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  1. Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    NEW YORK, Oct 20 (IPS) - On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country's Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts. She could not believe that the United States had not.

  2. Good Men Should Not be Quiet Spectators in Sexual Assaults

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 20 (IPS) - The pain and anger of more than a million people who tweeted #MeToo in the last week have crowded social media with personal stories of sexual harassment or assault.

  3. World Campaign to Clean Torrents of Plastic Dumped in the Oceans

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    ROME, Oct 20 (IPS) - With 30 countries from Kenya to Indonesia and from Canada to Brazil now involved in the world campaign to beat pollution by countering the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading oceans and endangering the life they sustain, the UN has strengthened its massive efforts to clean up the seas, which are the Earth's main buffer against climate change.

  4. Can Index Insurance Make African Farmers Climate-resilient?

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    ADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 (IPS) - Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.

  5. Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies - and Are Discarded

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    MEXICO CITY, Oct 20 (IPS) - They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and neither government takes into account their special needs.

  6. Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) - The world's tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  7. The Future for Financing Africa’s Renewable Energy

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    ADDIS ABABA, Oct 19 (IPS) - Lack of energy access presents a formidable challenge to Africa and lack of access to financing has been singled out as the biggest reason why over 620 million people living on the continent are stuck in energy poverty.

  8. Zimbabwe’s Diaspora Could Help Revive Ailing Economy

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    HARARE, Oct 19 (IPS) - At the dawn of the millennium, Sheila Mponda, 60, waved goodbye to her four children, who were leaving Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom in search of greener pastures. Mponda had just lost her husband and had been a housewife all her life.

  9. One of the World’s Most Dangerous PIaces For Aid Workers

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) - I will travel to the Central African Republic early next week to spend United Nations Day with a peacekeeping operation in order to pay tribute to peacekeepers across the world.

  10. An Inequality Beyond Wealth: Gaps in Women’s Health

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (IPS) - While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women's access to sexual and reproductive health.

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