News headlines in January 2015, page 4

  1. After Nine Years of Foot-Dragging, U.N. Ready for Talks on High Seas Treaty

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (IPS) - After four days of intense negotiations - preceded by nine years of dilly-dallying - the United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

  2. OPINION: Greece Gives EU the Chance to Rediscover Its Social Responsibility

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    COVENTRY, England, Jan 24 (IPS) - The European Union should not be afraid of the leftist opposition party Syriza winning the Greek election, but see it as a chance to rediscover its founding principle - the social dimension that created it and without which it cannot survive.

  3. Forced Disappearances Are Humanitarian Crisis in Mexico

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (IPS) - The Mexican government will face close scrutiny from the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances – a phenomenon that made international headlines after 43 students from a rural teachers college were killed in September in Iguala, in a case that has not yet been fully clarified.

  4. Obama-Congress Iran Sanctions Battle Goes International

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (IPS) - While it's anyone's guess whether a final deal will be reached over Iran's nuclear programme this year, a number of key international actors have forcefully weighed in on calls from within the U.S. congress to impose more sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

  5. U.S. May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children's Treaty

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 (IPS) - When the East African nation of Somalia, once described as a "lawless state", ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) early this week, it left two countries in splendid isolation from the rest of the world: South Sudan and the United States.

  6. Three Minutes Away from Doomsday

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 (IPS) - Unchecked climate change and the nuclear arms race have propelled the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock forward two minutes closer to midnight, from its 2012 placement of five minutes to midnight.

  7. A “Rosetta Stone” for Conducting Biodiversity Assessments

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (IPS) - This month saw an important milestone reached by the U.N.'s young Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): Publication of its first public product.

  8. OPINION: Banks, Inequality and Citizens

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    ROME, Jan 22 (IPS) - Every day we receive striking data on major issues which should create tumult and action, but life goes on as if those data had nothing to do with people's lives.

  9. Africa Needs to Move Forward on Renewable Energy

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    ABU DHABI, Jan 22 (IPS) - Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions – such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power – is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty.

  10. Prosecutor’s Death a Test for Argentine Democracy

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Jan 21 (IPS) - The death of a special prosecutor investigating one of the biggest unresolved mysteries in the history of Argentina, the bombing of a Jewish community centre over 20 years ago, has put to the test an immature democracy that is caught up in a web of conspiracy theories and promiscuity between the secret services and those in power.