Friday , November 16th , 2018  

Kenya Looks to Lead the Way in Developing the Blue Economy’s Potential

While Africa is bordered by two oceans and two seas, African-owned ships account for a tiny fraction – just over 1 percent – of the world’s shipping. Much of Sierra Leone’s indigenous fishing continues to be carried out by traditional methods and, aside from boats’ engines, remains unmechanised and labour intensive. Credit: Travis Lupick/IPS By Ambassador Macharia KamauNAIROBI, Nov...

Mexico-US migration: What can data tell us?

By International Organization for MigrationNov 15 2018 (IOM) Douglas Massey, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, shares his views on data and migration between the US and Mexico. This interview took place during first International Forum on Migration Statistics, organized by OECD, IOM and UN DESA between 15-16 January 2018.

Earth’s Biodiversity: A Pivotal Meeting at a Pivotal Time

Zainab Samo, along with her son and daughter, planting a lemon seedling on her farm in Oan village in Pakistan’s southern desert district of Tharparkar, to fight desert’s advance and for windbreak. Credit: Saleem Shaikh/IPS By Cristiana Pașca Palmer and Anne LarigauderieSHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt , Nov 15 2018 (IPS) The quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink depend...

Africa Set for a Massive Free Trade Area

(From left) African Union chairperson and president of Rwanda Paul Kagame, president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou and African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the launch of AfCFTA in Kigali in March 2018. Credit: Office of President Paul Kagame By Kingsley IghoborUNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 2018 (IPS) Following the unveiling of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in Kigali,...

Reaffirming free trade crucial for summits

By EI SUN OHNov 14 2018 (Manila Times) THE annual summit season beckons again. For several days this month, the leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) and their counterparts from near and far, including the United States and China, will gather in Singapore for a series of expanded multilateral and bilateral summits. A few days later, the leaders will join even more of their...

Do the bells toll for Rohingyas?

Smoke is seen billowing on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip. PHOTO: REUTERS By C R AbrarNov 14 2018 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) Mid-November has arrived and insecurity and uncertainty have descended over Rohingya refugees in Ukhia and Teknaf. The impending deadline has also...

Women Make the Voice of Indigenous People Heard in Argentina

Trump’s Anti-Media Rhetoric Resonates Worldwide

Donald J. Trump. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 2018 (IPS) A former French president once remarked: Never pick a fight with a little kid or the press. The kid will throw the last stone at you and the press will have the last word. But that obviously does not apply to a teflon-coated Donald Trump because nothing apparently sticks on him – even as he survives a barrage...

Q&A: All Sustainable Development Goals Relate in Some Way to the Oceans

Peter Thomson, the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean. Credit: UNDP / Freya Morales By Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 2018 (IPS) When Peter Thomson, the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, heard in 2010 there was going to be a 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, he knew he had to include the ocean question. Thomson had just been...

Bangladesh’s Largest Job Site, UN Migration Agency Partner to Combat Unethical Recruitment Practices

IOM and Bdjobs.com officials sign a Memorandum of Understanding to better inform overseas job seekers. Photo: IOM By International Organization for MigrationDHAKA, Bangladesh, Nov 13 2018 (IOM) The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is partnering with Bangladesh’s largest online job portal Bdjobs.com Ltd. to provide the latest information to job seekers on overseas employment opportunities and connect them...