2020 has not begun only under the banner of coronavirus spreading all over the world. For some months, the Horn of Africa has been facing the worst desert locust crisis in over 25 years. The primarily concerned countries are Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan.
Asia’s impressive growth rests on the shoulders of millions of smallholder farmers, each working on land two hectares or smaller. Still, their fundamental contribution to the regional economy has been progressively undermined by two huge challenges, at least.
Among the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations, land degradation is described as one of the critical issues affecting life on land. The United Nations (UN) urges all its member countries to take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats.
Migration is shaping up as a central issue in the upcoming May 25 European Parliament elections. It drove Brexit. It catapulted the populist far right to prominence and power. It split Europe, with Germany opening its doors and Central Europe slamming them shut.
This month the UN General Assembly will host its third High-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Caused by external factors such as sunlight, nutrition, pollution and lifestyle choices, the most common NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases.