horn Of Africa

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Published on World Food Programme WFP, June 29, 2011.

Around 9 million people in the Horn of Africa need humanitarian assistance as severe drought combines with high food prices and conflict to push the poorest and weakest close to the edge of survival. WFP aims to reach two thirds of these with food assistance.

ROME – Nearly 9 million people in the Horn of Africa need humanitarian assistance as a result of a severe drought, whose effects are being worsened by high food prices and conflict.

The people needing aid include 6 million that WFP aims to reach with food assistance, mainly in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.   Continue Reading…

Land investment deals in Africa: Say no way

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Anuradha Mittal, Jeff Furman and Frederic Mousseau, June 30, 2011.

Food insecurity, loss of food sovereignty, the displacement of small farmers, conflict, environmental devastation, water loss, and the further impoverishment and political instability of African nations – these are among the consequences of large-scale investments in land in Africa, a special investigation by the Oakland Institute has revealed. Pambazuka News spoke to Anuradha Mittal, Jeff Furman and Frederic Mousseau about what prompted their research and what they discovered … //

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: The reports state that major African rivers, including the Nile, the Niger and the Zambezi, are tapped by these land grabs. Hence, the land grabs are actually often ‘water grabs’ intended to stabilise not only food supplies but also water access in other countries. What can be done to protect watersheds and ecosystems that often cross national boundaries and jurisdictions from this assault?   Continue Reading…

Mutilations Génitales Féminines: vers l’abandon total

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Publié dans La Nation/Djib, le 22 juin 2011.

Le projet « Halte aux MGF » initié par l’Association des Femmes de Tadjourah (AFT) est déjà en train de porter ses fruits, de plus en plus de chefs coutumiers et de leaders religieux ayant rejoint la » caravane » dirigée par la députée Hasna Hassantou. Cette dernière passe d’un site pilote à l’autre pour convaincre, sensibiliser, informer. Objectif visé ? L’abandon total des MGF.

Le vendredi 10 juin dernier, Mme Hasna Hassantou, députée et présidente de l’Association des Femmes de Tadjourah, a repris son bâton de pèlerin pour aller à la rencontre des communautés villageoises ciblées par son projet de lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines … //  Continue Reading…

UNEP’s big report – Towards a GREEN ECONOMY

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All about Green Economy, picked up from AGEG Consultants eG /Karsten Weitzenegger’s Special Issue on Green Economy and Development, Newsletter June 2011 (daily newsletter service):

Toward a GREEN ECONOMY, pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication, UNEP, 2011, ISBN 978-92-807-3143-9 – Download this 626 pdf.pages.

See about same item also on un-ngls.org, and on the broker online.eu.

Links:   Continue Reading…

Sénégal: Lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines

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Publié dans Wal fadjri, par Mamadou Sarr, le 17 juin 2011.

Douze ans après le vote de la loi rendant illégale la pratique des Mutilations sexuelles féminines (Mgf), des progrès ont été réalisés, certes, dans l’élimination de l’excision avec des déclarations d’abandon public de plusieurs ethnies sénégalaises, mais une des incidences de cette loi, c’est qu’elle se pratique dans la clandestinité.

En décembre 2010, le ministère chargé de la Famille, des Organisations féminines et de la Protection de l’enfance devenu, après le dernier remaniement, ministère de la Famille et des Organisations professionnelles a commandité une étude pour connaître la portée réelle de l’adoption de la loi 99-05 du 29 janvier 1999 sur les mutilations génétiques féminines et son adéquation avec les stratégies en cours pour l’élimination de l’excision au Sénégal.  Continue Reading…

Africa: Access to water and privatisation

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Jacques Cambon, June 7, 2011.

Despite UN recognition of access ‘to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights,’ it is a right that is far from being realised in most parts of the world, writes Jacques Cambon.

On 29 July 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations recognised, in a proposed resolution by Bolivia and adopted by 122 votes with 41 abstentions, ‘the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.’ The resolution also calls upon ‘states and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building and technology transfer, in particular to developing countries’.  Continue Reading…

Halte à la mutilation genitale feminine, Une norme sociale qui peut être abandonnée

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Publié dans UNICEF, le 2 juin 2011.

Toutes les 10 secondes, une fille de moins de douze ans endure les souffrances d’une mutilation génitale – ceci concerne chaque année trois millions de petites filles. A l’échelle de la planète, on estime à 130 millions le nombre de filles et de femmes (15 à 49 ans) qui subissent cette pratique. La mutilation génitale féminine est très répandue dans de nombreux pays d’Afrique – en raison des mouvements migratoires, elle atteint aussi l’Europe et la Suisse.

La Situation:  Continue Reading…

Illicit financial flows from the Least Developed Countries: 1990–2008

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Dev Kar, June 2, 2011.

This paper, commissioned by the UNDP, explores the scale and composition of illicit financial flows from the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Illicit financial flows involve the cross-border transfer of the proceeds of corruption, trade in contraband goods, criminal activities and tax evasion. In recent years, considerable interest has arisen over the extent to which such flows may have a detrimental impact on development and governance in both developed and developing countries alike.

MAY 2011: UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME UNDP: DISCUSSION PAPER – with e-mail one and e-mail two, and with the Websites Poverty Reduction and Democratic Governance.   Continue Reading…

Read WHO’s Fact sheet no. 125

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Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli EHEC:

Remedy: Basic good food hygiene practice, as described in the WHO Five keys to safer food, can prevent the transmission of pathogens responsible for many foodborne diseases, and also protect against foodborne diseases caused by EHEC. Such recommendations should in all cases be implemented, especially “Cook thoroughly” so that at least the centre of the food reaches 70°C.

Links:

Risk assessment of Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) in meat and meat products …;

Prevention and control of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) infections: Memorandum, 11 pdf-pages;

Guide on Safe Food for Travellers.

MGF: résolution WHA61.16

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Publié dans WHO.int /extrait G /pages 13 et 14.

G. MUTILATIONS SEXUELLES FÉMININES (résolution WHA61.16)

53. Pour donner suite à la résolution WHA61.16, le Secrétariat travaille avec les États Membres, en collaboration avec les partenaires internationaux, régionaux et nationaux, pour parvenir à l’élimination de la pratique des mutilations sexuelles féminines. Le présent rapport met en lumière les progrès accomplis depuis 2008, et le Conseil exécutif en a pris note à sa cent vingt-huitième session.2  Continue Reading…

Promotion de la femme: Le Burkina défend sa politique genre à l’ONU

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Publié sur le faso.net, par Safiatou TAMBOULA /DCPM/MPF, 28 février 2011.

La Commission de la Condition de la femme (CSW) tient sa 55e session du 22 Février au 4 Mars 2011 à New York aux Etats Unis d’Amérique. Organe directeur mondial, la Commission de la condition de la femme est une commission fonctionnelle du Conseil Economique et Social (ECOSOC) exclusivement consacrée à l’égalité des sexes et à la promotion des femmes.  Continue Reading…

UN throws Libya off human rights council

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Published on Google.com, by Tim Witcher/AFP, March 2, 2011.

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations suspended Libya from its main human rights body over Moamer Kadhafi’s crackdown on protests as the Security Council warned of new action against his regime.

With growing western calls for a no-fly zone over Libya, Britain’s UN envoy said the council would take “whatever measures we consider necessary to respond to events on the ground.”

The 192-member assembly passed a suspension resolution by consensus, without a vote, after UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the body to “act decisively.”  Continue Reading…

LA QUESTION DE LA VIOLENCE ET DE LA DISCRIMINATION

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la commission de la condition de la femme s’appuie sur le témoignage de trois jeunes pour s’attaquer à la question de la violence et de la discrimination

Publié sur UN /Conseil économique et social /Commission de la condition de la femme, 8e séance – matin, FEM/1845, le 25 février 2011.

… Après une première semaine de débats et le lancement officiel hier soir de la nouvelle entité composite, ONU-Femmes, la Commission de la condition de la femme a organisé ce matin une table ronde centrée sur les discriminations et les violences à l’égard des filles. Elle a entendu Ika l’Indonésienne, Ya Marie la Sierra-Léonaise et Lil Shira la Camerounaise, trois lycéennes, membres de l’organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) Plan International qui ont livré des témoignages concrets de cette violence.  Continue Reading…

Promotion des Soins de Santé de Proximité

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Publié sur WHO /Africa.

Le Chef de l’Etat, Faure GNASSINGBE, a Inauguré le Bloc Chirurgical de l’Hôpital de Vogan.

Les autorités sanitaires et les partenaires au développement se sont retrouvés autour du Président de la République, ce 14 septembre 2009 à Vogan, chef-lieu du District sanitaire de Vo, pour marquer avec le personnel de santé et la population de la localité la cérémonie officielle de l’inauguration d’un bloc chirurgical implanté au sein de cette structure sanitaire.
L’ouvrage faisant l’objet de la manifestation est une réalisation de l’initiative « Approche Harmonisée de Santé en Afrique » dont l’UNFPA, l’UNICEF la Banque Africaine de Développement et l’OMS sont cosignataires … (sur le site, cliquez sur le lien: en savoir plus).

MGF au Congo-Brazzaville: le ministère de la Promotion de la femme lance un avertissement

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Publié dans Les Dépeches de Brazzaville, par Yvette Reine Nzaba, le 17 Février 2011.

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de lutte contre les mutilations sexuelles féminines (MSF), la ministre JeanneFrançoise Leckomba Loumeto-Pombo a mis en garde les personnes qui oseraient pratiquer ce genre d’acte odieux en terre congolaise.

Le ministère en charge des questions de genre et de la promotion de la femme a manifesté, comme tous les ans, sa solidarité envers toutes celles qui subissent ces pratiques lors de la campagne organisée en différé le 16 février à Brazzaville. Cette année, le thème retenu était: Engagement des gouvernements, indispensable pour atteindre la Tolérance zéro aux  mutilations génitales féminines … //  Continue Reading…

Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration

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Linked with Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire. – Published on International Organization for Migration IOM, by IOM, not dated.

  • … What Makes FGM in Migrant Communities So Specific?
  • Because FGM is strongly linked to culture, it becomes an integration issue in addition to being a health and human rights issue. In situations where integration is difficult, it often results in a withdrawal into the community and sometimes stricter application or toughening of cultural practices to preserve the ethnic identity and to mark a distinction from the host society, especially when migrants are resettling in a receiving culture where women have more freedom of choice and expression. In this context, awareness-raising activities can easily be perceived as judgmental or morally offensive and result in negative reactions in migrant communities.  Continue Reading…

Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire

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Lié avec Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration. – Publié sur Organisation internationale pour les migrations OIM, par OIM, n’est pas daté.

  • … Quelles sont les spécificités des MGF au sein des communautés migrantes?
  • Parce que les MGF sont étroitement liées à la culture, elles constituent un problème d’intégration, en plus d’être une problématique de santé publique et de respect des droits humains. Dans les situations où l’intégration est difficile, on observe souvent un repli sur la communauté, avec parfois une application plus stricte ou un durcissement des pratiques culturelles. Dans ces cas, la préservation de l’identité ethnique est utilisée pour marquer une distinction de la société d’accueil, en particulier lorsque les migrants s’établissent dans une société d’accueil où les femmes ont plus de liberté de choix et d’expression, y compris dans leur sexualité, par rapport à leur communauté d’origine. Promouvoir l’abandon des MGF dans les pays industrialisés est également un défi du fait que les activités de sensibilisation peuvent être facilement perçues comme un jugement ou moralement stigmatisantes et provoquer des réactions de résistance dans les communautés migrantes.  Continue Reading…

Ensemble contre l’excision: maintenant

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Publié sur Le Post, par gerardw (Gerard Warenghem), February 14, 2011.

ENSEMBLE, nous allons tenter de faire sortir de sa cachette cette FATWA si importante pour l’éradication des mutilations génitales féminines. (pous pourrez en lire ou relire le texte dans les messages précédents).

J’ai rédigé aujourd’hui une pétition adressée à Mr BAN KI-MOON, Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies. (cliquer sur le lien pour en connaître l’intégralité.)

Pétition publique: ENSEMBLE CONTRE LES MUTILATIONS GENITALES FEMININES /EXCISION: MAINTENANT!
Pour: Monsieur Ban Ki-Moon, Secrétaire Général Nations Unies …

MAINTENANT, j’ai besoin de vous, pour signer cette pétition, pour la faire connaître à vos amis, aux amis de vos amis, et même à d’autres qui ne sont pas vos amis… afin que nous puissions recueillir un maximum de signatures: cette démarche est essentielle et peut faire avancer considérablement les choses dans ce combat! … //  Continue Reading…

Dignity, Bread and Liberty; the start of peak food revolutions

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Published on openEconomy, by Mike Small, 4 February 2011.

What has changed the placid Egyptian population into a boiling mass of revolt? … //

Nouriel Roubini

  • who was among the first to predict the financial crisis and was dubbed a Cassandra for his troubles in 2005 – urges us not just to look at the crowds in Cairo, but what is motivating them now, after years of silence and repression?
  • He agrees that the dramatic rise in energy and food prices has become a major global threat and a leading factor that has gone largely unreported in the coverage of events in Egypt.
  • If we take Roubini’s advice and look at underlying motives or para-economics we can see deeper issues. Is it too speculative to see the 25 January revolt as the first food revolution as fuelled by peak oil? Oil prices affect food prices when you have a petro-chemical food economy.
  • Egypt’s not unique in all this. World food prices hit a new record high in January after rising for a seventh consecutive month, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said today (Feb 3 2011), warning the poor would be hit hardest.
  • The FAO Food Price Index, which monitors monthly price changes for a basket of commodities, averaged 231 points in January – up 3.4 percent from December and its highest level since FAO started measuring food prices in 1990.  Continue Reading…

Right to Food’s Access to land report

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by UN Special Rapporteur Olivier de Schutter, for the 65th session of the General Assembly, Third Committee Item 69(b), 21 October 2010 New York

Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, 17 Jan 2011. – Download the report, 11 August 2010, A/65/281, 22 pdf-pages.

Mr. Chairperson, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Two years ago, when I first spoke before this Committee to present my programme of work, I indicated that I would address the relationship of security of land tenure and access to land to the right to adequate food (A/63/278, paras. 33-37; see also A/57/356, paras. 24 and 30) … //

… The overall picture that emerges from this empirical evidence is impressive. What we are witnessing is a situation in which pressures on land and water are increasing at an unprecedented speed. Each year, up to 30 million hectares of farmland are lost due to environmental degradation, conversion to industrial use or urbanization. Continue Reading…

WHO reiterates need to eliminate FGM

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Linked on our blogs with Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, and with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation. – Published on WHO.

A Media Information:

The World Health Organization has re-iterated its call to Member States in the African Region to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), often referred to as female circumcision.”

The practice – still prevalent in at least 27 African countries – comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injures to the female genital organs whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons.  Continue Reading…

Referendum for Sudan, requiem for Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Alemayehu G. Mariam, January 19, 2011.

As South Sudan continues with its referendum, Alemayehu G. Mariam considers what will happen following the south’s probable independence, the longer-term consequences for Sudan and the wider significance for Africa’s direction in the 21st century … //

… In 2009, in Accra, Ghana, President Obama blasted identity politics as a canker in the African body politic:

We all have many identities – of tribe and ethnicity; of religion and nationality. But defining oneself in opposition to someone who belongs to a different tribe, or who worships a different prophet, has no place in the 21st century…. In my father’s life, it was partly tribalism and patronage in an independent Kenya that for a long stretch derailed his career, and we know that this kind of corruption is a daily fact of life for far too manyContinue Reading…

6 fois des nouvelles concernant les MGF – ça bouge

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Labé: un atélier de lutte contre les mutilations génitales feminines en cours, publié sur Aminata, le 12 janvier 2011: La formation doit durer 10 jours et se penche sur le respect des droits des enfants et des femmes. L’une des pratiques extrêmement néfaste qui sévit dans cette localité, c’est l’excision. Environ 9 jeunes filles sur 10 continuent d’être envoyées à l’abattoir avec un mépris total de leur droit à une meilleure santé de la reproduction …

WHO reiterates need to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation, sur WHO

Mutilation génitale féminine et complications de l’accouchement dans la province de Gourma (Burkina Faso), Publié sur CNRS /Femmes et SIDA: Une étude transversale, descriptive et analytique, conduite du 15 juin au 15 août 2007, dans la province de Gourma, au Burkina Faso, avait pour objectif d’évaluer la prévalence des complications de l’accouchement dues aux mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) afin de renforcer les activités de lutte contre ces pratiques. Continue Reading…

Leaving the people out of the debate

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Published on Online Journal, by Laura Flanders, Jan. 7, 2011.

… By way of conclusion, a couple of remarks are in order. The first is to note that the left has routinely made much of its own censorship at the hands of the mainstream news media acting in service to an elite agenda. In this instance, it has shown that it has no compunction about using the same tools to squelch legitimate questions with respect to its own de facto elites. Being on the receiving end of it, along with more than a few derogatory and condescending remarks from left luminaries, who were, it should be noted, addressed respectfully and politely in the open letter, has been eye-opening though not altogether pleasant.  Continue Reading…

Mutilations génitales: le Conseil national (Suisse) durcit le ton

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Linked on our blogs with Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, and with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation.

Publié dans Tribune de Genève, ATS, décembre 16, 2010.

EXCISION | La Suisse devrait durcir le ton contre les mutilations génitales féminines. Le National a adopté jeudi par 162 voix contre 2 une nouvelle norme pénale spécifique.

Ce fléau frappe quelque 140 millions de personnes dans le monde, selon l’OMS. Les cas les plus fréquents sont l’excision et l’infibulation. Ces mutilations sont le plus souvent pratiquées sur des mineures de moins de 14 ans, a relevé Paul-André Roux (PDC/VS) au nom de la commission … //

… Le projet prévoit de punir celui qui aura mutilé des organes génitaux féminins, aura compromis leur fonction naturelle ou leur aura porté toute autre atteinte.

L’auteur risquera une peine privative de liberté d’au maximum dix ans ou une peine pécuniaire d’au moins 180 jours-amende. L’UDC a proposé en vain de placer le seuil à un an de privation de liberté.

La victime pourra quant à elle poser plainte jusqu’à quinze ans après les faits. Et tout cas jusqu’à ses 25 ans révolus, si a elle a été mutilée avant l’âge de 16 ans.

Les adultes ne pourront pas consentir à une mutilation. Des exceptions restent toutefois envisageables pour des interventions légères telles que les tatouages, les piercings ou certaines opérations esthétiques. (SDA-ATS\/fk/ca). (texte entier).

Regulating land grabbing?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Saturnino Borras Jr and Jennifer Franco, December 16, 2010.

Previously reviled as ‘land grabs’, international institutions increasingly paint the global land rush as ‘large-scale land investments’, providing fertile ground for ‘win-win’ development schemes. But, caution Saturnino Borras Jr and Jennifer Franco, ‘any scheme that guarantees only winners and no losers deserves our scepticism and a closer look.’

‘Land grab’ is the catch-phrase for the explosion of (trans)national commercial land transactions currently revolving mainly around the production and export of food and biofuels. Initially deployed by activist groups opposed to such transactions, the meaning of the phrase has been slowly eroding as it gets absorbed into mainstream development currents that see the global land rush as fertile ground for ‘win-win’ development schemes.  Continue Reading…

Calendar of OHCHR-Meetings and events (2010) – 2011

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Published on UN’s OHCHR website, find the OHCHR-meetings:

in english, en français, et en espanol.

For the russian, arabic or chinese speaking persons: see one of the three other languages above.

UNDIR Issues

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Recent Disarmament Forum issues:

Recent publications and papers:  Continue Reading…

The World we want in 2015

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ICTS AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, 4th AIODM International Forum, 20 January 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.

Also in french – Compte rendu Plateforme ONG:

Lettre Ouverte au Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies Ban Ki-moon en réponse à son rapport intitulé “Tenir les engagements pris”, Mai 2010, 7 pages en pdf.

The UN General Assembly is the Pre-Eminent Forum for Global Debate

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(Joseph Deiss) – Published on Current Concerns, by ef, Issue No 19, november 2010.

The General Assembly was opened by this year’s president, the Swiss Joseph Deiss. Since the UN admission of Switzerland eight years ago, this is the first time that a Swiss politician is head of the formally highest office within the UN. Thus he has the possibility of lending importance to the UN on the basis of the Swiss understanding of the state. Switzerland – being a highly estimated country within the UN, a neutral state, which does not belong to any military alliance, a bridge builder and honest partner in negotiations, without any hidden agenda – is predestined to promote dialogue on an equal basis among the member states. Swiss direct democracy and its possibilities to solve social problems should be put on the agenda since it is as significant as the Swiss neutrality.  Continue Reading…

Conference on Disarmament CD – 3 and 13 December 2010

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If you wish to attend and require UN accreditation, please contact Ms Tae Takahashi, by email or by telephone at +41 22 917 1583 by 26 November 2010.

Linked on these blogs with Geneva Forum. See also: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research UNDIR on wikipedia.

The Geneva Forum and UNIDIR are organizing two events that will be held on 3 and 13 December 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • On Friday, 3 December 2010 (13:00-15:00, Conference Room XI) we will address The role of the CD in history and practice;
  • on Monday, 13 December 2010 (13:00-15:00, Conference Room IX) we will discuss the issue of Nuclear disarmament and the role of the CD.

More details will be sent shortly – including an agenda for both events. In the meantime, we kindly ask that you mark the date in your diaryContinue Reading…

United Nations Webcast – 9th Session of HRC

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1 – 12 November 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland:

Human Rights Council:

Pan-Africanism and the challenge of East African Community integration

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Issa G. Shivji, Nov. 3, 2010.

As the East African Community seeks further integration, Issa G. Shivji explores the historical beginnings and vision behind such regional changes from a pan-Africanist perspective. Rather than debate specific forms of ‘economic integration’ or ‘political association’, Shivji seeks to discuss ‘whether we are asking the right questions’ … //

… IV. Resurrecting Pan-Africanism:

The defeat of the (territorial) national project at the hands of neo-liberalism on the one hand, and the collapse of neo-liberalism, which was predicated on extreme financialization, on the other, has squarely placed Pan-Africanism on the historical agenda. In broad terms, Pan-Africanist agenda entails continental political unity and economic integration.  Continue Reading…

120 more Afghan candidates face charges of electoral violation

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Published on Xinhuanet, Oct. 24, 2010.

A commissioner of UN-backed Afghan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Sunday said the body is currently probing the cases with regard to electoral violation committed by 120 more candidates of the country’s legislative elections held on Sept. 18 … //

… Briefing reporters on the number of complaints, Rafat said ECC had received 5,315 post-election complaints as of Sunday and of these 1,797 ceases have been adjudicated and the decisions have been posted on ECC website. “Of those complaints over 2,000 have been classified as category A allegations, if proved may affect the election results in several polling stations,” he further said.  Continue Reading…

Grèves: explications de la spécificité franco-française

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Publié sur Le Cerrle/les Echos, par Jean Luc Baslé, Oct. 25, 2010.

Les grèves à répétition tiennent à une collusion spécifiquement française entre le pouvoir politique et les groupes d’intérêt. Elles disparaîtront avec cette collusion … //

… Approfondir la démocratie:

Les Romains conquirent le cœur de leur empire naissant en une cinquantaine d’années. A la question que Polybe, l’historien grec, se posait de savoir ce qui expliquait leur extraordinaire succès, il répondit: la constitution de la jeune république. Par elle, les destinées de Rome et du peuple étaient liées. Cette communauté d’intérêts, c’est-à-dire ces droits et ces devoirs qui lient un peuple à la nation, assurait son succès. Continue Reading…

Manipulation of social consciousness through mass media

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Published on Online Journal, by Saida Arifkhanova, Oct. 22, 2010.

Information is an important part of modern human life. Information is becoming a more significant element of modern life along with education and the way people interact with information today to a greater extent defines the level of their existence.

Possession of information and education in 21-century determine a modern person’s status in society. Along with the sphere of education, information field determines the fields of labour and economy and influences the sphere of state politics. Manipulation of information and also manipulation of social consciousness in our age are becoming a technology of programming people’s behavior. Manipulating society one can destroy certain ideas in people’s minds and on their ruins create new ideas and fundamentals, for example of a new ideology.  Continue Reading…