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  1. Gavi, the Vaccine AllianceGústame esta páxina Onte ás 21:20 · As we celebrate Gavi’s 20th anniversary at #WEF20, it’s important to remind ourselves of why it was created – and the milestones that have been achieved since. This is the story of an Alliance that today protects half the world’s children: https://www.gavi.org/gavi-at-20 #ProtectTheNextGeneration #VaccinesWork
  2. From: Thomson Reuters Foundation JAN. 21, 2020 FINANCE & INNOVATION Female African Entrepreneurs Can Add Millions to Economies If Taken More Seriously The UK-Africa Investment Summit is underway in London — and women are leading the way. By Sarah Shearman LONDON, Jan 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — From job creation to clean energy, female African entrepreneurs can add millions of dollars to their economies and deliver positive social change if they are taken more seriously, experts said at British trade event on Monday. Entrepreneurs from 21 African countries — many of them women — showcased businesses, from smart street lighting in Nigeria to environmentally-friendly breweries in Kenya, aimed at making profit and doing good at the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a pitch for Britain to be "investment partner of choice for Africa" at the conference, days before his country leaves the European Union. Brought to you by: UN Convention to Combat Desertification Tweet Now: Show Your Support for a Great Green Wall Across Africa! PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información But female entrepreneurs from African countries including Uganda and Zambia said they needed to benefit from the same opportunities as men for their continent's ambitious development goals to be realised. "It is not just about men-run and owned businesses... the whole team has to play," said Monica Musonda, founder of Java Foods, a Zambia-based food manufacturer that aims to tackle malnutrition. "We have to scale and make women-run businesses profitable because they create impact, create jobs, and they also contribute to development," she said. 800 people are talking about this Africa has the highest concentration of female entrepreneurs, accounting for almost a third of all businesses on the continent, said a British government statement. It is the only region in the world where more women than men choose to become entrepreneurs, according to World Bank figures which show that African women are half as likely as men to hold salaried jobs. Yet female-led businesses tend to be smaller and their owners often struggle to secure technical support and investment. Musonda said it took her longer to get her company manufacturing affordable and nutrient-enriched food like noodles off the ground because of her gender. African women striving for social impact through their businesses are increasingly "part of the conversation," said Tatu Gatere, co-Founder of BuildHer, a Nairobi-based social enterprise that helps disadvantaged women get construction jobs. "They are often the pioneers of community, if you help women you have a trickle down effect to children and families," she said. Investors are paying more attention to women led-businesses, said Krisztina Tora, chief market development officer at the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, an industry body. 652 people are talking about this A major hurdle remains, though, which is not specific to Africa: "Investors tend to invest (internationally) in people that look like them – white expatriates educated in the U.S.," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "It is not only a challenge for women but the whole industry to get beyond their comfort zone to look at what is creating impact rather than who looks like them," she added. Ahead of the summit, Britain announced plans to provide female entrepreneurs in Africa with £3.5 million ($4.24 million) to help with business advice and mentoring. (Reporting by Sarah Shearman, Additional reporting by Nellie Peyton in Senegal. Editing by Tom Finn. Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit www.trust.org) TOPICSAfricaUKBritainWomenLondonInvestmentTradeBusinessBoris JohnsonEntrepreneurFemale EntrepreneursUK-Africa Investment Summit
  3. By Erica Sanchez and Catherine Caruso JAN. 21, 2020 1 ENVIRONMENT Climate Refugees Cannot Be Sent Back Home: UN The United Nations’ landmark ruling sets a global precedent for human rights. Why Global Citizens Should Care The devastating effects of climate change have displaced millions from their homes all over the world. Global Goal 13 seeks to combat the urgent threat of climate change through education, innovation, and commitment. You can join us and take action on this issue here. In a landmark decision, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has ruled that refugees fleeing the disastrous impacts of climate change cannot be sent back to their home countries. The ruling was made on the heels of a case involving one man from Kiribati. Ioane Teitiota sought protection from New Zealand due to the threat of rising sea levels in Kiribati, according to CNN. While the committee ultimately ruled against him, claiming that his life was not in immediate danger, Teitiota’s situation highlighted a previously unanticipated problem. Brought to you by: Cisco Take the Quiz: What Do You Know About Your Impact on the Planet? PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información Before the ruling, adoptive countries could send climate refugees back to their home countries, despite the continued threats of climate change that displaced them in the first place. While rising sea levels in Kiribati do not pose an immediate threat, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has revealed that the nation is currently one of six countries in the Pacific Islands with the highest sea levels and is at risk of becoming uninhabitable by 2050. "Without robust national and international efforts, the effects of climate change in receiving states may expose individuals to a violation of their rights," the judgment said. As natural disasters and climate emergencies intensify, the ruling could be a significant safeguard to those fleeing their home countries in the future. Related StoriesFeb. 27, 2018The US Is Finally Talking About Climate Change Displacement Included in the ruling were articles 6 and 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which state that every person has an inherent right to life and should be able to live a life free from torture. “Given that the risk of an entire country becoming submerged under water is such an extreme risk, the conditions of life in such a country may become incompatible with the right to life with dignity before the risk is realized,” the decision said. Across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 143 million people are at risk of being displaced by the effects of climate change in a few decades, according to a 2018 World Bank report. The increase of droughts, rising sea levels, and crop failures could force millions to flee their homes and seek refuge in countries that remain less affected. Related StoriesOct. 13, 2017Thomson Reuters FoundationNatural Disasters Make 14 Million People Homeless Each Year, Reports Show “The decision sets a global precedent,” Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher Kate Schuetze said on Monday. “It says a state will be in breach of its human rights obligations if it returns someone to a country where — due to the climate crisis — their life is at risk, or in danger of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment triggered.” TOPICSEnvironmentmedio ambienteUnited Nationsnaciones unidasClimate ChangeHuman Rightsderechos humanosClimate Refugeesrefugiados climaticos
  4. By Joe McCarthy MARCH 1, 2019 CITIZENSHIP Child Poverty Costs the US Nearly $1.1 Trillion Every Year A new report could spur legislative action. Why Global Citizens Should Care Children who grow up in poverty face a range of consequences that greatly limit their potential in life. The United Nations’ Global Goals calls on countries, including the US, to end all forms of poverty. You can join us in taking action on this issue here. A group of experts tapped by Congress released a report on Friday that takes on the crisis of child poverty in the United States. Across nearly 600 pages, the bipartisan “Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty” report describes the dimensions of child poverty in the US and suggests a few policy prescriptions that could ease the problem. From a purely economic perspective, ending child poverty makes a lot of sense. In fact, the authors of the report estimate that child poverty costs the US economy $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to higher crime, poor health outcomes, and lower income levels when poor kids grow up. Take Action: Demand Leaders Create a World Where She Is Equal Firma: Pídele a los líderes que creen un mundo donde Ella Es Igual 18.323 / 25.000 acciones realizadas PASA A LA ACCIÓN As a result, any funding aimed at reducing child poverty would actually save the government money, the authors suggest. But the authors stress that there are many more pressing reasons to end child poverty. Around 20% of children in the US live in poverty, and that number rises to nearly 30% in states like Mississippi, according to the US Census Bureau. Growing up in poverty has serious consequences that can affect a child for life. Related StoriesSept. 17, 20184.5 Million Children Live in Poverty in the UK “A child growing up in a family whose income is below the poverty line experiences worse outcomes than a child from a wealthier family in virtually every dimension, from physical and mental health, to educational attainment and labor market success, to risky behaviors and delinquency,” the authors write in the report. The stress associated with poverty can disrupt the brain’s development, the regulation of hormones, and more. Poverty is correlated with long-term health and behavioral problems, lower educational attainment, and higher incarceration rates. The cyclical nature of poverty means that adults who grew up in poverty are most likely to raise children in poverty. Overall, these interconnected injustices amount to a human rights violation, according to the United Nations. Related StoriesFeb. 26, 2019Growing Up in Poverty Affects the Brain Differently Than We Thought The Congressional report suggests a few ways to curb child poverty. For the most part, the recommendations focus on improving work incentives, providing job training to people living in poverty, and expanding welfare benefits such as food stamps and housing vouchers. The report also calls for a modest increase to the federal minimum wage to $10.25, and greater tax rebates for families with children. Many of these recommendations have already been introduced in bills pushed by members of Congress, meaning the new report could bolster ongoing attempts to combat child poverty, according to Vox. Related StoriesJune 18, 2018Child Poverty at Staggering Levels Across Canada, Report Shows Other experts argue for more ambitious programs to end child poverty, including expanding parental leave, free child care, pre-K, free school lunches, and more. Nevertheless, this latest report adds momentum to a growing movement. “America’s future is not as secure as it could be because millions of American children live in families with incomes below the poverty line,” the report says. “A wealth of evidence suggests that a lack of adequate economic resources for families with children compromises these children’s ability to grow and achieve adult success, hurting them and the broader society.” TOPICSCurrent eventsCitizenshipPovertyMultidimensional povertyCongressChild povertyChild poverty in the US
  5. By Catherine Caruso JAN. 22, 2020 7 HEALTH The First Case of Coronavirus Has Been Identified in the United States The coronavirus outbreak in China has killed 17 people. Why Global Citizens Should Care Global Goal 3 promotes good health and well-being through quality health care and preventative measures. Join us and take action on this issue here. The highly infectious coronavirus is spreading rapidly through the Chinese city of Wuhan and cases have popped up in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and now, the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Tuesday. The American patient is a 30-year-old Washington resident, who recently returned from Wuhan. In just three weeks, more than 500 people have been infected with the coronavirus and 17 have died in China, according to CNN. Brought to you by: Johnson & Johnson Take the Quiz: Where You Live Shouldn't Determine Whether You Live PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información The coronavirus is a respiratory illness spread through direct contact with an infected person. The virus causes a variety of symptoms, which can range from a runny nose to pneumonia, depending on severity. The version of the coronavirus plaguing Wuhan is a relatively new strain of the virus called 2019-nCoV, for which there is currently no treatment or vaccine. The National Institutes of Health reported Tuesday, that the development of a vaccine for the virus is in its preliminary stages. The new strain is believed to have originated from a seafood market. While the incubation period of the disease is still unknown, the CDC suggests that people who may have been exposed to the virus monitor themselves for two weeks and watch for the following symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, body aches, trouble breathing, and diarrhea. Related StoriesJan. 8, 2020World’s Largest Measles Outbreak Kills Thousands in Congo With the Lunar New Year fast-approaching and millions of people in China preparing to travel, Beijing officials have announced a quarantine in Wuhan starting on Friday. This new measure will allow hospitals to quarantine anyone suspected of having the virus, to contain the outbreak as much as possible. "Basically, do not go to Wuhan. And those in Wuhan, please do not leave the city," Li Bin, deputy director of China's National Health Commission, told a news conference on Wednesday. To make matters worse, one scientist believes that the virus could be mutating. "We are still in the process of learning more about this disease," Gao Fu, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, said at the news conference, noting that mutations can cause symptoms to worsen and make the virus spread faster. Related StoriesMay 31, 2018This Rare, Infectious Disease Has Killed 14 People So Far While the coronavirus is usually spread from animals to people, this new strain in Wuhan is transmitted through human contact. At least 15 health care workers have already contracted the virus after being in contact with patients. "Evidence has shown that the disease has been transmitted through the respiratory tract and there is the possibility of viral mutation," Li said. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency committee is currently meeting in Geneva, Switzerland to determine whether or not the coronavirus outbreak is a global public health crisis. TOPICSWHOHealthVirusChinaDiseaseOutbreakCDCCoronavirus
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  12. You could become a ONE Champion in Kenya or Ethiopia 17 January 2020 7:53AM UTC | By: ULRICH JANSE VAN VUUREN JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Recruitment for the first cohort of the ONE Champions programme in Kenya and Ethiopia is now open. We’re looking for passionate activists to join us! Our ONE Champions are volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35, with a passion for changing the world and a commitment to ending extreme poverty in all its shapes and forms. We are looking for people who will mobilise their families, friends and communities to fight extreme poverty and ask their policymakers difficult questions to push for the change they want to see. Why become a ONE Champion? Being a ONE Champion offers you an opportunity to impact your community, country and the world on specific issues, including poverty, global health, and equality. You’ll work with highly visible, mission-driven ONE supporters in a supportive environment. Champions will receive training on how to campaign, lobby decision- makers and engage the media in a compelling way. You will also have the opportunity to attend ONE events and put your skills into practice in meetings with high-level decision-makers. And, you will be able to follow through on key advocacy issues until a decision-making outcome is achieved. What we need from you A clear commitment to integrity A commitment to stay engaged with ONE throughout the year Passion for creating change Proven commitment to efforts to end poverty Interest in engaging policymakers on issues of relevance Willingness to dedicate some time to raise awareness and mobilise different people to support ONE’s initiatives Good communication skills This is your opportunity to join our dedicated ONE Champions in Kenya or Ethiopia. If you think you have what it takes apply here by 14 February 2020. Bonus: Hear from some of our current Champions throughout Meet our Volunteer series.
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  14. By Leah Rodriguez JAN. 17, 2020 1 EDUCATION Indian Families Struggle to Invest in Education As Food Inflation Rises Consumer food inflation is the highest its been in six years. Why Global Citizens Should Care An estimated 8.1 million children are out of school in India and economic hardship only makes it even more difficult for them to receive an education. Global Goal 4 aims to deliver quality education to all. You can join us and take action on this issue here. Families in India are struggling to choose between basic needs like nutrition and education as food inflation rapidly rises. Consumer food inflation — the cost of buying food — hit 14.12% in December, the highest in six years, according to Scroll.in. Staples like dried legumes, rice, flour, and vegetables all cost between 10% and 30% more than they did in October 2019. For some families, the increase means they now have to decide between feeding their children or paying for school. In most of India, produce prices have risen due to excessive climate change-induced heavy rains that damaged crops. Grain prices, however, are up because the government is storing higher quantities of them than necessary in case of emergencies, experts say. Brought to you by: Cisco Take the Quiz: What Have Your Actions Achieved for Education? PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información The Kamle family, who live outside of Mumbai, said the fish that they eat one a week skyrocketed from 100 rupees (around $1.40) per kg to ($2.80) per kg in just two months, according to Scroll.in. At this rate, they cannot continue to pay for food, their son’s current education, and extracurriculars, while saving for college. In recent years, more Indian families like the Kamles are opting to place their children in private schools where they believe they will receive a better education than in government schools, even if they can’t necessarily afford it. Read More: Meet the Cisco Youth Leadership Award Finalist Who Is Ensuring Schoolchildren in India Stay Healthy To keep up with school tuition, the Kamle family has been forced to dip into their savings and their son has had to stop attending certain school activities. While they do not want to sacrifice nutrition for education, they have recently cut down on eating vegetables to minimize expenses. The Tambe family has also decided to reduce grocery costs and other expenses to keep up with their children’s school tuition, according to Scroll.in. The family is stretching meals to last longer so they can afford the supplies and materials their children need for school projects. Even without having to deal with food inflation, keeping up with school expenses is hard enough for families living in poverty. The cost of school supplies, in addition to registration fees, uniforms, and books can cause some children to drop out, start late, or not attend at all. “School fees and related costs tend to have a disproportionate impact on girls, as many parents value girls’ education less and are, therefore, less willing to pay for it,” according to the organization Human Rights Watch. Related StoriesJan. 2, 2020Food Aid in Zimbabwe Could Run Out by End of February Families in India will likely continue facing difficult decisions between education and nutrition for months to come. Food inflation is expected to remain high until April when major crops come in, but food prices could still be affected after, according to economists. While experts say a normal monsoon season would help reduce food inflation, heavy rainfalls already ruined summer-sown crops and stalled winter crops. TOPICSEducationIndiapovertyInflationFood and Hunger COMMENTS
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