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Humanitarian Aid Under Fire Calls for New Strategies

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In the face of the growing number of crises taking place at the same time worldwide, humanitarian aid organisations – many of which have already reached their financial and logistic limits – are in desperate need of global coordination. “We feel like we’ve hit the wall,” is how U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and […]

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U.N. Audience Shocked by Sexual Health, Abortion Statistics

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Audible gasps echoed through the United Nations’ Trusteeship Council chamber on Tuesday, with audiences told the grim impacts of unsafe reproductive practices on women worldwide. Hosted by the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development as part of the mammoth Commission on the Status of Women programme, the presentation on sexual […]

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Women Walk for Peace in the Korean Peninsula

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
A group of international women peacemakers announced on Wednesday at the United Nations their intention to walk across the two mile De-Militarized Zone (DMZ), in a call for peace and reunification of Korea. The walk is planned for May 24th, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, depending on the approval of the Korean […]

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The Dilemma of Soy in Argentina

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Industrial soy production continues to expand in Argentina, pushing small farmers out of the countryside and replacing other crops and cattle. It presents a challenge in a country where 70 percent of the food consumed comes from family farms, but which also needs the foreign exchange brought in by what has been dubbed “green gold”. […]

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Opinion: The ‘Acapulco Paradox’ – Two Parallel Worlds Each Going Their Own Way

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, argues that the world of finance is detached from the reality experienced by the majority of people. The rich and the poor appear to be living in two completely different worlds.

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U.S. Honours 10 “Extraordinary Women” for Courage and Leadership

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Speaking at a ceremony to honour 10 “extraordinary women” from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America for their exceptional courage and leadership in advocating peace, justice, human rights and gender empowerment, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom cited the former president of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda, recognised at the United Nations as a relentless […]

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Safeguarding Africa’s Wetlands a Daunting Task

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
African wetlands are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the continent, covering more than 131 million hectares, according to the Senegalese-based Wetlands International Africa (WIA). Yet, despite their importance and value, wetland areas are experiencing immense pressure across the continent. Commercial development ranks as the major threat for the draining of wetlands, including f

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Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study

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Posted by admin 29 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Was the four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, triggered at least in part by climate change? A new study by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory says “a record drought that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 was likely stoked by ongoing man-made climate change, and that the drought […]

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