Carine Kaneza Nantulya is the Africa advocacy director at Human Rights Watch
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Businesses are being encouraged to follow the lead of the youth to halt desertification, reduce degradation, improve agricultural sustainability and restore damaged lands. “The youth is a very particular case. The youth give me a lot of hope because I see their passion, and I see their vision,” head of the United Nations Convention to […]
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With each passing day, the world gets just a little smaller as the internet and cell phones bring our communities together, reveal our shared challenges, and lay bare our failures. As global citizens, we are all concerned about the growing number of hungry people around the world and the threats to food security. The simple […]
The United Nations, in a new report to be released next month, has warned “there is no escaping the fact that the global landscape for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has generally deteriorated since 2015, hindering the efforts of governments and other partners” And the commitment to multilateral cooperation, so central […]
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We humans are at the absurd stage in our technological evolution when we seem to have abandoned our common sense. Billions are spent by governments, corporations and investors in training computer-based algorithms (i.e. computer programs) in today’s mindless rush to create so-called “artificial” intelligence, widely advertised as AI. Meanwhile, training our children and their brains […]
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Events marking the 25th anniversary of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Day to Combat Desertification opened here Monday, Jun. 17 with a call for urgent action to protect and restore degrading land. Two United Nations officials, the secretary-general as well as the UNCCD head, said it’s crucial that countries take action in […]
The coming decades will be crucial in shaping and implementing a transformative land agenda, according to a scientist at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). UNCCD-Science Policy Interface co-chair Dr. Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, who spoke with IPS ahead of the start of activities to mark World Day to […]
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In a world that is becoming more and more industrial by the day, air pollution appears to be on the rise. While there have been efforts in major cities to combat the grave effects that pollution can have on the overall health of its citizens, there is still more progress to be made. Karen Beck […]
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Land restoration could attract large private investments in the fight against climate change over the coming decades, if Governments and the United Nations put the right incentives and conditions in place. When the goats on his farm had nothing more to eat, because the soil was eroded and most of the vegetation destroyed, South African […]
Yet another under-reported human-made disaster: the relentless desertification of Planet Earth that may make uninhabitable some regions like the Middle East, endanger food security, aggravate climate crisis, and force more and more millions of people to flee. But before listing the main causes and consequences of this mounting threat, you should know that, according to the UN, […]
One third of the planet’s land surface is under the threat of desertification, impacting over 250 million people. Although Africa remains the most affected continent, we are witnessing an alarming shift globally: 30% of the United States for example is affected by desertification, one quarter of the land in Latin America and the Caribbean is […]
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With the advent of the 21st century, there has been a steady rise in energy access all around the globe. For the first time ever, the total number of people without access to electricity fell below 1 billion in 2017 according to the International Energy Agency. Despite the increase in the pace of electrification, 13 […]
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Wendell Balderas is Media & Communications Manager of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)
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UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a Chatham House meeting in London last week that the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of the legacies of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “spawned tremendous progress” in the battle against poverty worldwide. She pointed out that the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day […]
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Not long ago, 15-year-old Nelsmar attended a middle-class school in central Venezuela. That was before her family was uprooted by the economic and humanitarian crisis in her country, which has pushed nearly 3.9 million persons to migrate or flee, according to recent estimates of the Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela. Nelsmar’s family […]
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In late March Cyclone Idai carved a path of devastation across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi. It was the deadliest cyclone to hit the region in more than a century, others have even referred to it as “Africa’s Hurricane Katrina.” More than 1,000 people were killed. Many more saw their homes, food crops, and even entire […]
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While cities around the world have been providing safe havens to refugees, a few US cities in the Upstate New York region have been integrating refugees and asylum-seekers into their communities. Specifically, the towns of Utica, Buffalo and Syracuse, are welcoming refugees to live and work. These towns share a border with Canada and so […]
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They are thought to be the world’s most persecuted refugees. It is also argued that they are one of the most forgotten too. Some five year ago I saw and met hundreds of inmates from Burma in a Jeddah prison. Thousands of Burmese Muslims from Arakan – often called Rohingyas – were offered a safe […]
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As David Chipperfield begins the next stage of the restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie on Piazza San Marco in Venice, James Imam asks if architects can save cities straining to deal with increasing tourist numbers. David Chipperfield's restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie is a declaration of solidarity with Venice's residents. The city is besieged by hordes of
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New York-based design studio Asthetíque has completed a restaurant in Moscow called The Y that draws on the stylised sets of films directed by Wes Anderson. Located in the newly developed neighbourhood of Hamovniki, the two-storey space combines a soft palette with eclectic architectural elements that exude a "theatrical experience from the moment you walk
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London designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has collaborated with Abet Laminati to create a three-piece collection of unusually shaped and boldly coloured furniture for Camp Design Gallery. The collection, titled Three characters in the Second Act: The Royal Family, comprises two large cabinets, called Benevolente and Solidale, and a chair, named Gioioso. Each of the pieces
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Belgian studio Atelier Vens Vanbelle has designed a white house inspired by the monasteries and farmhouses that typify the Oosterzele region. The brick house has been built in a rural environment in Belgium and aims to be a peaceful space for the owners. "The main reference for this project was a monastery, because we wanted to introduce some basic
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Spanish practice SelgasCano has revealed its design for Second Home in Hollywood – a sprawling co-working campus comprising bright yellow work pods interspersed with lush planting. Set to open in September this year, Second Home Hollywood will mark the first US location of the British company, which provides studio and office space for creatives and entrepreneurs. The
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American architecture firm Studio Gang has released an updated set of renderings of its undulating addition to the American Natural History Museum in Manhattan. Studio Gang unveiled new renderings of the addition, known as the Richard Gilder Center, to coincide with the extension breaking ground last week. The centre is designed to add galleries, classrooms,
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Forty gold angels sitting on swings have been installed by KHBT and Ottmar Hörlwatch to watch over commuters near St Paul's Cathedral in London. Named Lunch Break, the installation for the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is designed to be a temporary additional to St Paul's Plinth – a preexisting frame structure outside St Paul's tube station. London
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French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have worked with US manufacturers Skyline Design on a collection of glass panels emblazoned with colourful geometric patterns created using code. The collection, named Oblique and Chevron, has been designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to explore how colours can subtly alter in tone when iterated in different
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Beauty brand Glossier has teamed up with landscape designer Studio Lily Kwong to create a pop-up shop in Seattle that is filled with plant-covered mounds and splashes of pink and purple. Located in the city's Capitol Hill neighbourhood, the temporary space occupies a linear, ground-level space measuring 1,100 square feet (102 square metres). The design
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Dezeen promotion: Dezeen will team up with Samsung to run a pair of reader competitions to design new graphics and accessories for its Galaxy smartphones, which the electronics brand first launched 10 years ago. The two contests – one for graphic design and one for product design – will be looking for fresh perspectives and
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Studio Seilern Architects has converted a half-built conference centre in Andermatt, Switzerland, into a concert hall by lifting up its roof to double the building's size. Named Andermatt Concert Hall, the 650-seat venue is the "first major purpose-built concert hall in any Alpine ski village". Studio Seilern Architects designed the building as part of a hotel and
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Exposed concrete walls and a set of "hit-and-miss" stairs add character to this formerly lacklustre apartment in east London, which has been overhauled by Merrett Houmøller Architects. Set inside a housing complex that was built in the early 2000s, the Hackney apartment was previously host to a series of cramped, light-starved rooms as a result
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's "cyborg botany" researchers have turned plants into sensors and displays, suggesting we use them as a gentle alternative to electronic screens. Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group have been researching how to merge plants and artificial electronics to create new interfaces. "Plants are normally
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Our selection of the best opportunities in architecture, interiors and design on Dezeen Jobs this week includes positions at private members' club Soho House and architecture firm Benoy. Junior interior designer at Soho House Soho House has an opportunity for a junior interior designer in New York. The members' club recently launched an interiors collection ranging
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Ethical creative agency Nice and Serious has developed an online platform that directs Londoners to their closest zero-waste shops and offers tips on how to reduce your reliance on plastics. Useless is described by its creators as "London's first digital directory that is dedicated exclusively to showcasing the capital's zero-waste shops". The website features an
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A trio of timber-clad bungalows by TRIAS Architects form Three Piece House in Stockton, Australia, which is raised on a reclaimed brick base to protect it from the sea. Sydney-based TRIAS Architects designed Three Piece House for a family in New South Wales as a simple, single-storey dwelling close to the coast, where there are
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Canadian firm Mason Studio has designed this hotel in Toronto to feature an abundance of local flavour, including decorative archways and a nod to the city's famous albino squirrels. Located within a former Holiday Inn in the city's trendy Annex neighbourhood, the 188-room property marks the first outpost of the Kimpton hotel branch in Canada.
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Brazilian firm Solo Arquitetos sourced red-hued stones from a local quarry and repurposed bricks from a defunct factory to build this vacation home near Brazil's Paranapanema river. The holiday home is located in Alvorada do Sul, a small municipality roughly 500 kilometres from São Paulo. The owners previously owned a factory, which was demolished and provided
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A wooden hillside cabin on the island of Stokkøya, Norway, by Kappland Arkitekter is spread over multiple levels expansive views out to the surrounding countryside. Cabin Stokkøya was designed to focus on two contrasting landscapes – out towards the sea to the west, and back at the dramatic green scenery to the east. Designed by
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Jasper Morrison has enlisted 18 designers including Martino Gamper, Michael Marriott and Cecilie Manz to create benches for Fiskars Village in Finland, for its inaugural art and design biennale. The London-based designer was invited by the organisers of the Fiskars Village Biennale to curate the installation, which involved placing public benches along the banks of
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