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Indigenous, International, Society

COVID-19 poses ‘critical threat to Indigenous Peoples,’ says UN rights chief

The COVID-19 pandemic that has infected nearly 20 million people worldwide and has claimed over 730,000 lives, poses a critical threat to Indigenous Peoples, says the United Nations top human rights official. In a statement released on Sunday, on the »

International, Society

Canadian military to provide airlift for UN pandemic relief efforts

The Canadian military will provide airlift support for the United Nations’ food and health agencies to transport urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies to pandemic hotspots around the world, Canadian officials announced Monday. The Canadian Armed Forces will use their »

Politics, Society

Lack of women soldiers nearly cost Canada a UN peacekeeping mission

Results don’t match rhetoric on women in military Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly called himself a feminist and promoted the idea of more women in all fields of endeavour, including the military. It was also longstanding policy priority »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Former Canadian top banker named as special UN envoy on climate

Having served as top banker in both Canada and England, Canadian Mark Carney will take on a new United Nations climate role in January. Born in Canada’s Northwest Territories in 1965, Mark Carney has a long and distinguished career in »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

U.N. climate warning: Move quickly before it’s too late

The United Nations latest warning on climate says we’re heading for a global average increase of 3.2 degrees Celsius. It notes that countries agreed to targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow the increase are well short of the »

International, Politics

U.N. vote: Canada makes major policy shift on Israel-Palestine

In a surprise move this week, Canada broke from a long-standing policy on Isreal and voted in favour of a U.N. motion condemning Israeli “occupation” of Palestinian claimed territory. Especially since 2006 under Conservative leader Stephen Harper Canada has voted »

The Link

The LINK Online Nov 15.16.17, 2019

Your hosts, Terry and Marc Canada welcomes genocide lawsuit against Myanmar, says Freeland Gambia has launched a lawsuit against Myanmar (formerly Burma) claiming that state has committed genocide against their Rohingya minority. In Canada, a unanimous vote in the House »

International

Record 45 million people in southern Africa facing food crisis, says UN

A record 45 million people across southern Africa face severe food shortages in the next six months, with nearly 11 million currently enduring drought-induced “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity, three United Nations agencies warned on Thursday. The 16-member »

International, Politics

Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s bid for UN Security Council seat

The newly elected minority Liberal government will continue its campaign for one of the rotating seats on the United Nations Security Council, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday. “We are committed to playing a positive and constructive role at the »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Society

UN expert warns of a coming ‘climate apartheid’

A United Nations expert says the world is risking a “climate apartheid” scenario where the rich can pay to escape heat, hunger and conflict while the poor are left to suffer. Climate change threatens democracy and human rights, says UN »