22 September 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


1.5 degree climate pledge ‘on life support’, Guterres tells leaders during frank exchanges
UN News, 21 Sep 2022

During a private meeting of Heads of State and Government, held on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for more action and leadership to tackle the climate crisis, warning that efforts to keep the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels is “on life support”.



‘We will all die if we continue like this’: Indigenous people push UN for climate justice
Grist, 21 Sep 2022

As the United Nations General Assembly opens this week in New York, Indigenous people are taking to the streets, and waters, of New York to protest for climate justice and call on world leaders to recognize Indigenous rights.



Denmark becomes first U.N. member to pay for ‘loss and damage’ from climate change
Washington Post, 20 Sep 2022

Denmark will direct about $13 million to assist vulnerable countries that have suffered “loss and damage” from climate change — the first time in U.N. history a wealthy member state has pledged compensation for the consequences of emissions in the developing world.



Nigeria battling floods ‘beyond control’ as warning given of dams overflowing
The Guardian, 19 Sep 2022

Nigeria is battling its worst floods in a decade with more than 300 people killed in 2022 including at least 20 this week, as authorities said the situation is “beyond our control.” The floods in 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states and capital city have affected half a million people, including 100,000 displaced and more than 500 injured, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency said.



Children, women prone to diseases in Pakistan's stagnant flood water
Reuters, 16 Sep 2022

Children and women are becoming more vulnerable as tens of thousands of people suffer from infectious and water-borne diseases in flood-hit Pakistan and the death toll from the inundation surpassed 1,500, according to government data and UNICEF on Friday.