May 25, 2017 1:21 PM ET Big polluting lobbyists may be forced to declare interests at UN talks iCrowdNewswire - May 25, 2017 - By Rabiya ShabeehABU DHABI, UAE, May 25 2017 (IPS)Is the presence of the fossil fuel industry necessary in global climate change negotiations, or does their presence in these talks represent a conflict of interest and undermine global progress? Offshore Oil Rig Drilling Platform. Credit: BigstockThe push from developing countries to. (more...)

May 25, 2017 12:21 PM ET Q&A: “It’s a Crime” that 35 Million Latin Americans Still Suffer from Hunger iCrowdNewswire - May 25, 2017 - Julio Berdegué, FAO regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, in his office in Santiago. Credit: Maximiliano Valencia/FAOBy Orlando MilesiSANTIAGO, May 24 2017 (IPS)The fight against hunger has been “remarkably successful” in Latin America and the Caribbean, but “it is a crime” that 35 million people still go to. (more...)

May 24, 2017 8:21 PM ET Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports iCrowdNewswire - May 24, 2017 - Egyptian countryside south of Luxor, Egypt. In the background: the village of Al Bayadiyah. Photo: Marc Ryckaert (MJJR). Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.By Baher KamalROME, May 24 2017 (IPS)Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria,. (more...)

May 24, 2017 6:21 PM ET Gateway Portals and the Quest for Sustainable Urbanization iCrowdNewswire - May 24, 2017 - 125th Station, Broadway. Credit: Joan Erakit/IPSBy Joan ErakitNEW YORK, May 24 2017 (IPS)On a busy Friday afternoon, the number 1 subway train heading north through Manhattan’s Westside comes out of a dark tunnel –and if one takes a minute to release oneself from communication devices—one can catch sight of the. (more...)

May 24, 2017 6:21 PM ET The Ocean Conference: An Integrated Vision that must be Delivered iCrowdNewswire - May 24, 2017 - Jan Kellet is Advisor for Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Risk Management, UNDPBy Jan KelletUNITED NATIONS, May 24 2017 (IPS)In March 2015 at the Sendai World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, the then President of Kirbati, Anote Tong, made it very clear how vulnerable his country was to climate and. (more...)

May 23, 2017 11:21 PM ET Ph Needs to Build, Build, Build – Not Burn – Bridges iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - By Editor, The Manila Times, PhilippinesMay 21 2017 (Manila Times)Like it or not, the Philippines needs to have more friends in the global community, real friends who will offer real support in times of trouble, like a threat of war from China. And building bridges to other countries, instead of. (more...)

May 23, 2017 6:21 PM ET The ‘Public’ in Public Health iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - By Vani S. KulkarniPHILADELPHIA, May 22 2017 (IPS) The discourse must move beyond a top-down approach to listen to the people and formulate best insurance practices Much ink has been spilled in documenting the inadequacy of budgetary allocations for public health insurance, specifically for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), the. (more...)

May 23, 2017 5:21 PM ET “Horrific” Increase in Worldwide Displacement iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - Saidi Olivier, a displaced farmer in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with his family in an IDP camp. Credit: IDMCBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 23 2017 (IPS)Over 30 million people were newly internally displaced in 2016 by conflict and disasters, according to a new report. In examining. (more...)

May 23, 2017 4:21 PM ET Community Seed Banks: Securing Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - By Elena L. PasquiniROME, May 23 2017 (IPS)For thousands of years, farmers have used genetic diversity to cope with weather variability and changing climate conditions. They have stored, planted, selected and improved seeds to continue producing food in a dynamic environment. Community seed banks are mostly informal collections of seeds. (more...)

May 23, 2017 4:21 PM ET Kashmir: Hard Choices Only iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - By Pervez HoodbhoyMay 20 2017 (Dawn, Pakistan)I recently received an extraordinary email from a troubled young Kashmiri in Srinagar. Days before the Indian authorities turned off the internet, Saif (not his real name) had watched on YouTube the 45-minute video documentary Crossing the Lines — Kashmir, Pakistan, India that I. (more...)

May 23, 2017 4:21 PM ET Somewhere along the Way, Something Went Terribly Wrong iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - By Aamer Mostaque AhmedMay 21 2017 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)Misogyny is not a new phenomenon in our country. It is an age-old trait that has somehow become a part of our national psyche. I knew that though; I have known that for a long time now. But what I failed. (more...)

May 23, 2017 4:21 PM ET Sri Lanka and New Economic World Order iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - By the Sunday Times editorial teamMay 21 2017 (The Sunday Times - Sri Lanka)China hosting a mega event this week not only announced that it has arrived on the world scene as a major economic power-house, but telegraphed its vision for the next 30 years and more. With the US. (more...)

May 23, 2017 3:21 PM ET International Finance Governance Undemocratic iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - Current international coordination leaves a lot to be desired. Credit: IPSBy Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 2017 (IPS)Why is it so difficult to achieve meaningful coordination when everybody agrees that it is desirable, if not necessary? President Richard Nixon’s withdrawal of the US from and hence termination of the. (more...)

May 23, 2017 12:21 PM ET Enhancing Equal Citizenship Rights in Education iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2017 - By Geneva CentreGENEVA, May 19 2017 (Geneva Centre)International experts on education and democratic citizenship rights emphasized that education is a key driver in building inclusive and peaceful societies and in enhancing equal citizenship rights especially in countries affected by inter-communal strife. These observations were made during a panel debate held. (more...)

May 22, 2017 12:45 PM ET Macron Likely to Diffuse Tensions as Independence Vote Looms in New Caledonia iCrowdNewswire - May 22, 2017 - Emmanuel Macron speaking at LeWeb 2014. After New Caledonia’s second polling, Macron secured a slight majority of 52.57 percent against Le Pen’s 47.43 percent. Credit: Official LeWeb Photos/ CC BY 2.0By Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Australia, May 22 2017 (IPS)The political future of New Caledonia, a French South Pacific Island territory of. (more...)

May 22, 2017 11:21 AM ET Ecuador Focuses on New UN Tax Body to Fight Illicit Financial Flows iCrowdNewswire - May 22, 2017 - By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 22 2017 (IPS)The time is now to work together to fight illicit financial flows, according to Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Guillaume Long. Guillaume LongEcuador, having long advocated for tax justice, has shed light on the issue at the United Nations. As Chairman of the Group of. (more...)

May 22, 2017 9:21 AM ET Reflections on 2017 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development iCrowdNewswire - May 22, 2017 - Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, is Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“The Geneva Centre”)By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimGENEVA, May 22 2017 (IPS)More than 7 billion people live on this planet spread among 7 continents, 194 states of the United Nations (UN). (more...)

May 21, 2017 1:21 PM ET Star Wars iCrowdNewswire - May 21, 2017 - By F. S. AijazuddinMay 18 2017 (Dawn, Pakistan)On Sept 11, 2001, I was in Washington DC when the Pentagon was attacked, while in New York, the Twin Towers were destroyed. This May, I found myself again in Washington DC, watching the White House being demolished from within by its latest. (more...)

May 20, 2017 9:21 PM ET Social Forum Calls for Fight Against Corruption, to Defend the Amazon iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2017 - Corruption has penetrated the Amazon rainforest like an illness that infects everything, said Ruben Siqueira, coordinator of the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), during the VIII Panamazonic Social Forum (FOSPA), which brought together in the Peruvian Amazon jungle representatives of civil society from eight Amazon basin countries. The forum, which drew. (more...)

May 20, 2017 2:21 PM ET G77 in Key Role Drafting Treaty on Marine Resources iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2017 - By an IPS CorrespondentUNITED NATIONS, May 17 2017 (IPS/G77)The Group of 77 is taking an active role in the drafting of an international legally-binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The new treaty, when finalized, will come under the. (more...)

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