News headlines in June 2015, page 3

  1. Billions Pledged for Nepal Reconstruction – But Still No Debt Relief

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - A major donor conference in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, came to a close on Jun. 25 with foreign governments and aid agencies pledging three billion dollars in post-reconstruction funds to the struggling South Asian nation.

  2. Helping People with Disabilities Become Agents of Change

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Participation, political and economic empowerment, inclusion, accessible technology and infrastructure as well as indicators for meaningful implementation are among the key issues persons with disabilities want to see reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  3. Journalists Pay the Price in Egypt's Crackdown on Dissent

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK, Jun 25 (IPS) - The Egyptian government is holding a record number of journalists in jail, a press freedom group said Thursday, despite promises to improve media freedoms in the country.

  4. Heat Wave Picking Off Pakistan’s Urban Poor

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    KARACHI, Jun 25 (IPS) - Over 950 people have perished in just five days. The morgues, already filled to capacity, are piling up with bodies, and in over-crowded hospitals the threat of further deaths hangs in the air.

  5. The U.N. at 70: United Nations Disappoints on Its 70th Anniversary - Part Two

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK, Jun 25 (IPS) - While member states, weakened in the neoliberal era, have pulled back from the U.N. and cut its budgets, a charity mentality has arisen at the world body. Corporations and the mega-rich have flocked to take advantage of the opportunity. They have looked for a quietly commanding role in the organisation's political process and hoped to shape the institution to their own priorities.

  6. The U.N. at 70: United Nations Disappoints on Its Seventieth Anniversary - Part One

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK, Jun 24 (IPS) - It is hard to imagine today the public enthusiasm that greeted the founding of the U.N. in 1945.  After massive suffering and social collapse resulting from the Second World War, the U.N. seemed almost miraculous – a means at last to build peace, democracy, and a just society on a global scale.

  7. Security Council Action on Gaza War Crimes a Non-Starter

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - When a U.N. panel released a 217-page report accusing both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes committed during the 50-day conflict in Gaza last July, the chances of Security Council action were remote because of the traditional U.S. commitment to stand by Israel – right or wrong, mostly wrong.

  8. Women’s Groups Say Gender Equality is a Must for Sustainable Development

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - On the eve of negotiations on the political declaration for the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Women's Major Group (WMG) calls on governments to define a transformative agenda to ensure just, sustainable and rights-based development.

  9. Costa Rican Women Try to Pull Legal Therapeutic Abortion Out of Limbo

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Jun 24 (IPS) - The lack of clear regulations and guidelines on therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica means women depend on the interpretation of doctors with regard to the circumstances under which the procedure can be legally practiced.

  10. Grenada Rebuilds Barrier Reefs

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves.