Monday , March 18th , 2019  

Statement by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Idriss Jazairy* following the terrorist attacks in New Zealand, March 15th 2019

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Mar 18 2019 (IPS-Partners) Words cannot express adequately the pain and anguish we feel at the heinous attacks in New Zealand. We share the anguish of our fellow Muslims at those who have orchestrated such diabolical carnage in a place of prayer. As husbands, fathers and grandfathers, both of us can only imagine the pain and suffering felt by the families affected by this tragedy....

Climate Strike: Hundreds of Thousands Unite for the Planet’s Future

Thousands of youth gather in Rome on Friday, Mar. 15, to join the climate strike, a global movement that aims to make governments and institutions aware of taking serious steps to implement the Paris Agreements and save the planet. Credit: Maged Srour/IPS By Maged SrourROME, Mar 16 2019 – Friday, Mar. 15 saw hundreds of thousands of young people across the world take to the streets to join...

VIDEO: “People Affected by Leprosy Suffer Severe Discrimination”

By Fabiana FrayssinetRÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 15 2019 – “More than 50 countries in the world have discriminatory laws against people affected by Hansen’s disease. There is also a lot of discrimination in the public administration…and in society,” Alice Cruz, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members,...

Becoming Drought Resilient: Why African Farmers Must Consider Drought Tolerant Crops

A farmer in Woliyta area of Ethiopia experiences higher yields of taro since adopting disease-resistant and drought tolerant seed varieties. Credit: Ed McKenna/IPS By Esther NgumbiILLINOIS, United States, Mar 15 2019 – The latest UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s annual Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition Report highlighted drought as one of the key factors contributing...

Women Take the Lead Tackling Climate Change in Bangladesh

Due to the saline water in the Khulna region, people suffer from a lack of pure drinking water. Shila Bawali and Suchitra Biswas set up a committee run by women to help the community. The purified water, generated by the reverse osmosis plant, will be available at a cheap rate to the people in their area. WaterAid, powered by the bank HSBC, is supporting this project in Dacope, Khulna, Bangladesh....

Three Takeaways from Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

By Mark BakerSOUTH CAROLINA, USA, Mar 15 2019 – Those of us working in disaster relief know what to expect when a hurricane or earthquake strikes with devastating fury. We know that safe water, food, and shelter will be the most immediate needs for survivors. And we have a good idea of the kind of wreckage we’ll see, although we never cease to be humbled and sobered by the tragic sights. We...

The Geneva Centre strongly condemns New Zealand terrorist attacks

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Mar 15 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy has strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks killing at least 40 people today in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacks occurred this morning inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque and the Linwood mosque. Ambassador Jazairy expressed both shock and sadness...

The Geneva Centre presents oral statements on the UPR outcomes of Saudi Arabia and Jordan

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Mar 15 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – At the 40th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre presented on 14 March statements with regard to Saudi Arabia and Jordan. In its statement on Saudi Arabia, the Geneva Centre commended the various steps that the Kingdom had taken towards strengthening the protection and promotion of human rights which...

Scholar Questions ‘Techie’ Approach to Dealing with Climate Change

Kishan Kumarsingh, lead negotiator for Trinidad and Tobago on climate change. Credit: Jewel Fraser/IPS By Jewel FraserPORT OF SPAIN, Mar 15 2019 – Trinidad and Tobago unveiled its monitoring, reporting and verification system in mid-March with a flourish, with government authorities underscoring the launch of the Monitoring, Reporting, Verification as a milestone in that country’s efforts...

People Affected by Leprosy in Latin America Unite for Their Rights and Their Voice

Family photo of part of the 111 participants in the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen’s Disease, on the steps of the Morisco Palace, the headquarters of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, which hosted the three-day meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS By Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 14 2019 – With the decision to...