Conditions in South Sudan were repeatedly likened to those in Rwanda on the eve of its genocide at a special session of the UN human rights council held on Wednesday, with a top official warning that escalating ethnic violence has left the country teetering on the brink of disaster…On the third anniversary of the civil war in the world’s youngest country, members states heard that swift action was required to prevent a genocide, including targeted sanctions and the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to separate the warring parties. The meeting heard severe criticism of the role of the existing UN peacekeepers in South Sudan, who risked becoming “guilty bystanders” to atrocities. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2hwGBEJ)

See, Food…Eight of the world’s largest seafood companies have promised for the first time to improve transparency and the traceability of their catches to stop illegal fishing and protect the oceans, they said on Wednesday.After a meeting organized by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) between seafood companies’ chief executives and scientists, the CEOs signed an agreement on ocean stewardship. “The seafood industry cannot thrive on an unsustainable planet, and we will not have a thriving planet with an unsustainable seafood industry,” the eight companies said in a joint statement. The companies promised to help reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) and seek to ensure that such products and endangered species are not present in their supply chains.” (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2hwxlAs)

Quote of the Day: “Family planning is absolutely part and parcel of economic development, just like agriculture and education” – Melinda Gates (AFP https://yhoo.it/2h1gfKA)

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