Monday , July 16th , 2018  

Japan: the Land of the Rising Robots

Todd Schneider is deputy division chief, Gee Hee Hong is an economist, and Anh Van Le is a research assistant, in the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department. By Todd Schneider, Gee Hee Hong and Anh Van LeWASHNGTON DC, Jul 13 2018 (IPS) While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the coming decades, it is likely to have an impact on portions of almost all jobs to some degree—depending...

Q&A: Raising the Profile on the Largest Environmental Issue of Our Time

Soil degradation, climate change, heavy tropical monsoonal rain and pests are some of the challenges the young farmers face. Soil degradation will impact two-thirds of humanity who will be food-insecure while societies are left with a heightened risk of instability. Credit: IPS By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jul 13 2018 (IPS) Land degradation caused by human activities is occurring at an...

Humanitarian Situation Worsens as Over 800,000 Displaced People Face Cold and Heavy Rains in Ethiopia

Samira,* a displaced Ethiopian, holds one of her seven children in front of the tiny space she shares with other families at the Gedeb site. Credit: Olivia Headon/IOM 2018 By International Organization for MigrationDILLA, Ethiopia, Jul 13 2018 (IOM) Over 800,000 internally displaced persons are living without adequate shelter and safe sanitation in Ethiopia, resulting in a worsening humanitarian...

DEWA strengthens ties with German company

By WAMDUBAI, Jul 12 2018 (WAM) Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has welcomed a high-level delegation from German company Voith, which specialises in systems, products and services serving five important markets: energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transport and automotive. The delegation was headed by Dr. Leopold Henninger, CEO and President...

GGGI and AMATA ink an MoU to establish Green and Smart city

MoU signing – Frank Rijsberman, GGGI’s Director-General and Mr. Vikrom Kromadit, CEO of AMATA Corporation PCL By GGGIBANGKOK, Jul 12 2018 (GGGI) The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and AMATA Corporation Public Company Limited, a Thai industrial estates provider, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to advance green growth and sustainable development especially in the area of...

A Gender-Specific Approach To Counter-Terrorism

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb took credit for bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Algiers in December 2007, an act that claimed the lives of 17 U.N. personnel. The international community is increasingly recognising the importance of integrating a gender perspective into the global counter-terrorism efforts. Credit: UN Photo / Evan Schneider By Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 2018...

Forests and Marine Resources Continue to Shrink

About 80 percent of Guyana’s forests, some 15 million hectares, have remained untouched over time. Time is running as the total area of the world’s forests shrink by the day. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Maged SrourROME, Jul 12 2018 (IPS) Deforestation and unsustainable farming are depriving the planet of forests, while destructive practices in fishing are limiting the chance to sustainably manage...

Why Women Migrant Workers Are Compelled to Come Back

Since 2015, hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi women have gone to the Middle East, mostly Saudi Arabia, in search of a livelihood. Nearly five thousand of them have so far returned, with many alleging torture and serious abuse. Shariful Hasan, the head of BRAC’s migration programme, which has helped many of these returnees, talks to The Daily Star’s Nazmul Ahasan over the issue. By...

Mission Accomplished: 15 Years of Peacekeeping Success in Liberia

Liberians wave goodbye to departing Ukrainian peacekeepers. Credit: UN Photo/Gonzalez Farran By Kingsley IghoborUNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 2018 (IPS) On a bright, sunny day in January this year, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned over power to George Weah, a decorated soccer star, following peaceful and successful elections. This marked Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power in more...

A UN Parliament Gains Support in an Age of Divisive Political Leaders

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 2018 (IPS) A long standing proposal for the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) is slowly gathering momentum. The 751-member European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg has called on the European Union (EU) to extend its support for the establishment of the proposed new body — specifically with a resolution before the upcoming 73rd session of the 193-member...