Monday , October 22nd , 2018  

Cuban Women, Vulnerable to Climate Change, in the Forefront of the Struggle

A group of women clean a street after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado in September 2017. Women play a leading role in mitigating the impacts of climate change, a phenomenon to which they are also the most vulnerable. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS By Patricia GroggHAVANA, Oct 21 2018 (IPS) When people ask marine biologist Angela Corvea why the symbol of her environmental...

The Right to Choose

Manes Feston, flanked by her children, holds her four-month-old son Fedson. He was one of triplets but his siblings died because of a lack of welfare support. High fertility rates can be seen in much of Africa with four or more births per woman. Generally, these countries are poorer with limited access to quality healthcare and contraception. Credit: Travis Lupick/IPS By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED...

Women as Liberia’s Guardians of Peace

Liberian women at an empowerment and leadership conference in Monrovia, Liberia. Credit: UNMIL Photo/Christopher Herwig By Franck Kuwonu, Africa RenewalUNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2018 (IPS) Not long ago, images of child soldiers and the nation of Liberia were wedded in the minds of the international community. The country was struggling to end a horrific civil war, but military efforts were going nowhere....

Don’t “Whitewash” Khashoggi’s Murder

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 44 journalists have been killed so far in 2018 alone, 27 of whom were murdered. Courtesy: UN Geneva By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2018 (IPS) In the midst of international outrage over the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, human rights groups have called for a United Nations investigation into the incident. The Committee...

UAE Raising Awareness About the Impact of Climate Change

Vegan Society in the United Arab Emirates By Rabiya JafferyABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates,, Oct 19 2018 (IPS) The Middle East, due to its geographical location, is particularly prone to the impacts of climate change. Longer droughts, more frequent and intense heatwaves, and higher temperatures in the summer are expected to to become increasingly prevalent throughout the Middle East – from...

500 People Participate in IOM’s Fourth Cross-Border Crisis Simulation Exercise in Niger

An exercise along the Niger river challenges the response of government and local communities to the sudden mass movement of people. By International Organization for MigrationTillabéri , Oct 19 2018 (IOM) More than 500 members from communities, local authorities, civil society and security forces participated in IOM’s fourth crisis simulation exercise this week (17/10) in Tillabéri, Niger. The...

Is There a Remittance Trap?

RALPH CHAMI is an assistant director in the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, EKKEHARD ERNST is chief of the macroeconomic policy and jobs unit at the International Labour Organization, CONNEL FULLENKAMP is professor of the practice of economics at Duke University, and ANNE OEKING is an economist in the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department*. By Ralph Chami, Ekkehard Ernst, Connel Fullenkamp,...

Africa Must Increase Spending on Health Care, Education & Modern Contraception

Marie Rose Nguini Effa is a Member of Parliament (MP), President of the African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (FPA), Member of National Assembly of Cameroon & Member of the Pan-African Parliament. She is also a delegate to the International Parliamentarians’ Conference in Ottawa next week. By Marie Rose Nguini EffaYAOUNDE, Cameroon, Oct 18 2018 (IPS) One of the main challenges...

Romania’s Prime Minister visits ADNOC

By WAMABU DHABI, Oct 18 2018 (WAM) Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) met, today, with Viorica Dancila, Romania’s first female Prime Minister, at ADNOC, in Abu Dhabi. During the meeting Dr. Al Jaber conveyed the greetings of the UAE leadership to the Romanian leadership and government, emphasising the UAE’s keenness...

Africa Remains Resolute Heading to COP 24

The pastoralists of Ethiopia’s Somali region make a living raising cattle, camels and goats in an arid and drought-prone land. They are forced to move constantly in search of pasture and watering holes for their animals. Ahead of COP 24, African experts have identified the need to speak with one unified voice, saying a shift in the geopolitical landscape threatens climate negotiations. Credit: William...