News headlines in December 2016, page 2

  1. Quality Water for All a Life and Death Issue in Bangladesh

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    DHAKA, Dec 27 (IPS) - There is no exaggerating how crucial water is for human survival, particularly in countries like Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by rivers. The level of water in a river here directly affects the lifestyles and livelihoods of the people living on its two sides, so much so that rivers and water bodies of varied sizes are an inseparable part of Bengali culture and heritage.

  2. Arms Trade Treaty Falling Down in Yemen

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 27 (IPS) - Two years after the UN Arms Trade Treaty entered into force many of the governments which championed the treaty are failing to uphold it, especially when it comes to the conflict in Yemen.

  3. US Heads for Political Showdown with UN

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 27 (IPS) - The United States has had a longstanding love-hate relationship with the United Nations ever since 1952 when the world body began operations in New York city on an 18-acre piece of land which housed an abattoir where cattle was being trucked daily for slaughter.

  4. Bio-Product Targeting Deadly Toxin Holds Hope for Africa’s Food

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    ABUJA, Dec 27 (IPS) - As food contaminants, aflatoxins are amongst the deadliest. Between 2004 and 2007, contaminated maize killed nearly 200 people in Kenya, left hundreds hospitalised and rendered millions of bags of maize unfit for consumption.

  5. Threats to Freedom of Expression in the Social Networks

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    ZAPOPAN, Mexico, Dec 27 (IPS) - Email surveillance, blocking of websites with content that is awkward for governments, or the interruption of services such as WhatsApp are symptoms of the threat to freedom of expression online, according to Latin American activists.

  6. A “Selective” Concern for Universal Human Rights?

    Monday, December 26, 2016

    ROME, Dec 26 (IPS) - As Human Rights Day approached this Dec. 10, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) issued a statement urging all governments to join in the fight for universal equality and justice.

  7. Communications Key to Successful Development Projects

    Saturday, December 24, 2016

    DHAKA, Dec 24 (IPS) - Pumping money into development projects and rolling them out without having a good communications policy in place makes it unlikely the programmes will achieve their desired goals, as communications is vital to connect with stakeholders.

  8. Agroecology Booming in Argentina

    Saturday, December 24, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Dec 24 (IPS) - Organic agriculture is rapidly expanding in Argentina, the leading agroecological producer in Latin America and second in the world after Australia, as part of a backlash against a model that has disappointed producers and is starting to worry consumers.

  9. Historic UN Security Council Vote Condemns Israeli Settlements

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 23 (IPS) - A historic UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements was received with sustained applause within the security council chamber after it was adopted with 14 votes in favour and one abstention.

  10. New Ebola Vaccine Trial Results Offer Hope

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 23 (IPS) - A new Ebola vaccine may be the first to successfully protect against one of the world's most lethal pathogens, according to a trial involving over 11,000 participants in Guinea.