PRESS REVIEW - DECEMBER 8/14, 2018

UN News

The Global Compact for Migration dispels the myths on the causes of migration

The intergovernmental Conference for the adoption of a global pact for safe, orderly and regular migration was held in Marrakech, Marocco, on December 10 and 11, 2018.

One hundred and sixty countries worked on the global pact to enhance migration management and guarantee a safer and more dignified journey for all migrants: a success for the UN but also a document that aims to provide clarity on the reasons behind migration (including famine, food insecurity and climate change, all increasingly relevant). The adoption of the pact must now be followed by implementation, to demonstrate that theory can be put into practice.


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FAO

FAO announces results of its collaboration with Belgium and Sweden

The reports showcase success stories from around the world and highlight the importance of multilateralism and flexible funding to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

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Morning Star

Canada announces new way forward on the protection of wild salmon

The Government of Canada, in partnership with provinces and territories, industry, local partners and environmental groups has put in place a plan to ensure aquaculture becomes economically viable and environmentally sustainable in the near future. The plan includes, among other things, developing a framework for aquaculture risk management, based on the precautionary approach, which will ensure the sustainable management of aquaculture, and will be the overarching framework for future policies. 

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Morning Star

Canada announces reduction in federal emissions during COP24

Canada is on track to reach the goals set in its Greening Government Strategy. As of March 2018, Canada had reduced emissions from its federal operations by 32% relative to 2005 levels, a 4% improvement from last year's report.

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National Public Radio

World's first insect vaccine could help bees

An edible vaccine may help bees against bacterial disease, one of the most serious threats the pollinators face. Researchers in Finland say they have created a vaccine that targets American foulbrood, an infectious disease that devastates hives. 

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South China Morning Post

10 food trends for 2019

From vegan coffee to plant-based snacks, hemp and algae. These are some of the food trends that will be popular in 2019, according to Whole Foods. The grocer says that flavors from Asia or associated with eastern produce are on the rise: guava, dragon fruit, Filipino sausage longganisa, dried shrimp, cuttlefish and shrimp paste are just a few of the ingredients to look out for. 

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South China Morning Post

In Yemen, 20 million people are at risk of famine

As fighting continues, in Yemen 20 million people are food insecure, a situation that has been described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the children’s fund UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP). The WFP aims to scale up its support program to reach 10 million by the end of January 2019.

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Al Jazeera

Indigenous communities at risk as rubber firm uses land

It happens in Cameroon, where Chinese firm Sinochem International in recent years has bought vast amounts of land to produce rubber. Despite the promise of funds and investments in favor of the local communities, all that is noticeable today is deforestation. In some areas over 45,00 hectares of rainforest – home to many endangered species and essential source of livelihood for the indigenous communities – have reportedly been lost.

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The Straits Times

Climate change threatens Japan's fugu fish

The rising temperatures of the seas surrounding Japan are causing fugu fish to move to colder waters and breed with other species. As a consequence, Japanese fishermen can no longer recognize comestible species and to avoid serious health issues the government has decided to stop sales of hybrid fugu fish. The economic repercussions are significant: a single fugu fish can be sold for 80,000 dollars.

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UN News

COP24: A million lives could be saved by 2050 through climate action, UN health agency reveals

Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO), launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

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