News headlines in 2016, page 5

  1. Gender Equality 'Clear Priority' for New UN Secretary-General

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 13 (IPS) - Achieving gender equality in UN staff appointments will be a "clear priority" for incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, when he takes up the UN's top administrative role in January 2017.

  2. Putting Women Front and Centre in the Development Agenda

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 (IPS) - Reengineering the framework of support by bringing in women as new actors in effective development cooperation will play a pivotal role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  3. Developmentalism and Conservation Clash Out at Sea

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 12 (IPS) - "We don't have access to marine areas, because most are protected areas or are in private hands. We indigenous people have been losing access to our territories, as this decision became a privilege of the state," complained Donald Rojas, a member of the Brunka indigenous community in Costa Rica.

  4. New Anti-Corruption Leader Takes the Helm in Ghana

    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    KUMASI, Ghana, Dec 11 (IPS) - Ghanaian opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has made history as the first son of a former president to lead the West African country, beating incumbent President John Mahama in the 2016 presidential elections held on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

  5. Food Insecurity: An Agent for Violent Conflict

    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    ROME, Dec 11 (IPS) - Up to two billion people live in countries affected by violence, conflict and fragility. Often, such political instability goes hand in hand with food insecurity. "Conflicts have pushed over 56 million people either into crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity", Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project, said at this years' John McGovern Lecture held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The number continues to grow with the escalation of conflicts and violence in countries like Syria, Yemen or South Sudan.

  6. Women Human Rights Defenders: Targeted for Identity and Activism

    Friday, December 09, 2016

    BERLIN, Dec 09 (IPS) - AWID's 5th online tribute to Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) who have died in recent years, commemorates sixty feminists and activists. Thirty eight of these defenders died violently, and were murdered as a result of who they were, their identities, and the rights they defended.

  7. Why Achieving Sdg Goal 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth Is Critical for Kenya

    Friday, December 09, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 09 (IPS) - In Kenya the Gini coefficient of inequality is at around 0.45%. Therefore, the economic growth statistics present an unequivocal picture of a highly unequal society, whose development strategy is largely leading to accumulation of wealth by a few and worsening the poverty of the majority.

  8. Anti-Torture Law Helps Pay Off Chile’s Debt to Human Rights

    Thursday, December 08, 2016

    SANTIAGO, Dec 08 (IPS) - After 26 years of democratic governments, Chile has finally passed a law that defines torture as a criminal act, but which is still not sufficient to guarantee that the abuses will never again happen, according to human rights experts.

  9. Fiscal austerity has been blocking economic recovery

    Thursday, December 08, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 08 (IPS) - Instead of concerted and sustained efforts for a strong, sustained economic recovery to overcome protracted stagnation, the near policy consensus on fiscal austerity in the G7 and the G20 OECD countries, except for the US and Japan, has dragged down economic recovery in developing countries.

  10. Gambia May Not Join African Withdrawals from ICC

    Thursday, December 08, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) may have had a small reprieve this week from a string of African withdrawals, with Gambia's newly elected President Adama Barrow telling various media outlets that there is no need for Gambia to leave the court.