At small islands conference Annan calls for global warning system for natural

Video of Annan’s address [13mins] “We need a global warning system – and one that covers not just tsunamis, but all other threats, such as storm surges and cyclones. In such an endeavour, no part of the world should be ignored,” he told cabinet ministers and other senior officials meeting in Mauritius for the 10-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) on sustainability for small island nations.The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned that “if the sea level rises in the Maldives, for example, a large proportion of the land mass could disappear over the next 30 years, and be completely submerged by 2100.”Mr. Annan said, “We must also be ready to take decisive measures to address climate change. It is no longer so hard to imagine what might happen from the rising sea levels that the world’s top scientists are telling us will accompany global warming. Who can claim that we are doing enough?”In tackling their problems, some small island states have carved out market niches in tourism and information technologies, he said, but “on the whole, implementation of what was agreed and promised at Barbados remains disappointing at best,” while new challenges to survival have emerged.Among the new problems, “the AIDS epidemic has made deep inroads, especially in the Caribbean, which now ranks second to sub-Saharan Africa in the proportion of its adult population infected,” he said.The UN would continue to help keep the problems of small islands high on the international agenda, Mr. Annan.In that regard, the report issued last month by the 16 members he appointed to the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change gave a new vision of collective security that “places great emphasis on prevention and on building up the capacities of states to address threats and fulfil their responsibilities,” the Secretary-General said.“The Panel has stated clearly that addressing development challenges such as extreme poverty, climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, such as AIDS and malaria, is indispensable for our collective security. It has stressed the devastating impact that terrorism, conflict and organized crime have on development. And it has given us both wide-ranging policy recommendations and suggestions for significant changes in our multilateral institutions, including the United Nations,” Mr. Annan said.At a separate meeting organized by the Seychelles and the United Kingdom to consider threats to reefs and other protected areas, he said despite the progress made under the Law of the Sea Convention and other treaties, “this common heritage of all humankind continues to face profound pressures.”Although coral reefs make up less than 0.5 per cent of the ocean floor, more than 90 per cent of marine species are directly or indirectly dependent on them and they provide human communities with $30 billion per year in nutrition, livelihoods and economic growth, he said.“For small islands and low-lying areas, reefs are nature’s crucial defences against aggressive and destructive seas,” Mr. Annan said, adding, “We need early warning systems. But reducing vulnerability must begin with conserving coral reefs and mangroves.” read more

Actor Idris Elba pleads for an end to stupid knife crime

The British actor Idris Elba has spoken out about the menace of knife crimeCredit:Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Jodie Chesney, 17, who was fatally stabbed in a park in Romford, east London on March 1, 2019 Knife crime has risen rapidly in Elba’s native London in recent years, resulting in the deaths of scores of young men across the capital. Idris Elba in the BBC series Luther Jodie Chesney, 17, who was fatally stabbed in a park in Romford, east London on March 1, 2019 His statement comes as Manuel Petrovic, 20, from Romford, was charged with the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in East London. Another man remains in custody in connection with the attack of the Girl Scout in Harold Hill, East London.Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Ayub Hassan, 17, in West Kensington, West London. A 17-year-old boy has been bailed pending further enquiries regarding the attack on the Somalian teenager that took place in broad daylight. Idris Elba in the BBC series LutherCredit:Des Willie/BBC The British actor Idris Elba has spoken out about the menace of knife crime Ayub Hassan who was named locally as the the 17 year-old boy that was stabbed in West Kensington and later died in hospital  Ayub Hassan who was named locally as the the 17 year-old boy that was stabbed in West Kensington and later died in hospital Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Entertainers, do me a favour man, put out similar videos, let’s try and put out something and say that we care for our communities. Stop the knife crime, please.” “Because you’re just going to stab your future if you go and stab someone else. You become a murderer, you go to prison, you ain’t got s***. For what? For some beef that lives within your community. You need to see past that.” Expressing the urgent need for a shift in attitude towards knife crime to come from the communities where youngsters are most likely to carry such weapons, he added: “Waiting for the police to do something isn’t a real solution, we cannot wait for that. We need to make noise in protest about the dumb stabbings, out of respect for the dead and to protect the living.” Elba, the star of the Luther television series, also posted a number of statistics alongside his impassioned plea for action, including claims there were more than 14,000 knife-related offences in London alone in 2017/18.He added: “We have to say something about it as well, entertainers that are out there, there’s young people that look up to us, man, we need to just vocalise this. Send a message out saying put the knives down. It’s dumb. It’s dumb.”We don’t need to be killing ourselves. We have so much more we can offer. And you’re going to kill your future, you’re going to kill someone else’s future, and it’s dumb. The actor Idris Elba has issued a passionate plea to young people carrying knives to stop making their communities “look stupid”.The 46-year-old television star who grew up in Hackney, East London, posted a video online urging those tempted to stab someone to instead turn the blade on themselves “because you’re stabbing your future”.As he called on other celebrities to speak out about “dumb stabbings,” he said there was an urgent need to “send a message out saying put the knives down”. In the clip he posted to his millions of followers on Instagram, he said: “Knife crime is not new. I grew up in the 80s and there was knife crime back then, between blacks and white, and now it’s definitely between young black men in small, tiny communities.”And it’s affecting everyone, we all look stupid. You look even more stupid, if you’ve got a knife, or you know someone that’s got a knife, tell them to stab themselves right now, trust me. read more