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Food’s a human right, not just ‘a commodity to be traded’: Guterres

September 23, 2021 No comments

Food’s a human right, not just ‘a commodity to be traded’: Guterres

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2021, UN Affairs - Every day, hundreds of millions of people go to bed hungry. Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. Two billion are overweight or obese and yet 462 million, are underweight. Nearly a third of all food that is produced, is lost or wasted.   These are just some of the problems and contradictions laid bare by the UN Secretary-General on Thursday at the opening of the landmark UN Food Systems Summit, that is bringing together farmers and fishers, youth, Indigenous Peoples, Heads of State, governments and many more, in an effort to transform the sector and get the world back on track to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.  For António Guterres, “change in food systems is not only possible, it is necessary”; for the people, for the planet and for prosperity.   The UN chief warned, though, that COVID-19 has made the challenge much greater.  The pandemic has deepened inequalities, decimated economies, plunged millions into...

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UN chief: Window to avert devasting climate impacts ‘rapidly closing’

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UN chief: Window to avert devasting climate impacts ‘rapidly closing’

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2021, Climate and Environment - No region is immune to climate disasters the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that “our window of opportunity” to prevent the worst climate impacts is “rapidly closing”. Drawing attention to the “deeply alarming” report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month, Secretary-General António Guterres spelled out that “much bolder climate action is needed” to maintain international peace and security. He urged the G20 industrialized nations to step up and drive action before the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in early November. ‘Risk multipliers’ Against the backdrop of wildfires, flooding, droughts and other extreme weather events, the UN chief said that “no region is immune”. And he pointed out that the climate crisis is “particularly profound” with compounded by fragility and conflict. Describing...

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Call to action: Prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies

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Call to action: Prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2021, Women - Top UN officials met in the margins of the 76th General Assembly on Thursday,  with a strong call to action to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV), amid a rise in forced displacement and other humanitarian emergencies around the globe. GBV includes acts that inflict physical, sexual or mental harm – or other forms of suffering, coercion and limits on personal freedoms - and has “long-term consequences on the sexual, physical and psychological health of survivors”, according to the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA). These are being driven increasingly by conflict, climate change, famine and insecurity, heightening vulnerabilities for girls and women. ‘Willingness to act' UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem told the meeting on Localizing GBV in humanitarian crises, that peace, justice...

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UNICEF: Haiti children vulnerable to ‘violence, poverty and displacement’

September 23, 2021 No comments

UNICEF: Haiti children vulnerable to ‘violence, poverty and displacement’

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2021, Migrants and Refugees - As Haiti continues to reel from the “triple tragedy” of natural disasters, gang violence and the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed concern on Thursday that two-thirds of Haitian migrants expelled from the United States border in recent days are women and children – including newborns with “specific and immediate needs”. “When children and families are sent back without adequate protection, they find themselves even more vulnerable to violence, poverty and displacement – factors that drove them to migrate in the first place”, said Executive Director Henrietta Fore. A rocky road Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has been long plagued with poverty, civil unrest, political and economic instability. Children should never be returned to situations...

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UN chief appeals for countries to sign nuclear test-ban treaty

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UN chief appeals for countries to sign nuclear test-ban treaty

INTERNATIONAL, 23 September 2021, Peace and Security - UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday again urged eight key countries which have not yet signed or ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), to do so without delay. His request came in remarks to the latest conference to promote the treaty’s entry into force, which were delivered by UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu. Near universal acceptance The CTBT was adopted in 1996 and has been signed by 185 countries, and ratified by 170 of them, including three nuclear weapons-holding States: France, Russia and the United Kingdom. However, for the Treaty to enter into force, it must be signed and ratified by 44 specific nuclear technology holder countries, eight of which have yet to ratify the Treaty: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, the Democratic People’s...

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Minister Lawrence visits local brewery. Aims to promote local production

Minister Lawrence visits local brewery. Aims to promote local production

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – A moment of curiosity captured...

September 23, 2021 No comments

Minister Richardson pays a visit to Dutch State Secretary Knops

Minister Richardson pays a visit to Dutch State Secretary Knops

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The main items on the agenda...

September 23, 2021 No comments

MP Buncamper presents Questions on a Number of Issues

MP Buncamper presents Questions on a Number of Issues

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - During the public meeting of parliament...

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Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

Government and NRPB on SMHDF funding request related to Housing

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of Sint Maarten...

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Royal Netherlands Marechaussee welcomes Minister Richardson to Knowledge Center

September 23, 2021

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee welcomes Minister Richardson to Knowledge Center

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - On Thursday September 23, 2021, in her pursuit to forge relationships...

One arrested during house search in drugs smuggling investigation

September 23, 2021

One arrested during house search in drugs smuggling investigation

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On September 23, 2021, the Alpha Team carried out a house search and ar...

Minister Richardson visits the Care and Security House in Haaglanden

September 22, 2021

Minister Richardson visits the Care and Security House in Haaglanden

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - As her work visit continues, on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, Mini...

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17 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 165 Active Cases. Nine Persons Remain Hospitalized

September 23, 2021 No comments

17 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 165 Active Cases. Nine Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 23rd, there were seventeen (17) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, eleven (11) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to o...

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ODM: Calls on Residents and Businesses to Closely Monitor Tropical Storm Sam. Recheck your Disaster Supply Kit

September 23, 2021 No comments

ODM: Calls on Residents and Businesses to Closely Monitor Tropical Storm Sam. Recheck your Disaster Supply Kit

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The 18th -named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season Tropical Storm (TS) Sam, is expected to become the seventh hurricane of the season on Friday. TS Sam is ...

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Boy, 12, wins right to be vaccinated despite his father’s opposition

September 23, 2021 No comments

Boy, 12, wins right to be vaccinated despite his father’s opposition

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A 12-year-old Dutch boy has been told by judges in Groningen that he can be vaccinated against coronavirus even though his father has refused to allow it. The youngster...

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10-Year Old Child almost bitten by dog in Ebenezer. Police warn dog owners

September 22, 2021 No comments

10-Year Old Child almost bitten by dog in Ebenezer. Police warn dog owners

SINT MAARTEN (EBENEZER) - In recent months, Police have received several complaints about dogs running out of their yards and attacking people on public roads. On Tuesday afternoon, September 21, at ...

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More Value & More Data with New Chippie Mobile Plans

September 22, 2021

More Value & More Data with New Chippie Mobile Plans

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Leading telecoms provider Flow has announced major enhancements to its ...

General Hospital basement floor pouring on Thursday evening

September 22, 2021

General Hospital basement floor pouring on Thursday evening

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)’s general contractor will be pouring the...

Rotary Sunset to Host Virtual Reading Slumber Fun

September 22, 2021

Rotary Sunset to Host Virtual Reading Slumber Fun

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday September 24th, 2021, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset wi...

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Motion to establish social minimum adopted

September 23, 2021

Motion to establish social minimum adopted

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The Island Council want the new Dutch Government to see the establishing of a so...

Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands gets family room for visitors

September 23, 2021

Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands gets family room for visitors

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - As of the 1st of October 2021, the Judicial Institution Caribbean Netherlands...

Statia Heritage Research Commission officially installed

September 22, 2021

Statia Heritage Research Commission officially installed

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The Statia Heritage Research Commission (SHRC) has officially been ins...

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Dutch economy grows faster than forecast, households have more to spend

September 23, 2021 No comments

Dutch economy grows faster than forecast, households have more to spend

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch economy is growing faster than expected, with growth of 3.8% in the second quarter, not 3.1% as earlier forecast, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursd...

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40 mayors call on next Dutch government to legalise marijuana

September 23, 2021 No comments

40 mayors call on next Dutch government to legalise marijuana

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Almost 40 Dutch mayors, mainly from the south of the Netherlands, have signed a manifesto calling on the government to legalise soft drugs as part of a campaign to tackl...

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Infant sustained minor injuries after a rear-end collision

September 23, 2021 No comments

Infant sustained minor injuries after a rear-end collision

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Around 8:00 a.m., on September 23, 2021, Police Central Dispatch received a call about a traffic accident at the intersection of Gladiola Road and Carnation Road. Prelimi...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

September 23, 2021 No comments

Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN  DATE ISSUED: Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)   VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) September 24, 2021  …TROPICAL STORM SAM STRENGTH...

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