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Island States Throw Off the Heavy Yoke of Fossil Fuels

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs. Last week, the government broke ground to construct the country’s second solar farm, and Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas told IPS his administration is […]

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U.N. Field Operations Deadlier Every Year

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) – The widespread field operations of the United Nations – primarily in conflict zones in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – continue to be some of the world’s deadliest. The hazards are so predictable that the United Nations – and its agencies – subtly encourage staffers to write […]

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OPINION: Islamic Reformation, the Antidote to Terrorism

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Posted by admin 17 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Emile Nakhleh is a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of “A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World.”

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Anemia in Eastern Cuba Reflects Inequality

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Posted by admin 17 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Cuba has met the United Nations goal of reducing hunger. But anemia caused by malnutrition is still a problem among infants, small children and pregnant women in this Caribbean island nation, which has been in the grip of an economic crisis for over two decades. “Meat is the hardest thing to get,” said Gladys Pavón […]

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In the Shadow of Glacial Lakes, Pakistan’s Mountain Communities Look to Climate Adaptation

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Posted by admin 17 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Khaliq-ul-Zaman, a farmer from the remote Bindo Gol valley in northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has long lived under the shadow of disaster. With plenty of fertile land and fresh water, this scenic mountain valley would be an ideal dwelling place – if not for the constant threat of the surrounding glacial lakes bursting their […]

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U.N. Demands More Commitment to Humanitarian Aid

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Addressing the Council on Foreign Relations early this week, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, delivered the Distinguished Sorensen Lecture on the U.N.’s role in global humanitarian crises. “For the first time ever, the total number of displaced people and refugees across the world has topped 50 million people, for […

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U.N. Forecasts Moderate Growth for Asia-Pacific

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Posted by admin 15 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to register a moderate increase in growth in 2015, according to the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The main factors shaping the outlook are structural reform programmes and lower oil prices. And prospects for 2015 will improve on these conditions. The region’s developing countries are […]

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Finns’ Conception of World Poverty is Gloomier than Reality

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Posted by admin 15 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
A survey commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs reveals the Finns’ conception of world poverty is much gloomier than reality. Nearly eight out of ten Finns (76%) believe that poverty has increased in the world since the year 1990. The survey was carried out by the research company Taloustutkimus. In reality, the share […]

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