News headlines in August 2016, page 5

  1. Interview: The UN Security Council and North Korea's Nuclear Threat

    Sunday, August 14, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS / ROME, Aug 14 (IPS) - Ambassador Hahn Choong-hee, UN representative of the Republic of Korea, spoke with IPS about the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2270, which was unanimously adopted on 2 March 2016.

  2. Iran: Children at the Gallows

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    ROME, Aug 12 (IPS) - As Iran currently executes the highest number of juvenile offenders in the world, hundreds of Iranian minors helplessly watch their childhoods pass them by as they await their fatal ends behind bars.

  3. Youth Key to the Success of the Sdgs in Kenya

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 12 (IPS) - Consider this: in 1956 Sweden and Kenya's population was roughly at 7 million. Today Sweden has about 9.8 million, while there are about 44 million Kenyans.

    Fertility levels are declining gradually and Kenyans are living longer. It is estimated that there will be 85 million people in Kenya by 2050, with three quarters of these being below 35 years. While Kenya's median age is 19, Sweden's is 42.

  4. Youth Employment: Turning Workplace Partnerships into Opportunity

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    NEW YORK, Aug 12 (IPS) - Many of us can remember the difficulties of getting our first job – the searching, the frustration of rejection, the nervous wait for an interview or the first day of work. Today's staggering unemployment rates in many countries make it an especially difficult time for young job-seekers.

  5. Women’s Inclusion in Sports Competes in Rio Games

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 12 (IPS) - At the age of 14, Kaillana de Oliveira of Brazil knows she won't be as tall as most professional basketball players, because of family genetics. But she is not letting that get in the way of her dream of standing out in the sport.

  6. War on Climate Terror (II): Fleeing Disasters, Escaping Drought, Migrating

    Thursday, August 11, 2016

    ROME, Aug 11 (IPS) - "No one can deny the terrible similarities between those running from the threat of guns and those fleeing creeping desertification, water shortages, floods and hurricanes."

  7. Expansionary fiscal consolidation myth

    Thursday, August 11, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug 11 (IPS) - The debt crisis in Europe continues to drag on. Drastic measures to cut government debts and deficits, including by replacing democratically elected governments with ‘technocrats', have only made things worse. The more recent drastic expenditure cuts in Europe to quickly reduce public finance deficits have not only adversely impacted the lives of millions as unemployment soared. The actions also seem to have killed the goose that lay the golden egg of economic growth, resulting in a ‘low growth' debt trap.

  8. False Promises: Avoid ‘Miracle’ Rice and Just Eat a Carrot

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    NEW DELHI, Aug 10 (IPS) - Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015.

    Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering.

  9. The Un Steps up Efforts to End Child Marriage

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    NEW YORK, Aug 10 (IPS) - Barely 17 years old and from the Gajapati district in Odisha, India, Susmita has never gone to school. She rears the few animals her family owns, and this is her primary duty besides attending to household chores.

  10. Kenya’s Health Sector Challenges Present the Ideal Setting for Creating Shared Value

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    Mandera County, Kenya, Aug 10 (IPS) - The increased budgetary allocations to the health sector by county governments point to an acknowledgement not only of the enormous challenges facing the sector, but also of good health as a prerequisite to overall development.