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      • Protégeons le thon | Chérie Hart

        23 Jul 2014

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        Je ne regarderai plus jamais un sandwich au thon de la même façon. Notre projet de film l'an dernier, en partenariat avec Discovery Channel en Asie, m’a ouvert les yeux. Je ne savais pas, par exemple, que la moitié du thon dans le monde provient du Pacifique, et que la pêche dans cette partie du monde a plus que doublé dans les dix dernières années. Je ne savais pas qu'il y avait tant d’espèces de thon : le thon à nageoires jaunes, le thon obèse, à gros œil, l’albacore et le listao. Pour moi, le thon était du thon en boîte, soit en saumure ou à l'huile. J'ai aussi appris que l'industrie du thon est vitale, et détermine le mode de vie de la plupart des habitants des îles du Pacifique. Environ 80 pour cent des exportations et cinq pour cent des emplois rémunérés pour la moitié des insulaires proviennent de la pêche. L'industrie du thon utilise de nouvelles technologies innovantes pour augmenter la production. Divers « dispositifs de concentration » attirent les poissons en grandes quantités. Que ce soit au Pacifique ou ailleurs, agences nationales, internationales, et gouvernements travaillent de concert pour améliorer la technologie et les moyens de monitorer la pêche. LeRead More

      • Friendly clinics for sexual diversity | Manuel Irizar

        01 May 2014

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        LBGT people aspire to receive the same health, education, or employment services as all of us. Photo: UNDP in Colombia

        In recent years, Argentinian society has made significant progress as relates to the full exercise of citizens’ rights. However, sexually diverse groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LBGT) people still face discriminatory situations affecting dramatically their quality of life. Access to free public health services for LGBTs has always been problematic in Argentina. At UNDP, we consider that the system’s shortcomings must be countered by concrete initiatives - such as the Friendly Clinics for Sexual Diversity. Financed by our Regional Office, the project involves setting up dedicated areas for LGBTs as part of the public health service. These areas are supervised through joint action by social organizations, local HIV programs and Public Hospital Services. A joint task force involving civil society organizations and a health team working at the Public Hospital has been established to raise awareness of the Friendly Clinics, and to encourage and accompany regular visits by members of the diversity groups accessing health care. The health team provides services such as medical care, counseling   and diagnosis of HIV and other STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), psychosocial support and schedules specific treatments required by the patients. To get this proposal off the ground,we surveyed 11 provinces across theRead More

      • From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals | Leire Pajín

        28 Apr 2014

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        The UN has led consultations on a new development agenda that takes voices from all its member states into consideration. (Photo: UNDP Thailand)

        The world has undergone significant change since the launching of the Millennium Declaration – a declaration capable of galvanizing political will and enabling agreement on the international development agenda as defined by eight objectives. The time has now come to examine and renew true political commitments. As part of this process, the UN has led reflection and debate to define a new agenda for the “Future We Want for All"  initiative based on two guiding principles: to accelerate and fulfill of the Millennium Declaration’s tasks, and also to incorporate the new challenges posed by our unique and complex world based on lessons learnt during the past 14 years. What role can the international community play within this context? Finish what has been started. If we take stock of what has happened during these 14 years, much progress has been made, particularly in reducing extreme poverty, creating universal access to primary education, fighting malaria and improving access to drinking water. As various UN reports have highlighted, several countries have made significant strides forward on the MDGs, and some of the most important successes in recent years have occurred in the poorest countries. However, new challenges appear on the horizon. We need aRead More

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