News headlines in June 2015, page 5

  1. Opinion: Pope Francis’ Timely Call to Action on Climate Change

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    BOSTON, Jun 22 (IPS) - Pope Francis just issued Laudato Si, the first ever encyclical about ecology, which promises to be a highly influential document for years to come. The encyclical, which is the most authoritative teaching document a Pope can issue, delivered a strong message addressing the moral dimension of the severe ecological crisis we have caused with our "throwaway culture" and general disregard for our common home, the Earth.

  2. Opinion: The Oceans Need the Spotlight Now

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    COLOMBO, Jun 22 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.

  3. Opinion: Ethical Challenges to Advertising

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, Jun 20 (IPS) - Challenges to advertisers and marketers arose in the past century. Critics deplored the role of cigarette marketers who exploited the aspirations of women by associating smoking with liberation. 

  4. Take Good News on Afghanistan’s Reconstruction With a ‘Grain of Salt’

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - Since 2002, a year after it invaded Afghanistan, the United States has poured over 100 billion dollars into developing and rebuilding this country of just over 30 million people. This sum is in addition to the trillions spent on U.S. military operations, to say nothing of the deaths of 2,000 service personnel in the space of a single decade.

  5. Amazon Dam also Brings Health Infrastructure for Local Population

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jun 19 (IPS) - Extensive public health infrastructure and the eradication of malaria will be the most important legacy of the construction of the Belo Monte hydropower dam in Brazil's Amazon jungle for the population affected by the megaproject.

  6. U.N. Takes First Step Towards Treaty to Curb Lawlessness in High Seas

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - The 193-member General Assembly adopted a resolution Friday aimed at drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

  7. Opinion: 2015 and Beyond, Young Voices, Loud Demands

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    BRUSSELS, Jun 19 (IPS) - As a young person interested in development, my heart beats a little faster when I look at the potential of 2015. There has never been so much at stake as this year for the future of our planet.

  8. Opinion: Building Civil Service Excellence in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - This September, we usher in the post-2015 development agenda with a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon by Member States, with civil society participation, based on national, regional and global consultations.

  9. Farmers Find their Voice Through Radio in the Badlands of India

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    TIKAMGARH, India, Jun 19 (IPS) - Eighty-year-old Chenabai Kushwaha sits on a charpoy under a neem tree in the village of Chitawar, located in the Tikamgarh district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, staring intently at a dictaphone.

  10. Pope Could Upstage World Leaders at U.N. Summit in September

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (IPS) - Judging by his recent public pronouncements - including on reproductive health, biodiversity, the creation of a Palestinian state, the political legitimacy of Cuba and now climate change – Pope Francis may upstage more than 150 world leaders when he addresses the United Nations, come September.