World Food Day
That the Parliament recognises that 16 October 2014 has been declared by the UN General Assembly as World Food Day; understands that the day will aim to heighten public awareness of world food problems and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty; further understands that the theme for 2014 is, Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth
That the Parliament recognises that Diageo, which it understands is the largest Scotch Whisky producer and one of the world’s leading premium drinks businesses, has been given Investors in Young People accreditation in recognition of its work with young people; believes that it has a strong commitment to young people and focuses on creating employment and training opportunities;
Highlands & Islands MSP and road safety campaigner, David Stewart, is delighted that an increase in HGV speeds on the A9, which he campaigned for, is to commence on the 28th of this month.
Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart is encouraging constituents to give their views on the proposed safeguards which would be put in place should corroboration be abolished.
With the current legal system, evidence is required from at least two different and independent sources of evidence in support of each crucial fact before a defendant can be convicted of a crime.
The Scottish Government want to abolish this requirement.
Baby Loss Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises Baby Loss Awareness Week, which runs from 9 to 15 October 2014; understands that stillbirths are sadly a common reality, with 4,000 deaths occurring each year, 11 every day, in the UK; acknowledges the opportunity that Baby Loss Awareness Week presents for open discussion about this sensitive issue as well as the raising of awareness; notes that the week finishes on 15 October, which is recognised globally as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day; encourages all members and staff to partake in the vigil on 15 October by lighting a candle at 7pm and leaving it burning for an hour, acting as a unifying symbol with many across the world in an act of remembrance; sadly recognises that one in 200 babies in Scotland in 2013 were stillborn, that is 300 stillborn deaths; welcomes the advice given by SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, to pregnant women to seek out medical consultation if there is any suspected reduced foetal movement, and notes that this advice was seen as a major contributor to Norway’s reduction of its stillborn death rate by one third.
World Diabetes Day 2014—That the Parliament acknowledges that 14 November 2014 is World Diabetes Day, which is being led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations, including Diabetes UK, and is recognised as an official United Nations Day; understands that World Diabetes Day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes poses; understands that there are almost 268,000 people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland and that access to good healthcare and treatment is key to helping them manage their condition; welcomes the launch of Diabetes UK’s campaign that focuses on children and young people and its aim to increase awareness of the symptoms and warning signs for type 1 diabetes;