Thursday , September 20th , 2018  

Indigenous Peoples Link Their Development to Clean Energies

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz of the Philippines (3rd left), calls for the full participation of indigenous communities in clean energy projects during the forum Our Village in San Francisco, California. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS By Emilio GodoySAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA , Sep 20 2018 (IPS) Achuar indigenous communities in Ecuador are turning...

Levelling the Playing Field for Persons with Disabilities in the United States

According to the United Nations “sport can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disability because it can transform community attitudes about persons with disabilities by highlighting their skills and reducing the tendency to see the disability instead of the person.” Courtesy: United Nations By Emily ThampoeUNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 2018 (IPS) When it was time for Joe Lupinacci...

UN Expects More Upheavals as Trump’s Foreign Policy Runs Wild

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, addresses the Assembly’s annual general debate. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 2018 (IPS) The unpredictable Donald Trump, described by some as a human wrecking ball, will be walking down his own path of self-inflicted destruction when he visits the United Nations next week. The volatile American president’s...

The Cambodian Port City on China’s 21st Century Silk Road That’s Becoming the New Macau

The little shop owned by Leean Saan, close the monument with the lions. “Business is going down, Chinese people don’t buy from me,” she says. Credit: Kris Janssens/IPS By Kris JanssensSIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia, Sep 19 2018 (IPS) The new Macau. That’s what the Cambodian coastal city Sihanoukville is called nowadays. Chinese investors are building casinos there on a massive scale. The...

Bill Gates thanks UAE for role in the fight to end world poverty

By WAMABU DHABI, Sep 19 2018 (WAM) The philanthropist Bill Gates has thanked the UAE for its support in working to eliminate deadly diseases and reduce world poverty. Mr Gates was speaking on the eve of the launch of the 2018 Goalkeepers Report, produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and which measures progress towards goals for sustainable development by 2030 set by the United Nations...

In the Race to Achieve Zero Hunger and Mitigate Climate Change, We Must Look Down — to the Soil

John Daffi on his piece of land that is part of a cooperative that began in 1963 in Upper Kitete, Tanzania. Experts says the importance of soil cannot be overstated as healthy soils underpin agriculture and sustainable food systems. Credit: Adam Bemma/IPS By Esther NgumbiILLINOIS, United States, Sep 18 2018 (IPS) Recently, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) Director-General...

Another global financial crisis for developing countries?

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 18 2018 (IPS) George Soros, Bill Gates and other pundits have been predicting another financial crisis. In their recent book, Revolution Required: The Ticking Bombs of the G7 Model, Peter Dittus and Herve Hamoun, former senior officials of the Bank of International Settlements, warned of ‘ticking time bombs’ in the global...

UN Agencies Launch Environmental Protection and Resilience Project for Host Communities and Refugees in Bangladesh

Johura Kathun, 45, a widow with three children, receives an LPG stove in Balukhali camp. Photo: Tazbir Tanim / WFP 2018 By International Organization for MigrationCOX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sep 18 2018 (IOM) Families living in the world’s largest refugee camp in the past week received the first 2,500 stoves and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders that are part of a United Nations project to...

An Urgent Need to Turn Down Rhetoric Against Migrants & Refugees

Sub Saharan Africans – Israel Female African asylum-seekers during a protest march where they called on the government to recognise African migrants as refugees, and for the release of Africans who are held in detention facilities. By Carl Söderbergh LONDON, Sep 18 2018 (IPS) Migration has become a focus of debate in recent years. From United States President Donald Trump’s vehemently anti-migrant...

Finding Comfort at Home: Soran’s Journey

Credit: IOM 2018/Sarah Ali By International Organization for MigrationERBIL, Sep 18 2018 (IOM) Soran left Kurdistan in 2015, in search of better opportunities for himself and his young family in Germany. Here is his account of the journey to Europe, and the decision to come back home. “In August 2015, lack of employment and the general gloomy atmosphere caused by the economic crisis here encouraged...