Friday , September 25th , 2020  

Why Is Women’s Leadership Not in the Headlines?

Women are Heads of State and Government in only 21 countries, despite the strong case that their leadership makes for more inclusive decision-making and more representative governance, even during this pandemic. Credit: UN Women By External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2020 – The question has never been whether women can lead as capably as men. Women have always led, and women will always lead,...

Making State-Owned Enterprises Work for Climate in China and Beyond

Across power, industry and transport, State-Owned Enterprises emit in the aggregate over 6.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, which is more than any other country except China. Credit: Bigstock. By Philippe Benoit and Alex ClarkWASHINGTON, Sep 24 2020 – President Xi Jinping announced on Tuesday China’s aim to become carbon neutral before 2060. Achieving this goal will require...

The Future We Want, The UN We Need

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of The United Nations. Credit: United Nations By Robert W. SandfordHAMILTON, Canada, Sep 24 2020 – As we reflect on this week and celebrate the United Nations’ rise in the war-ravaged world some 75 years ago, humanity is again being asked to lay the foundation for a new world. As in 1945, we are asked to envision the world that emerges from a global catastrophe....

What UN Needs is a Cease-Fire Inside its own Security Council

US President Donald Trump (on screen), addresses the General Assembly’s seventy-fifth session on September 22. But Trump was missing in action (MIA) during the 75th commemorative meeting on September 21. Credit: United Nations By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2020 – With more than 20,000 civilians killed last year in conflicts in 10 countries — including Afghanistan, Central African...

Scientists Draw up Guidelines to Help Agri-food Companies Align with 2030 Agenda

Dominic Kimara, the farm manager at an agri-food company, stands in a rice field grown using conservation agriculture technique. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS By Isaiah EsipisuAMURU, Uganda/NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 2020 – In Amuru district, 47 kilometres from Gulu town in northwestern Uganda, the Omer Farming Company has proven that it is possible to farm on thousands of acres of land using methods...

Bending the Curve on Biodiversity Loss Requires Nothing Less than Transformational Change

Waorani women from Alianza Ceibo march for the protection of their forest in Ecuador’s capital Quito. Credit: Mateo Barriga, Amazon Frontlines. By Jamison ErvinUNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 2020 – A spate of reports on biodiversity – the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, the Living Planet Report, the Global Forest Resources Assessment Report and the Global Biodiversity Outlook–...

Africa at the Crossroads: Time to Abandon Failing Green Revolution

By Million Belay and Timothy A. WiseSTOCKHOLM, CAMBRIDGE (US), Sep 23 2020 – As COVID-19 threatens farming communities across Africa already struggling with climate change, the continent is at a crossroads. Will its people and their governments continue trying to replicate industrial farming models promoted by developed countries? Or will they move boldly into the uncertain future, embracing...

Anne Larigauderie UN Biodiversity Summit #ForNature Video

By External SourceSep 23 2020 (IPS-Partners)  On the eve of the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, Dr. Anne Larigauderie calls on everyone to make ambitious commitments to protect #biodiversity and #nature.  

Trump Pitched his Vision of a Global Order — at Odds with the UN Charter

President of the General Assembly opens 75th General Debate. Credit: United Nations By Abby MaxmanNEW YORK, Sep 23 2020 – President Trump took the UN stage to settle scores and shift blame as he sought to spin an alternate version of his administration’s response to the pandemic. He condemned the ‘one-sided’ Paris Agreement as the US battles devastating wildfires, bragged about promoting...

Fighting India’s Bonded Labour During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Part 1

Trafficking survivor Devendra Kumar Mulayam, who hails from Shahapur in the Chandouli district of Uttar Pradesh, had to begin working at age 12 to help pay off the two loans his father had taken out. Credit: Rina Mukherji/IPS By Rina MukherjiPUNE, India, Sep 22 2020 – One of the worst fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the closure of industries in India, which caused thousands of migrant...