Wednesday , February 20th , 2019  

“There can be no social justice without promoting peace and enhancing equality,” says Executive Director of the Geneva Centre

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Feb 20 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – On the occasion of the 2019 World Day of Social Justice observed on 20 February, the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Ambassador Idriss Jazairy stated that the promotion of international solidarity and social justice are vital to the building of peaceful and inclusive societies....

Wake Up and Smell the Organic Coffee

Dorianne Rowan-Campbell is an organic coffee farmer in Jamaica. Taking over her father’s farm in 1992 and turning it into an organic one was a huge risk at the time. However, she sustainably grows 1,800 coffee trees and harnesses nature to deal with pests, rather than using pesticides. Courtesy: Dorienne Rowan-Campbell By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 20 2019 (IPS) In 1992, the idea of replanting...

Attacks on Human Rights Defenders: A Daily Occurrence in Latin America

Some 50 human rights defenders from Latin America held a meeting at the Journalists Club in Mexico City to exchange strategies and analyse the challenges they face in the most lethal region for activists. Special rapporteurs on indigenous peoples, displaced persons and freedom of expression attended the meeting. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS By Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Feb 20 2019 (IPS) “We’re...

Munich Security Conference – Old Question Marks in the Shadow of the Anthropocene

SIPRI Director on Armament and Disarmament Dr Sibylle Bauer discusses the future of arms control at the Munich Security Conference. By Dan SmithMUNICH, Germany, Feb 20 2019 (IPS) This year’s Munich Security Conference (the MSC), held on 15-17 February raised many questions but didn’t have the answer. It was not a happy and certainly not a self-confident gathering. Yet a couple of moments suggested...

Sexual Violence Surging in South Sudan

“There’s been very little accountability in South Sudan for what is chronic, endemic problem of sexual violence against women and girls,” the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Credit: Jared Ferrie/IPS By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) Women and girls continue to face the brunt of violence in the northern region of South Sudan with persistently...

Mining Grabs Up Land, Deals Blow to Agriculture in Central America

The Geneva Centre issues a publication on the unprecedented rise of people on the move and one other on the role of the headscarf as a bridge between cultures and religions

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Feb 19 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – Two new publications entitled “The Unprecedented Rise of People on the Move” and “Veiling/ Unveiling: The Headscarf in Christianity, Islam and Judaism” have been published by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. The purpose of the first publication is two-fold: it is first to assess the causes...

Agribusiness Is the Problem, Not the Solution

By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) For two centuries, all too many discussions about hunger and resource scarcity has been haunted by the ghost of Parson Thomas Malthus. Malthus warned that rising populations would exhaust resources, especially those needed for food production. Exponential population growth would outstrip food output. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Humanity now...

In the World of Sustainability, Colonialism is Not Dead

At global fashion brand Ganni’s 2019 runway show, models glided down the runway against the backdrop of girls from developing countries. Credit: Instagram / @oursecondskin By Zafirah ZeinSINGAPORE, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) Scandinavian fashion label and global It-brand Ganni hardly caused a stir recently when it closed Copenhagen Fashion Week with a sustainability-themed showcase titled “Life on...

Q&A: Jamaica Pushes Climate Smart Policies to Secure the Future of its Food Supply

Una May Gordon, Principal Director, Climate Change Division, in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Jamaica. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 18 2019 (IPS) The island state of Jamaica is vulnerable to climate change which has in turn threatened both its economy and food production. But the Caribbean nation is taking the threat seriously and it has constructed...