Friday , May 25th , 2018  

When Two Becomes One: Blending Public and Private Climate Finance

The Erie Shores wind farm in Ontario, Canada. Credit: Denise Morazé/IPS By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 23 2018 (IPS) With the landmark Paris Agreement now almost two years old, funding for climate-related activities continues to be a challenge. However, efforts have been underway to bring two seemingly very different sectors together to address climate change. While developed countries...

Media Watchdogs Fear a Chill in Slovakia

Mass protests in Slovakia in the wake of the killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova led to the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, Interior Minister and head of police. Credit: Ed Holt/IPS By Ed HoltBRATISLAVA, May 22 2018 (IPS) International media watchdogs, EU politicians, journalists and publishers have condemned Slovak police investigating...

A Natural Climate Change Adaptation Laboratory in Brazil

Two workers manually select umbús-cajás, in the factory of the Ser do Sertão Cooperative, in Pintadas, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, while the fruit is washed. It is the slowest part of the production of fruit pulp from fruits native to the semi-arid ecoregion, in a project with only female workers. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS By Mario OsavaPINTADAS, Brazil, May 22 2018 (IPS) The small...

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week to explore role of industry convergence in accelerating sustainable development

By WAMABU DHABI, May 22 2018 (WAM) Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings, has announced its theme for its next edition, which takes place from 12th to 19th January, 2019. ADSW 2019, under the theme “Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development,” will explore how industries are adapting to the digital transformation underway...

Swedish PM ahead of the ILO Conference: It’s not arm wrestling

Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven. Credit: ILO By Erik LarssonSTOCKHOLM, May 22 2018 (IPS) There’s not one answer, no single solution, Stefan Löfven replies to a question about what the most important focus for the global labour market was. – But it must work much better than what it does today. It must be more inclusive and safer. The Swedish Prime Minister adds that it is important...

$1.7 Trillion Global Spending on Military in 2017: Highest since End of Cold War

A military helicopter flying during a drill. Credit: Simon Fitall By Maged SrourROME, May 22 2018 (IPS) According to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in total, countries around the world spent $ 1.739 billion on arms in 2017. Although there was a marginal increase of 1.1 percent rise in real terms on 2016, the total global spending in 2017 is the...

“See a child begging? Call the police!” UN Migration Agency Calls on Ukrainians to Fight Child Exploitation

People taking photos as part of IOM’s interactive counter-trafficking installation in the heart of Kyiv. Credit: IOM/V.Shuvayev By International Organization for MigrationKyiv, May 22 2018 (IOM) We see them in the metro. We see them in pedestrian tunnels. We see them in the streets. Every day we see begging children, but usually we just ignore them. To call on Ukrainians to see the reality in...

Agricultural Trade Liberalization Undermined Food Security

Africa has been transformed from a net food exporter into a net food importer, while realizing only a small fraction of its vast agricultural potential. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR AND SYDNEY, May 21 2018 (IPS) Agriculture is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes,...

“Cultural Diversity Is the Greatest Strength of Humanity,” Says the Chairman of the Geneva Centre

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, May 21 2018 (Geneva Centre) On the occasion of the 2018 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, commemorated annually on 21 May, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim reiterates the importance of embracing cultural diversity and acknowledging the common heritage of humanity. Dr....