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The World That Capitalism Has Devastated: 20 Million Children Miss Out on Life-saving Measles Diphtheria and Tetanus Vaccines in 2018

 

 

|| Monday: July 15: 2019 || ά. 20 million children worldwide, more than one in 10, missed out on life-saving vaccines, such as, measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from the World Health Organisation:WHO and UNICEF. Since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis:DTP3 and one dose of the measles vaccine has stalled worldwide at around 86 percent. While high, this is not sufficient. 95 percent coverage is needed, across countries and communities to protect against outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-affected states. Almost, half are in just 16 countries, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo:DRC, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. If, these children do get sick, they are at risk of the severest health consequences and least likely to access life-saving treatment and care. Measles outbreaks show entrenched gaps in coverage, often, over many years.

Stark disparities in vaccine access persist across and within countries of all income levels. This has resulted in devastating measles outbreaks in many parts of the world, including, countries, that have high overall vaccination rates.

“Vaccines are one of our most important tools for preventing outbreaks and keeping the world safe.” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation. “While most children today are being vaccinated, far too many are left behind. Unacceptably, it’s, often, those, who are most at risk, the poorest, the most marginalised, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes, who are persistently missed.”

In 2018, almost 350,000 measles cases were reported across the globe, more than doubling from 2017. “Measles is a real time indicator of where we have more work to do to fight preventable diseases.” said Ms Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director. “Because measles is so contagious, an outbreak points to communities, that are missing out on vaccines due to access, costs or, in some places, complacency. We have to exhaust every effort to immunise every child.”  

Ukraine leads a varied list of countries with the highest reported incidence rate of measles in 2018. While the country has now managed to vaccinate over 90 percent of its infants, coverage had been low for several years, leaving a large number of older children and adults at risk.

Several other countries with high incidence and high coverage have significant groups of people, who have missed the measles vaccine in the past. This shows how low coverage over time or discrete communities of unvaccinated people can spark deadly outbreaks.

For the first time, there is, also, data on the coverage of human papillomavirus:HPV vaccine, which protects girls against cervical cancer later in life. As of 2018, 90 countries, home to one in three girls worldwide, had introduced the HPV vaccine into their national programmes. Just 13 of these are lower income countries. This leaves those most at risk of the devastating impacts of cervical cancer still least likely to have access to the vaccine.

Together with partners like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO and UNICEF are supporting countries to strengthen their immunisation systems and outbreak response, including, by vaccinating all children with routine immunisation, conducting emergency campaigns and training and equipping health workers as an essential part of quality primary healthcare.::ω.

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City of Helsinki Becomes the First Among the European Cities to Submit Its Sustainable Development Report to the United Nations

 

 

|| Monday: July 15: 2019 || ά. Helsinki has become the first European city to deliver its Sustainable Development Report to the United Nations. Having completed its Sustainable Development Report in June, Helsinki is handing it over to the UN at the follow-up conference on July 18, as the first European city. The City’s Mayor Mr Jan Vapaavuori will speak at the UN on the occasion.

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development:HLPF is held in New York on July 09-19. The UN’s most important conference on sustainable development, the HLPF assesses global progress towards the goals stated in the Agenda 2030 action programme for sustainable development. Started off in 2015, the Agenda 2030 action programme aims at eradication of extreme poverty and at sustainable development taking environment, economy and people equally into account.

In September 2018, Helsinki voluntarily committed itself to reporting to the UN about its own implementation of the sustainable development goals, as the second city in the world, second only to New York. The Report ‘From Agenda to Action: The Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Helsinki 2019’ now to be handed over was completed in June 2019.

The findings of the Report show that the goals in Helsinki’s latest City Strategy match the UN sustainable development goals very well. Furthermore, Helsinki has already carried out or is in the process of carrying out many measures, that promote the UN goals. The findings of the Report will, also, be used to support the planning of the city’s actions in future.

Mayor Mr Vapaavuori will make his address at a session around the theme of developing the role of the High Level Political Forum so as to make it an even more efficient monitor of Agenda 2030 implementation when the first four-year cycle ends. In addition, Mr Vapaavuori will speak at four related events, one of which is organised by the City of Helsinki together with the City of New York and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN. Helsinki and New York have been co-operating closely throughout the process and they encourage other cities to engage into voluntary implementation reporting. 

“The influence of cities in the world is constantly growing, owing to factors, such as, urbanisation and the urban nature of global challenges. Cities are increasingly joining ranks with states to solve global problems. The most important, concrete work with Agenda 2030 is done at local level, near people.

Helsinki actively co-operates with other cities to ensure that the role of cities as influencers is acknowledged in key international forums and networks. In future, an important forum for co-operation between states and cities could be the implementation of the UN goals for sustainable development.” Mr Vapaavuori says.

Themes emphasised by Finland in the forum include education, competence and future-skills and their links to sustainable development. The delegation, headed by Minister of Education Ms Li Andersson, includes representatives of the City of Helsinki, several ministries, the local Agenda 2030 youth organisation, as well as, civic organisations and business.

During the forum, Finland hosts two related events and organises, in its fresh capacity of President of the Council of the European Union and together with the EU, the first event within the UN framework that presents the EU’s work on the Agenda 2030.

For further information and inspiration, contact, the Director for Strategic Initiatives: Sanna-Mari Jäntti: sanna-mari.jantti at hel.fi: tele: +358 400 536 581

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Read the Report:::ω.

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The World That Capitalism Has Destroyed: One in Three People Or 02.2 Billions Do Not Have Access to Safe Drinking Water and More Than Half of the World Does Not Have Access to Safe Sanitation Services

 

 

|| Tuesday: June 18: 2019 || ά. Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation. Some 02.2 billion people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services, 04.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services and 03 billion lack basic handwashing facilities. This is the rotten world this capitalist system of economics has enforced over humanity and the entire of its system and those, who support and sustain it, keep on putting up the biggest lie: that capitalism is the best humanity could do! Out of seven billion human beings this system can not provide safe drinking water to 02.2 billion souls! It can not provide 04.2 billion souls safe sanitation services and 03 billion souls, do not have basic handwashing facilities! What kind of a barbaric performance is this by the capitalist economics and governance system and the world goes on! Why and how can this world and this barbaric system of capitalism can be sustained!

The Joint Monitoring Programme Report, Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2000-2017: Special Focus on Inequalities  finds that, while significant progress has been made toward achieving universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene, there are huge gaps in the quality of services provided. The Report shows that 01.8 billion people have gained access to basic drinking water services since 2000 but, there are vast inequalities in the accessibility, availability and quality of these services. It is estimated that one in 10 people, 785 million, still lack basic services, including, the 144 million, who drink untreated surface water.

“Mere access is not enough. If, the water isn’t clean, isn’t safe to drink or is far away and, if, toilet access is unsafe or limited, then we’re not delivering for the world’s children.” said Ms Kelly Ann Naylor, the Associate Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF. “Children and their families in poor and rural communities are most at risk of being left behind. Governments must invest in their communities, if, we are going to bridge these economic and geographic divides and deliver this essential human right.”

The data shows that eight in 10 people living in rural areas lacked access to these services and in one in four countries with estimates for different wealth groups, coverage of basic services among the richest was, at least, twice as high as among the poorest.

“Countries must double their efforts on sanitation or we will not reach universal access by 2030.” said Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “If, countries fail to step up efforts on sanitation, safe water and hygiene, we will continue to live with diseases, that should have been long ago consigned to the history books: diseases like Diarrhoea, Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and neglected tropical diseases, including, Trachoma, intestinal worms and Schistosomiasis. Investing in water, sanitation and hygiene is cost-effective and good for society in so many ways. It is an essential foundation for good health.”   

The Report says that 02.1 billion people have gained access to basic sanitation services since 2000 but, in many parts of the world, the wastes produced are not safely managed.

The Report further shows that two billion people still lack basic sanitation, among whom seven out of 10 live in rural areas and one third live in the Least Developed Countries.

Since 2000, the proportion of the population practising open defecation has been halved, from 21 per cent to 09 per cent and 23 countries have achieved near elimination, meaning less than 01 per cent of the population is practising open defecation. Yet, 673 million people still practice open defecation and they are increasingly concentrated in ‘high burden’ countries.  Worse, in 39 countries, the number of people practising open defecation actually increased, the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa where many countries have experienced strong population growth over this period.

The Report highlights new data showing three billion people lack basic handwashing facilities with soap and water at home in 2017. It, also, shows that nearly three quarters of the population of the Least Developed Countries did not have basic handwashing facilities. Every year, 297 000 children under five years die due to Diarrhoea, linked to inadequate WASH. Poor sanitation and contaminated water are linked to transmission of diseases, such as, Cholera, Dysentery, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. 

“Closing inequality gaps in the accessibility, quality and availability of water, sanitation and hygiene should be at the heart of government funding and planning strategies. To relent on investment plans for universal coverage is to undermine decades worth of progress at the expense of coming generations.” said Kelly Ann Naylor.:::ω.

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The China Tribunal to Deliver Its Final Judgement on China’s Hidden Transplant Scandal on June 17
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

|| Wednesday: June 12: 2019 || ά. On Monday, June 17, the China Tribunal will report its Final Judgement on China’s Hidden Transplant Scandal. The judgement, which will be delivered by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC and his colleagues of the Tribunal, will conclude the ‘world’s first ever independent comprehensive analysis of fact and law’ following accusations of mass scale forced organ extraction from innocent people in China.

Over the past 12 months, this international, non-partisan body has been working to determine what criminal offences, if, any, have been committed by relevant state or state-approved bodies, organisations or individuals in China, who, may, have been involved in forced organ ‘harvesting’ from prisoners of conscience. The Tribunal has reviewed all available evidence and held hearings in December 2018 and April 2019 where over 50 fact witnesses, experts, investigators and analysts testified.

The controversy of whether China is killing people in order to sell their organs is about to end. If, the findings result along the lines of what the allegations suggest, it, may, amount to China having committed a hidden mass murder and transplant crimes.

The proceedings for the delivery of judgment will commence at 10:00 on Monday June 17 at Grand Connaught Rooms in London at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London. WC2B 5DA: Closest Tube Stations: Holborn, Covent Garden.

Forced organ harvesting is a form of organ trafficking. It is alleged that in China, prisoners of conscience are killed for the purpose of removing one or more of their organs. The recipients of these harvested organs are Chinese citizens or international transplant tourists, who travel to China and pay substantial sums to receive trafficked organs.

 

Within the Chinese transplant system, waiting times are said to be extremely short by international standards and at times, transplants of vital organs, hearts, full livers, can be ‘booked’ in advance. The alleged victims of forced organ harvesting are, primarily, people, who follow the Buddha School meditation practice of Falun Gong, possibly, along with Uyghur Muslims, a Turkic ethnic group, currently being detained in vast numbers in the Xinjiang region and some Tibetan Buddhists and House Church Christians.

These concerns have been raised with Chinese officials and Chinese medical practitioners on numerous occasions, each time with results, that have been doubted by some. Those supporting China’s medical practices claim that issues to do with unethical organ procurement have been resolved but have offered no clear evidence to support their claims. At times, Chinese medical professionals have appeared to dismiss questions about forced organ harvesting without addressing the substance of the allegations.

The Tribunal is chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia:the ICTY and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic. Joining Sir Geoffrey are six panel members with expertise in international law, human rights, transplant medicine, international relations, Chinese history and business. The Tribunal was established by but, remains independent of, the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China:ETAC, which is a registered charitable NGO. :::ω.

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A New Government of Finland: A New Beginning for the Country: An Example for the World: 19 Ministers Include 11 Women: A Competent Nation Is a Successful Nation: The New Government Will Decrease Inequality and Narrow the Gaps in Income: We Are All in the Same Boat: Every Person's Individual Well-being Benefits All of Us

 

 


|| Thursday: June 06: 2019 || ά. Today, Thursday, June 06, the President of the Republic of Finland Mr Sauli Ninisto has appointed Finland’s 75th Government and at the same time, has released from their duties all the ministers of Mr Juha Sipilä’s Government. The new Government is headed by Prime Minister Mr Antti Rinne, whose Government has 19 ministers, including the Social Democratic Party, seven ministers, the Centre Party five, the Greens in Finland three, the Left Alliance two and the Swedish People’s Party of Finland two. And it is noteworthy that out of the 19 ministers, there are 11 women. A beautiful thing to see happening in the high democratic forum of the country, of the nation, Suomi, the land of Pohjola, the land of the north, the Athens of the North.
Let the world see how humanity is half women and half men and that how they complete the earth of the whole humanity as two hemispheres, complementing, enhancing, doubling, enriching, deepening and widening ‘the human’s knowledge, skills, insights, wisdom, abilities, creativities, ingenuities, energies, strategies, ideas, visions and viewscapes.

The Humanion is pleased to see this happen in this new Finland Government and wishes all the new partners of this coalition and all the ministers well and hopes and challenges them all to work their hardest so that they are going to get to work to bring about the first ever revolution in the entire human race: that they are going to establish higher education and life-long learning for each and every single Finnish citizen for only such individuals are capable of taking their country and land into the future centuries. Unleash a Suomi Renaissance of learning and innovation for all. It is time not to just read and sing The Kalevala but to begin writing a new one for the future centuries and future millennia for Finland and the world will be needing far more ingenuous and far more skilful Ilmarinens to build the New Sampo, that shall take humanity towards the end of the Solar System and venture into exploring the Milky Way Galaxy and going farther and beyond as humans did explore the Lake Kantele in the past. It is time to begin that work. Without vision there is terribly little left in humanity, without courage there is even dangerously little left in humanity, that is eternal and that is great.

Therefore, The Humanion invites this coalition, that has brought together committed political forces for social, political and economical good, to go forward with vision, with courage and with resolute determination as you listen to the music Ilmarinen’s anvil makes as he works and you keep at work, thinking of the Solar Sail, thinking of what Verner Suomi did or Sibelius and Larin Paraske or Sillanpaa or Saarinen or Minna Canth or Gadolin or Willerbrand and you keep on going forward. And, yes, inequality, must you deal with every day and every month and every year: do not fall into the ‘deadly-myth’ that Finland is a heaven on earth; self-pity and complacency are the two most dangerous obstacles and diseases against human development and progression. Finland is nothing of that that sort for it is still a capitalist economy. Capitalism creates, distributes, sustains and advances inequality every day throughout its existence and it must be dealt with every day with vision, with courage, with determination and with pragmatism and boldness.

Liberty and equality are the two foundational realms in which humanity is an eternal phoenix with two eternal wings; there must be developed a Liberty Index, identifying the areas, arenas and spheres where disempowerment, disenfranchisement and disconnection have spread in among the individuals, the families, the communities and organisations and agencies and, then, bring about measures to deal with the deficiencies created and shown by this Liberty Index. Likewise, there must be an Equality Index, in which is listed the diversity of all inequalities among the entire populace and there must be means to deal with that so that there appears at work means, measures and mechanics to bring about measurable, quantifiable and legally enforceable state of comparative equality for all, for in capitalism no one can eradicate equality fully but it is possible to bring it to a sustainable level, where and when a nation truly can come to exist, whose each and every citizen have connection, link, relation and ownership to the total wealth, value and worth of that nation.

In this, these are ideas not found in the old books, in the olden texts: for this you have to invoke, all these coalition partners and all ministers, your very own Vainamoinens: the Singer, the Musician, the Magician. This way, there comes to exist a Finland where there comes a state where all the deficiencies, identified by the Liberty Index and the Equality Index are dealt with and the resultant outcomes of this are a refreshing, life-affirming, regenerating, rejuvenating, liberating, uplifting and wonderful ecology of a most civic society we can think of. Please, do not tell the Finnish people that you can not do it. If, a Kalevalan Mother can tear the earth apart and brought back her son’s pieces from across the earth from dust and sand of death, from Tuonela, from the Hades, if, a Verner Suomi could begin a revolution, that literally opened worlds for learning and explorations, if, today, a Dr Pekka Janhunen could make some unbelievably science-fiction idea and concept into a scientific reality of Solar Sail, then, there is nothing that Suomalainens can not do, if, as and when they put themselves together as a Sibelian Orchestra getting to work in concert, in oneness and in unison.

In this coalition is included almost the entire range of progressive forces of Finland. If, anyone can, if, any Government can, it must be this one, this Government. Therefore, The Humanion places highest of expectations and most-high challengex to you all as the high bar to go over and we shall be keeping an Eye on the land of Pohjola, the Athens of the North as you tentatively go about setting things up. Give the world the Finnish Renaissance for a New Millennium: nothing short of that will do. And, here, we leave a gift to this new Government: take the Sisu with you to keep you company when the goings get tougher. The hardest of challenges should, ought, must bring out the very optimal high best of humanity: in other words, humanity, that can identify, locate and shape and use that state of being, that is eternal, immortal, indestructible and indomitable in, with and by Sisu. Therefore, go with Sisu and begin work to bring about the Finnish Renaissance for the new millennium.

In its first plenary session the Government made decisions on the division of duties among the ministers, the members of the statutory Ministerial Committees and the deputies for the ministers. The Government of Prime Minister Mr Rinne has, also, presented the Government Programme as a statement to Parliament. The Deputy for the Prime Minister will be the Minister of Finance Mr Mika Lintilä. In the beginning of the session, seven ministers took an oath of office and a judicial oath and four ministers made equivalent affirmations.


The following is the Speech, the New Prime Minister Mr Antti Rinne delivered when the New Government went to meet the President this afternoon.


‘’Mr President,
Ärade republikens president
In April, the Finnish people voted for their new Members of Parliament. As always, the elections altered the relative strengths of the parliamentary groups. The Social Democratic Party gained the highest number of seats in Parliament and became the party to lead the government formation talks.

From the outset, people who were not involved in the talks told us the set-up would be difficult, some said even impossible. I know from experience that you shouldn't declare anything to be too difficult, let alone impossible, since it that only takes the energy away from finding the solutions.

The parties that entered into the coalition talks were the Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party, the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party. These five parties were good at working together. Rather than leaving our opinions with our jackets in the House of the Estates cloakroom, we took to the negotiating table not only our values but also our problem-solving skills and a spirit of cooperation.

On top of that foundation, we created a forward-looking Government and a Programme that focuses on what lies ahead of us. Our new Government has a strong mandate from the people to draw up future-oriented policy and build a Finland that relies on sustainable development.

The Government unveiled its Programme at Oodi, Helsinki’s new central library. Directly to the people of Finland, at the gateway to learning and culture. Libraries are also connected to an important Finnish principle: Whatever we borrow, we must return in good condition.


Mr President,
Never before in parliamentary elections have climate change solutions stimulated as much debate as they did now. According to an old Finnish saying, ‘If you want to go fast, you have to go alone; but if you want to get far, you have to go together.’

When it comes to mitigating climate change, we have to go far – and fast. Together, our Government members have committed to this goal. A climate crisis is threatening all of humanity, and we take it very seriously. Besides doing it for our children and future generations, we are doing it because it is right and because this is the time to act. Come the 2030s, we can no longer keep asking whether we should have done something earlier.

This Government is committed to responsible economic policy and employment policy. We are committed to reinforcing Finland’s competitiveness and employment. That is why we have decided to carry out major investments and reforms concerning skills, education and research for the future. A competent nation is a successful nation.

The new Government will pay due attention to equality. We will decrease inequality and narrow the gaps in income. This is important because the Finnish welfare state has always drawn strength from the idea that we are all in the same boat. That every person's individual wellbeing benefits all of us.

Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, beginning in July, will provide us with a great opportunity. Finland will take its place at the forefront of the Union, playing an active, influential and cooperative part among the Member States. We are committed to an active foreign policy, which the President of the Republic will lead in cooperation with the Government.

This Government is committed to an understanding that fair and just policies for the future will deliver us a better tomorrow, in Finland, in Europe and globally.
Mr President,
Ärade republikens president
På den tillträdande regeringens vägnar tackar jag Er för Er hälsning och det stöd Ni utlovat. Jag ber Er ta emot regeringens hälsning och försäkran om dess högaktning.

On behalf of the new Government, I would like to express my warmest thanks for your kind words and promise of future support. Please accept the Government's greeting and assurances of highest consideration.’’

The Government Ministers are as follows
Government of Prime Minister Mr Antti Rinne
Prime Minister: Antti Rinne
Minister of European Affairs: Tytti Tuppurainen
Minister for Foreign Affairs: Pekka Haavisto
Minister for Development Co-operation and Foreign Trade: Ville Skinnari
Minister of Justice: Anna-Maja Henriksson
Minister for Nordic Co-operation and Equality: Thomas Blomqvist
Minister of the Interior: Maria Ohisalo
Minister of Defence: Antti Kaikkonen
Minister of Finance: Mika Lintilä
Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering: Sirpa Paatero
Minister of Education: Li Andersson
Minister of Science and Culture: Annika Saarikko
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry: Jari Leppä
Minister of Transport and Communications: Sanna Marin
Minister of Employment: Timo Harakka
Minister of Economic Affairs: Katri Kulmuni
Minister of Social Affairs and Health: Aino-Kaisa Pekonen
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services: Krista Kiuru
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change: Krista Mikkonen
Inquiries: Timo Lankinen: Permanent State Under-Secretary: Tele: +358 295 160 300: Prime Minister’s Office

Caption: The New Antti Rinne Government of Finland: Image: Government of Finland:::ω.
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This Is to Certify That This Fish IS Unknown: World’s Ocean Day on Your Diversified Plate: Eat Sustainably for Humanity Shall Have Been Needing to Eat Till the End of Its Existence-Eternity

 

 

|| Thursday: June 06: 2019 || ά. On June 08 Relais and Châteaux will celebrate the United Nations Initiative, World Oceans Day, under the theme, ‘Fish Unknown: Diversify Your Plate. A symphony of the sea’s bio-diversity, Fish Unknown will high-up underappreciated, lesser-known species on Relais and Châteaux chefs’ menus, cooking classes, events, conferences and more. As an association of chefs striving to source to sustainable seafood year-round, this is a specific moment where Relais and Châteaux aims to heighten the public’s awareness of species, that are abundant but underutilised, as well as, delicious, in an effort to stop overfishing those, that are threatened and endangered.  

Shining light on the reality that there is more to seafood than noble, popular species like salmon, bass, tuna and shrimp and in partnership with Ethic Ocean, Relais and Châteaux chefs will seek to upgrade the ‘status’ of the fish, that are wild species, as well as, sustainably farmed species, that some diners, may not, have ever eaten before. Relais and Châteaux Chef Ambassador and Owner of Lympstone Manor, Mr Michael Caines MBE, said, “If, I can help to educate and inspire a home cook, to source and prepare local, seasonal and relatively unknown fish like hake or gurnard instead of industrially-farmed salmon, then, I consider this an achievement.

As Relais and Châteaux Chefs, we have a duty to utilise and serve fresh, sustainable and seasonal produce; not only does it have a better flavour profile but we’re helping to safeguard the future of eating.” As top chefs are tastemakers, they have the power to inspire guests to diversify consumption and look at underutilised products in new ways.

Chef Mr Olivier Roellinger, the Vice President of Relais and Châteaux, says, “Through a creative culinary approach, lesser-known and less noble species can become more fashionable, allowing the overfished to have a break and regain stock levels and the underutilised to find a voice in top restaurants. Fishes are mainly consumed at restaurants: 55% in the US, 45% in the United Kingdom, 30% in France and 25% in Spain. This means that chefs’ choices make a considerable impact on the preservation of marine biodiversity.”  

The oceans are currently overfished by 31% with 60% confirmed as fully fished, according to Food and Agriculture Organisation and, therefore, sensitivity in sourcing is urgent. Consideration to factors, such as, seasonality, fish population and environmentally respectful catch or farming methods all provide a more sustainable approach.  

Globally, other events marking World Oceans Day began in earnest with a celebratory dinner at the acclaimed Beard House in New York City, USA on the June 04. An international conference at UNESCO in Paris, taking place today, organised by UNESCO and Inter-governmental Oceanographic Commission, Ethic Ocean and Relais and Châteaux: Ocean, Science, Environment and Actors of Change, Cooking and Preservation of the Ocean: testimonies from women chefs.

Mr Philippe Gombert, International President of the Agency says, “Restaurant guests experience the culinary culture and the local terroir of a Relais and Châteaux property via the plate. Through the celebration of Fish Unknown, guests, may, taste a dish, featuring a fish they’ve rarely or have never eaten before.”

Details of all Fish Unknown dishes, menus and cooking classes across the Relais and Châteaux properties can be found on its website.

About World Oceans Day: Every year on June 08, the United Nations celebrates World Oceans Day to raise global awareness of the benefits derived from the ocean and of our individual and collective duty to sustainably use its resources to reverse the decline in ocean health and ensure the people’s well-being.  

This year’s theme for World Oceans Day is ‘Gender and the Ocean’, an opportunity to explore the gender dimension of humankind’s relationship with the oceans. World Oceans Day 2019 aims at highlighting the importance of gender equality in ocean-related activities: marine scientific research, fisheries, tourism and food, among others. 

About Ethic Ocean: Ethic Ocean is an environmental organisation, dedicated to the preservation of fish resources and marine ecosystems. Its mission is to create opportunities aiming to enhance the implementation of sustainable practices within the sector.

About Relais and Châteaux: Established in 1954, Relais and Châteaux is an association of more than 550 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners, who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele. Relais and Châteaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It offers an introduction to a lifestyle inspired by local culture and a unique dip into human history.

Relais and Châteaux members have a driving desire to protect and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality. They are committed to preserving local heritage and the environment, as encompassed in the Charter presented to UNESCO in November 2014.:::ω.

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Climate Change and Global Warming: Time Has Run Out for Half-Measures and It Is Now Imperative That Work Begins to Restore Safe Climate Conditions As Fast As Humanly Possible: This Will Require Action at Emergency Scale and Speed

 

 

|| Wednesday: June 05: 2019 || ά. The National Centre for Climate Restoration:Breakthrough is a non-political and independent think tank, based in Australia, that works to ‘develop critical thought leadership to influence the national climate debate and policy making. Breakthrough’s mission is to develop and promote strategy innovation and analysis, that is essential to deliver safe climate restoration’. What Breakthrough means by ‘safe climate restoration’ is this that these are actions to re-orientate the natural climate processes, which cause the generation of average temperatures and the acidity of the ocean, that are safe for all species and for civilisation. The Agency, rightly, says, ‘’Time has run out for half measures and it is now imperative that work begins to restore safe climate conditions as fast as humanly possible: this will require action at emergency scale and speed.’’ 

‘’Breakthrough uses an overarching framework to guide its work across ethics, science, economics, politics and culture. Breakthrough is a leading body in safe climate restoration and draws on local and international expertise. Breakthrough publishes innovative thinkers, produces original communications and hosts thought-provoking events for a variety of audiences.’’ Breakthrough has just published a Policy Paper, ‘Existential Climate-related Security Risk: A Scenario Approach’, May 2019, followed by a Report, 'What Lies Beneath', published last year, on these vitally important but equally complex issues to raise awareness. And here we face the equally vital and equally complex task of raising that awareness. Who are the schools to whom this awareness is to be made so that a resultant positive outcome can be attempted and achieved? These include the entire science community across the world so that they are all on the same page for scientists, researchers and specialist field workers, who have been working in various fields and branches of science and disciplines have not been doing so in one place or in one time and, thus, a great body of works, papers, writings, analyses, reports, data and evidence have been gathered. This entire community must make themselves together so that they all are at the same page of this body of research.

This task has been gathering space and going on. The second school of learners are two-folds: organisations, such as, states, governments and all types of governmental and inter-governmental bodies and the leadership of such bodies, meaning that the entire range of leaderships of these bodies must be made aware of the emergency and the evidence and science so that they all are equipped with not just with the knowledge of the science and evidence but, at the same time, the degree, depth, scope, magnitude and urgency of the matter so that they can bring about systemic change in the ways these bodies work, function and attempt to deal with such emergencies. This task has barely been attempted for the world’s states and governments are still working the olden way and getting engaged in self-destructive and suicidal acts and actions, such as, pursing fossil fuel fields, opening coal fields and installations, pursing and investing in dinosaur-economics projects and failing in dealing with the diesel vehicles and expanding and widening electric transport and improve and make all transport green and sustainable, as well as, their careless and dangerous lack of drive and energy into advancing the solar energy fuelled and circular economic activities.  

This way there comes the next school of learners: this include the entire range of public and civic administration of these bodies or the implementing and policy making personnel so that they are brought into this awareness and that they all are on the same page. Then comes the entire range of business, trade and commerce bodies and their army of personnel, who must be made aware of all these issues. Then comes the school of the most vital part of this educational process, whereby, the ‘public educators’ of the public or the people, the press and media, must seek to raise themselves to understand these serious issues, the basis and foundation of the science and evidence of global warming and climate change so that they, too, are on the same page and so that they now can offer these issues the severity of high importance they must get and then the entire body of these aware schools go about taking these issues to the public, through the press and media to raise awareness in the public domain and, this includes the entire humankind. It is a mighty task! In this, are connected the entire political organisation of the world, all political parties, all their affiliated organisations and the entire range of agencies and organisations, that are the civic societies. Until and unless this awe-inspiring task is attempted and achieved the world does not stand a chance and humanity will keep on walking towards its definitive doom.

Because of these giant failures there appeared these so-called climate deniers, who just use their baseless, basisless and evidenceless opinioneering to the public, a great many of them have no idea as to what global warming is and what climate change is and how all these are caused and what the science of these things are. Everyone assumes that everyone knows everything but in a capitalist world, that ensures education is rudimentary and where anyone with a self-serving political agenda can claim anything and they will find mass number of public, falling in line and supporting these falsehoods, fabrications, mythologies and downright lies. But this vital work is lacking, this awareness has not been sought and the world is far away from succeeding in this task. But no one can deny, who have made themselves aware of the science of how climate change has been caused and how that implicated the earth facing the global warming, that these face humanity towards definitive extinction until and unless we change course and recraft a different way of existing, that does not challenge and destroy nature but works with it, being part of the entire force of nature and such existence is sustainable and circular so that we waste not, destroy not, manipulate not what we can not create or, even, can not comprehend.

This is where the works of organisations like Breakthrough are vital and paramount. The world, the earth, the entire humanity and the whole web and ecology of life on earth face this existential threat and no one can just accept that the best, judicious and right task is to sit still and wait for the end to arrive, which it shall unless we begin to act for this is truly a catastrophic doom scenario, that neither the earth nor humanity has ever faced. But in this task, the world is failing, in this task we are failing and in these giant failures we have let the lie-spreading opinioneering, self-interest-seeking people, forces, bodies are challenging the science, evidence and reason. This can not go on and there is no more time left to lose. It is high time that the world and world humanity begin responding to this existential emergency. Time it is to act for we are at the River of No Return.

There is going to be nothing left on earth, that can have the ability to shed a tear for what would be eradicated from earth: this magnificent, this awe-inspiring and this magnanimous web and ecology of life, with all its infinite bio-diversity and the infinite unity and infinite diversity of what we are as humanity. These are not doomsday scaremongering: you break the window: you shall catch a cold in the winter and get pneumonia or something like it. You add an apple with another two and you shall get three apples and you leave them outside in the sun, they all will degrade and disappear. If, you eat poison your body will get a shock and you shall die. Cause and effect: this is the eternity of science. The entire Universe is a nursery of this: for it is made of almost infinite number of superimposed systems, most complex and most bewildering and all of them act under the Universal Laws and there is the Universal Summary of all the Universal Laws: Cause and Effect. You keep a human hungry, she:he does not stay healthy, falls ill, suffers malnutrition and all her:his its biological, physiological, neurological, genetical, biochemical, molecular and all types of functions get devastated and the person gets ill and suffers till getting terminated. For the world and the world humanity, it’s high time that we wake up and begin acting to respond to this existential emergency.:::ω.

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Sudan’s Democracy Protesters Face the Guns and Violence of the Country’s Security Forces: Excessive Force Used Against Pro-democracy Protesters Leaving Many Dead: UN Secretary General Calls for the Military and Civilian Leaders to Stay the Course in Negotiations

 

 

h|| Monday: June 03: 2019 || ά. The Security forces in Sudan fired on pro-democracy protesters in the capital Khartoum on Monday, leaving a number of dead and many more injured, prompting Mr António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations condemning these attacks on civilians. Mr Guterres appealed for ‘peaceful dialogue’ to resume. Mr Guterres strongly condemned the violence and the use of force to disperse the protestors at the sit-in site.

Mr Guterres was said to have been alarmed at reports that security forces have opened fire inside medical facilities. Mr. Guterres reminded the Transitional Military Council of its responsibility for the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan and urged all parties to act with utmost restraint, including, their responsibility to uphold the human rights of all citizens, including, the right to freedom of assembly and of expression.

He, also, called for unimpeded access to deliver essential care at the sit-in site outside army headquarters in the capital Khartoum and in hospitals where the wounded are treated and urged the Sudanese authorities to facilitate an independent investigation into the deaths and to hold those responsible accountable.

“The Secretary-General urges the parties to pursue peaceful dialogue and to stay the course in the negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority, as required by the African Union:AU”, the statement continued.

The Statement affirmed the Secretary-General’s commitment to working with the AU in support of the process, saying that the UN stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting peace.

For her part, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet called the peaceful demonstrations in Sudan an inspiration as the protesters worked to engage with the Transitional Military Council. ‘’I utterly deplore the apparent use of excessive force in the protest camps.” she said.

Ms Bachelet noted that reports stating that live ammunition was used by security forces next to and, even, inside, medical facilities are extremely alarming. “I urge the security forces to immediately halt such attacks and to ensure safe, unimpeded access to medical care for all.”

Ms. Bachelet stressed that those exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression must be protected, not targeted or detained. She called it a fundamental tenet of international human rights law. “The use of excessive force must be promptly and independently investigated and those responsible brought to justice.”

She further added that the human rights violations, that had marked Sudan’s history and sparked the sustained protests over the past six months, must not be allowed to continue. This is a real set-back.

When the three-decade autocratic rule of President Omar al-Bashir ended in a military takeover in April, hope sprung anew in the African nation. However, as talks faltered between the ruling Transitional Military Council and protest leaders over the timetable for civilian rule, violence ensued.

Sudan developments, at a glance
December 19: 2018: Protests erupted after the announcement of rising prices.
February 22: 2019: President Bashir dissolved the government.
February 24: The Security Forces fired live ammunition at protesters
April 06: The protesters at a sit-in outside military headquarters, vowed not to move until former President Bashir stepped down.
April 11: Army generals announced that the President had been toppled but protesters continued to demand civilian rule.
April 20: Talks began between military rulers and civilian leaders.
May 13: Shooting outside military headquarters left six people dead
May 14: An agreed three-year transition period from military to civilian rule was announced
May 16: Talks postponed as the military demanded that some barricades were removed
June 03: Activists accused the military of using force against their sit-in protests, announcing the suspension of talks.
Caption: Protesters take to streets in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, April 11, 2019: Image: Ahmed Bahhar:Masarib:::ω.
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WHO Publishes The Health Product Profile Directory for Smarter Research and Development to Tackle Global Health Priorities

 

 

|| Wednesday: May 15: 2019 || ά. Today, the World Health Organisation:WHO’s new Science Division launched an online resource to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development. An essential tool for realising universal health coverage, the Health Product Profile Directory aims to promote research and development for products to combat neglected diseases and threats to global health, including, anti-microbial resistance and diseases with pandemic potential.

The Health Product Profile Directory is a free-to-use online resource, created and developed by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, on behalf of WHO as a global public good. It provides a searchable database of profiles for health products, needed to tackle pressing health issues in global health, including, those prioritised by WHO. The summary of the published profiles outlines 08-10 key characteristics, such as, target population, measures of efficacy and dosage, for the development of health products, including, medicines, vaccines and diagnostics.

Building in these characteristics at an early stage of the development process is essential to ensure that the final products will be accessible to the populations, that need them. The Ebola outbreak of 2014-15 and other recent pandemics have highlighted the urgent need for centralised information to guide and improve coordination of efforts to develop new health products for neglected diseases and populations.

Until now, less than 10% of new products, that have been submitted for regulatory review have referenced product profiles in the RandD process. This absence of a standard way to describe the health products, that are priorities for global health has contributed to unco-ordinated and ineffective research and development in these areas.

“As the first global public good launched by WHO’s new Science Division, the Health Product Profile Directory exemplifies our effort to shape the global health research agenda to achieve health for all.” said WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan. “While the Directory is launched with a focus on infectious diseases, we will update and grow the content, so I invite submissions of product profiles on other priority areas, such as, non-communicable diseases and anti-microbial resistance.”

Currently, the Directory contains 196 product profiles, developed by 24 agencies, of which 191 describe a product with an infectious disease as the target. The top four diseases with product profiles are tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and Chagas. The Directory contains only five product profiles for conditions other than infectious diseases, one vaccine for breast cancer and four contraception technologies.

“DNDi welcomes the release of this new resource, that will help to better understand the priorities of the global health product RandD landscape.” said Mr Graeme Bilbe, the Research and Development Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative:DNDi.

“At DNDi, we recognise the importance of product profiles as an essential tool to guide our research strategy and ensure that the products we develop are able to be used by the vulnerable populations we are developing them for. We are pleased to have contributed some of the product profiles, used in this valuable new directory and we look forward to using it.”

“In an RandD landscape, which is, increasingly, complicated to navigate, Medicines for Malaria Venture welcomes this new Directory, which will help us ensure that new Malaria products, that are developed are able to be accessed and used by the populations, that need them.” said Mr David Reddy, the Chief Executive Officer of Medicines for Malaria Venture.

The Directory includes profiles, developed by WHO and other agencies and can, also, be accessed through the WHO Global Observatory on health RandD, where other key resources to analyse RandD can be found.

Profiles for products, prioritised for global action by WHO are clearly marked as authored by WHO.  Other product profiles, authored by Product Development Partnerships, commercial companies and other organisations, that meet the inclusion criteria are, also, included.  For non-WHO authored profiles, inclusion in the directory does not imply endorsement by WHO but, may, help inform research prioritisation decisions. Organisations outside WHO stand to benefit from submitting profiles to the Directory by gaining an understanding of the landscape of related profiles and seeing where gaps lie.

As an example of the impact product profiles can make, profiles published by WHO in response to the Ebola outbreak have been used by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation:CEPI to inform its RandD funding strategy. This covers diseases, identified by WHO as having the potential to cause global outbreaks. To date, CEPI has distributed more than $350 million to develop new vaccines to combat these diseases.

More information on how to submit a health product profile for inclusion in the Directory

On March 06, 2019, WHO announced wide-ranging reforms, which include the creation of a new Science Division, led by the Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan. As a division with a cross-cutting mandate, relevant to all levels of the organisation, the Science Division was established to perform two essential functions:

Ensure WHO anticipates and stays on top of the latest scientific developments and identify opportunities to harness those developments to improve global health and

Ensure the excellence, relevance and efficacy of WHO’s core technical functions, including, norms and standards and research.:::ω.

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The Estimated Number of People With Disabilities in the World Is One Billion Or 15% of the Whole Human Race: And Yet No Other Group of Humanity Faces Poverty of All Manners and Kinds In Its Harshest and Hardest Form Than This Humanity: Why Is It: New Research Project to Gather Evidence for Policy Makers

 

 

|| Monday: April 29: 2019: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine News || ά. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:LSHTM is to lead a major new project, that aims to show which interventions should be implemented to improve the well-being of people with disabilities in low and middle-income countries:LMIC. Despite millions of people, escaping poverty over the last 20 years, the global situation and well-being of the majority of people with disabilities has not sufficiently improved.

Running over five years the £07m project, Penda, meaning love in Swahili, funded by the Department for International Development:DFID, will evaluate interventions so that policymakers can make evidence-based decisions on issues, including, poverty, health, education, stigma and discrimination. Disability Inclusive Development:DID is about providing services, such as, health and education, which meet the needs of all children and adults. It means ensuring that the additional costs of disability are met and that disabled people have a chance to flourish on an equal basis with others.

There are an estimated one billion people with disabilities globally, approximately, 15% of the world’s population. An estimated 80% of people with disabilities live in LMICs and one in five of the world’s poorest people have a disability. This number is likely to increase in the future as population’s age and chronic conditions, that lead to impairment and disability become more prevalent.

In LMICs, people with disabilities and their families are poorer than people without disabilities in nearly all socio-economic indicators. They are more likely to remain poor due to higher living costs, unpaid caring responsibilities, exclusion from education and employment and entrenched stigma and discrimination.

The project will be led by Professor Hannah Kuper and Professor Tom Shakespeare, with support from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability:ICED.

Professor Shakespeare said, “At the moment, we lack evidence of what works to remove barriers and achieve inclusion for disabled people in developing countries.  The Penda programme of research seeks to fill some of these gaps with good quality evidence. The evidence we generate will show what interventions are worth supporting, thus, helping improve lives.”

The research team has identified three key themes for exploration: Knowledge: there are major knowledge gaps around what works in DID and so researchers will aim to discover how DID can improve education, health, livelihoods and in reducing stigma.

People: many people investigating DID are mostly from high-income settings and so rarely have the lived experience of disability in LMICs. This programme will improve the capacity of researchers from LMICs to conduct research on disability, in particular, researchers with disabilities. Tools: better tools will be developed in the programme to measure effectiveness of DID and how to measure impairment.

The grant will fund ten new research projects, six of which will be led by LSHTM. Penda brings together partners, including, Help Age International, Action on Disability and Development and the overseas disability charity CBM. Researchers will, also, work closely with wider organisations, that support disabled people.

Professor Kuper said, ‘’Today’s world is, often, not built for people with disabilities and disabled people around the world, often, face really negative attitudes. The findings of our research could really make a difference in ensuring that people with disabilities are not left behind.

I am delighted that we will be working closely with a range of fantastic partners and people with disabilities, in this project. This will help us to do the best possible research, on the right questions, and make sure that the findings are used to improve policy and programmes.”

The first research project, DEWORM-three, is already under way, looking at the inclusion of children with disabilities in Mass Drug Administration. DEWORM-three is a Gates-funded initiative looking at whether giving children medication through school or through the community is more effective.

As well as, seeing what the difference is for disabled participants, the project will take the opportunity of exploring with children, parents and teachers what some of the barriers are to inclusive education in Malawi and India.::::ω.

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The Tripartite Organisations Launch a Guide for Countries on Taking a One Health Approach to Addressing the World’s Zoonotic Diseases That Cause Millions of Deaths and Much Economic Losses

 

 

|| March 14: 2019 || ά. Zoonotic diseases continue to be a threat to the world’s populations, causing millions of deaths and economic losses every year. To support countries to control these diseases, the Tripartite Organisations, which are FAO, OIE and WHO launched a guide, ‘Taking a Multi-sectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries’.

Zoonotic diseases, that can spread between animals and people, continue to have major impacts on human health. Every year, nearly 60,000 people die from Rabies and other zoonotic diseases, such as, Avian Influenza, Ebola or Rift Valley Fever constitute additional threats. These diseases do not only affect human health but, also, animal health and welfare, causing lowered productivity, i.e, milk or egg quality and safety, etc or, death and, consequently, affecting livelihoods of farmers and economies of countries.

Diseases know no borders. As global trade and travel expands, zoonotic diseases are increasingly posing concerns worldwide. Every day, new health challenges emerge at the human-animal-environment interface. To face these threats, collaboration, co-ordination, communication, and concerted action between different sectors are needed, using a multi-sectoral, One Health approach. However, many countries lack the capacity to implement such collaboration.

To support countries in filling these gaps, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN:FAO, the World Organisation for Animal Health:OIE and the World Health Organisation:WHO launched this Guide. This Guide, referred to as the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide:TZG, provides principles, best practices and options to assist countries in achieving sustainable and functional collaboration at the human-animal-environment interface.

It is flexible enough to be used for other health threats, for example, food safety and anti-microbial resistance:AMR. By using the TZG and its associated operational tools, which are currently being developed, countries can build or strengthen their national capacities in:

Multisectoral, One Health co-ordination mechanisms

Strategic planning and emergency preparedness

Surveillance and information sharing

Co-ordinated investigation and response

Joint risk assessment for zoonotic disease threats

Risk reduction, risk communication and community engagement

Workforce development

Options for monitoring and evaluating the function and impact of these activities are additionally included to support countries in their efforts to make improvements in their zoonotic disease frameworks, strategies and policies. Moreover, taking the One Health approach, presented in the TZG helps countries to make the best use of limited resources and reduces indirect societal losses, such as, impacts on livelihoods of small producers, poor nutrition and restriction of trade and tourism.

By working collaboratively across sectors and disciplines, human and animal lives are saved, livelihoods are secured and our global health systems are improved in a sustainable way. The Tripartite organisations encourage countries to use the TZG to achieve these goals by taking a One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases.:::ω.

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