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July 2009 Blog Posts (27)

Eco-san toilet bowls make its mark in the Philippines

The ecological sanitation system urine diverting dry toilet (UDDT) or eco-san bowls for short was a project started in 2003 by Center for Advanced Philippine Studies (CAPS). This was a poverty alleviation program under the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) whose objective was to propagate eco-san in areas where water supply is a problem.



The eco-san bowls, widely used in China, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and Sweden, hit the Philippines to replace the flush-type toilets and to… Continue

Added by Maria Congee Gomez on July 31, 2009 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

UN Security Council meeting on Somalia

Statement by the UN Special Representative for Somalia

Mr Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah



UN Security Council meeting on Somalia

29 July 2009



Mr President,

Permanent Representatives,

Ladies and Gentlemen



I am grateful for this opportunity to brief the Security Council.



While the situation remains fragile, there are positive developments in Somalia. As I told the Council previously, a new paradigm is being implemented. Despite multiple… Continue

Added by Daud Abdi Daud on July 29, 2009 at 23:07 — No Comments

Spicing up nanotechnology



The heat is on for a networking site for nanoscientists. The Internet Nanoscience Community, TINC, was created by Hungarian chemistry student Andras Paszternak and now has more than 2000 members.



The heat is on for an online social networking community for nanoscientists. The Internet Nanoscience Community, TINC, was created by Hungarian chemistry student Andras Paszternak. It now provides a rich menu of communication tools for the… Continue

Added by Andras Paszternak on July 29, 2009 at 21:39 — No Comments

UN human rights chief highlights plight of civilians caught up in conflicts

UN human rights chief highlights plight of civilians caught up in conflicts





GENEVA – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday that the condition of civilians in armed conflicts was a matter of “grave alarm,” and urged the Human Rights Council to do its utmost to protect civilians caught up in fighting around the world.



Pillay, who was delivering a keynote address to the Geneva-based Council, cited nine countries where ongoing conflicts were… Continue

Added by Daud Abdi Daud on July 28, 2009 at 19:23 — No Comments

South Africa environmental affairs depart to host climate talks

South Africa's department of environmental affairs will host a national information and consultation session on the international climate change talks on Tuesday, 04 August 2009 at the Colosseum Hotel in Pretoria.



Convening of the session is informed by the critical phase of international negotiations that we are now entering as we approach the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to be held from 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark



The… Continue

Added by Fidelis Zvomuya on July 27, 2009 at 15:10 — No Comments

SOJRA is warmly welcome the three day conference for the Somali journalist held in Nairobi by IFJ through NUSOJ. It is also welcoming Aidan white the secretary general of IFJ

SOJRA is warmly welcome the three day conference for the Somali journalist held in Nairobi by IFJ through NUSOJ. It is also welcoming Aidan white the secretary general of IFJ to meet with some Somali journalist in Nairobi specially NUSOJ members and other supporters.



Mogadishu 25 July,2009 :: SOJRA is encouraging IFJ to give the Somali journalist the support they pledged early and in this conference. Aidan met here in Nairobi some Somali journalist from NUSOJ and others from other… Continue

Added by Daud Abdi Daud on July 25, 2009 at 23:22 — No Comments

Newspaper reports that change local government policies

There are 14 hospitals in Pekanbaru City (Riau Province), Sumatera Island, Indonesia. Six of them have no waste water treatment facilities. All the untreated waste water from those hospitals streams out to city drain and then to the river. And seven hospitals have no incinerators to burn medical wastes. They dump all medical wastes to public waste dump site.



Tribun Pekanbaru published two stories about hospital wastes with one picture of the city drain out side of Zainab Hospital… Continue

Added by Harry Surjadi on July 25, 2009 at 15:05 — No Comments

“Green City”: Local newspaper establishes an environmental section

On March 17, 2008, Tribun Pekanbaru, a local newspaper that is part of the Persda newspaper group in Indonesia, published a photo showing used syringes floating in the drain of Ibu dan Anak (Mother and Child) Zaenab Hospital. A private hospital in Pekanbaru, capital of Riau Province in Sumatra, Ibu dan Anak Zaenab treats mothers and children. Like all but three hospitals in the province, it does not have a waste water treatment facility, nor does it have an incinerator to burn medical and… Continue

Added by Harry Surjadi on July 25, 2009 at 14:58 — 1 Comment

Rising sea levels and sinking Islands

Rising sea levels and sinking Islands

Dinesh Iriyagolle Weerakkody



Effects on Small Islands?



It may be the case that small islands may not go underwater immediately but the effects will accumulate, year by year. Even if the Islands will not completely be flooded, in the near future there will be increasing number of strong storms and cyclones, changing weather patterns, damage to coral reefs due to higher temperatures, and the oceans floods will come to… Continue

Added by Dinesh Weerakkody on July 25, 2009 at 3:46 — No Comments

The both family of the hostages must be avoid to break down our efforts to their release

The both family of the hostages must be avoid to break down our efforts to their release





The Somali Journalists’ Rights Agency (SOJRA) calls for the family of the two hostage journalists in Somalia to be calm and wait the outcome of our efforts for their unconditional release.



“It’s clear that the two journalists are still a live and in a good condition. It is also true that the talks are not going on fast but there is on going talks for their release” said Daud Abdi… Continue

Added by Daud Abdi Daud on July 23, 2009 at 23:56 — No Comments

Awards boost world media coverage in critical year for climate change

The Climate Change Media Partnership has chosen the winners of its 2009 Fellowship programme. The 40 outstanding journalists from 26 developing nations faced stiff competition from a field of 600 applicants.



The international selection panel of CCMP staff from Internews, Panos and the International Institute for Environment and Development, engaged advice from media editors and regional associations of journalists.



Demand for the media support offered by the CCMP Programme… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on July 22, 2009 at 11:14 — No Comments

On 15th July 2009 SOJRA organized one day workshop on human rights violation cases in Somalia, about 21 civil society organization and traditional leaders participated.

Human rights workshop organized by SOJRA



On 15th July 2009 Somali Journalists’ Rights Agency (SOJRA) organized one day workshop on human rights violation cases in Somalia, about 21 civil society organization and traditional leaders participated.



The theme was general discussion about the current human rights in Somalia.



“How those responsible about the grave human rights violation cases in Somalia can be brought to the justice and possible solution for the… Continue

Added by Daud Abdi Daud on July 19, 2009 at 0:00 — No Comments

Russia: Should protect the Human Rights defenders and investigate the killing of Natalia Estemirova

Russia: Should protect the Human Rights defenders and investigate the killing of Natalia Estemirova.



The Federation of Somali Human Rights Activists (FAHRA) calls on the Russian government to protect the human rights defenders and do trustable investigation towards the assassination of Mrs. Natalia Estemirova.



Natalia Estemirova, a leading human rights defender in Chechnya, was found shot dead in Ingushetia on July 15, 2009, Human Rights Watch said today.



“We… Continue

Added by Daud Abdi Daud on July 16, 2009 at 21:41 — 1 Comment

Climate change: a local perspective

Farmer Rinchen had endured, without complaints, the weeds competing for nutrition and sunshine in her chili garden for many seasons. But in recent years she has come across new weeds that spread faster.



“There are so many foreign weeds in the garden and they spread very fast,” says the 65-year old farmer from Semtokha, Thimphu, who calls the weeds Jagar yulma meaning Indian weeds. She adds quickly: “The climate is becoming hotter every year making it favourable for weeds from hot… Continue

Added by Ugyen Penjore on July 14, 2009 at 5:08 — No Comments

The G8, Climate Change and Copenhagen

Very interesting new article from Andrew Pendleton at openDemocracy on the stakes and gaps in climate change conversations in L'Aquila.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/the-g8-and-climate-change-towards-copenhagen

Happy reading!


Farzana

Added by Farzana Nawaz on July 9, 2009 at 10:20 — 1 Comment

climate leadership

- President Barack Obama, buoyed by a domestic victory on climate policy, faces his first foreign test on the issue next week at a forum that could boost the chances of reaching a U.N. global warming pact this year.

Obama, who has pledged U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change, chairs a meeting of the world's top greenhouse gas emitters at the G8 summit in Italy on July 9.



Known as the Major Economies Forum, the grouping… Continue

Added by mehri on July 9, 2009 at 6:20 — No Comments

IDEASS - UN Program on Innovation and Technology Transfer for SMEs in Developing Countries - Call for Proposals

Dear members of R&MN,

I am collaborating with UN interagency (UNDP, UNOPS, ILO, UNIFEM, UNESCO, UNITAR, UNHCR, WHO) program IDEASS (Innovation for Development and South-South Cooperation) in Central America.



IDEASS is part of the UN ART Initiative (Articulating Territorial and Thematic Networks for Human Development), a new form of multilateralism, involving international organizations, national governments, local authorities, non state actors, NGO, universities and civil… Continue

Added by Annibale Ferrini on July 8, 2009 at 18:21 — No Comments

Officials Check Mining Near Komodo

Fidelis E. Satriastanti





Environmental authorities are looking into mining activity near the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, which local activists are saying will have a negative impact on the tourist attraction, an official said on Tuesday.



Since June, local environmentalists have been protesting the activities of a gold mine in Batugosok, West Manggarai district, on the western tip of Flores Island, saying that it threatened the existence of the… Continue

Added by Fidelis Eka Satriastanti on July 7, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

Climate Change to hit Southern Africa

Climate change will have a significant impact on southern Africa’s already compromised food security, a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) says.

Constansia Musvoto, a researcher CSIR says cereal and grain production could fall by 50% in parts of the region in the long term due to climate change, causing hunger and poverty.

Musvoto says changes in the region’s climate are expected to cause worse flooding in some parts and longer droughts in others,… Continue

Added by Fidelis Zvomuya on July 6, 2009 at 14:59 — No Comments

WFSJ RECOGNISES SCIENCE AFRICA.

The World Federation Of Science Journalists now recognises Science Africa An online and Print Publication from Kenya that has set the bar in Science reporting and writing in Africa.The following is the story as posted on the WFSJ website.



There’s a new voice in science reporting coming out of Kenya but taking all of Africa for its beat.



Up and running only since June 2008, Science Africa, is a work of a Nairobi editorial team under the direction of Otula Owuor, who started… Continue

Added by mary clementine osodo on July 4, 2009 at 18:44 — 1 Comment

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