News headlines in March 2016, page 4

  1. Water Crisis in Zimbabwe

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Mar 22 (IPS) - A narrow dirty trail snakes through what used to be a small dam in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme south of the eastern border city of Mutare. And what remains of this once perennial dam is just a small puddle of mudded water; the dirty water is completely covered with thick green algae.

  2. Are Indigenous Women Key to Sustainable Development?

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 (IPS) - "We, indigenous women want to be considered as part of the solution for sustainable development, because we have capabilities and knowledge, " said Tarcila Rivera, a Quechua journalist and activist for the rights of indigenous people in Peru, at a press conference on the Empowerment of Indigenous Women.

  3. Forests Help Quench Urban Thirst

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - The next time you turn on the tap to fill the kettle, you might want to spare a thought for the forest that made it possible. It may be a hundred kilometres away or more from where you are sitting, but the chances are that you owe your cup of tea, in part at least, to the trees that helped to capture the water, and to filter it on its long journey to you the consumer.

  4. DIHAD Emphasizes Relief and Development Efforts to Meet Humanitarian Challenges

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    DUBAI, Mar 21 (IPS) - The Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) opened today with key speakers emphasizing the urgency to discuss innovative solutions to be applied in humanitarian operations. Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, the 13th edition of DIHAD was inaugurated by HE Mr. Ibrahim Bumelha, Cultural and Humanitarian Advisor of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Chairman of DIHAD Higher Committee, President of DISAB, on behalf of UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

  5. World Water Day: Water Scarcity Is a Clear and Present Danger

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - Water scarcity is already a clear and present danger, and it is the innocent, particularly women and children, who are harmed most. When we are inundated with information about water it's easy to become desensitized. World Water Day on March 22nd gives us an opportunity to reflect on the one simple truth: water is life.

  6. Water and Sanitation Challenges Amidst Social Inequality in Urban Areas in India

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (IPS) - During the month of March 2016 and ironically very close to the World Water Day, the Supreme Court of India had to step in to resolve a water sharing dispute between three contiguous states including the National Capital Region. That, this was not the first time that the Supreme Court had to intervene is a stark indicator of the extent of the water crisis that is confronting India, a country that aspires to be a global power. Earlier Supreme Court had to step in to resolve a bitter dispute on water sharing between two Southern states of India – Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

  7. Reaping the Gender Dividend

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Mar 21 (IPS) - For the first time, an all-female flight crew recently operated a Royal Brunei Airlines jet from Brunei to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Such a feat certainly appears noteworthy in a country where gender segregation is pervasive. When women are still not permitted to drive a car; where there are separate entrances for men and women in banks, is there a possibility of an all-female crew operating a Saudi Airlines plane from Jeddah to Brunei? Not immediately, as there are disturbing signs that the limited gains on the gender front might face reversals.

  8. Corruption Threat to Pacific Island Forests

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 21 (IPS) - The vast rainforests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean are crucial for environmental sustainability, survival of indigenous peoples and the wider goal of containing climate change. But forest degradation, driven primarily by excessive commercial logging, most of which is illegal, is a perpetual threat.

  9. How to Be Happy… By Decree!

    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    Cairo, Mar 20 (IPS) - When the United Nations was still getting ready to mark this year's International Day of Happiness on 20 March, the rulers of an Arab State could have well said: "but we are ahead and have already created a Ministry for Happiness and appointed a young lady to be in charge of it!"

  10. The Pursuit of Global National Happiness

    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    ROME, Mar 20 (IPS) - Should a country's development be measured in smiles instead of dollars? Increasingly, governments and organizations are measuring social progress through happiness. This is in marked contrast to the long-accepted practice of using Gross Domestic Product to measure development, built upon the premise that a country's success can largely be quantified by its economic activity. Though only recently gaining international attention, the push to pursue "gross national happiness" as a policy goal originated over 40 years ago in the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.