News headlines in 2017

  1. Sinking Island Seeks Seat in Security Council

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 (IPS) - The Maldives, one of the world's low-lying, small island developing states (SIDS) -- threatened with extinction because of a sea-level rise-- is shoring up its coastal defences in anticipation of the impending calamity.

  2. Migrant Contributions to Development: Creating a “New Positive Narrative”

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 (IPS) - Despite the "undeniable" benefits of migration, barriers including public misconceptions continue to hinder positive development outcomes, participants said during a series of thematic consultations here on safe, orderly, and regular migration.

  3. To Achieve Ambitious Goals – We Need to Start with our Basic Rights

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    NEW YORK, Jul 26 (IPS) - Recent protests in Ethiopia have seen people demonstrate in their thousands, angry at their authoritarian government, its favouritism towards those close to the ruling elite, and its failure to share the country's wealth more equally.

  4. China Seeks to Export Its Green Finance Model to the World

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Jul 26 (IPS) - Hand in hand with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the People's Bank of China (PBoC) disembarked in the Argentine capital to prompt this country to adopt and promote the agenda of so-called green finance, which supports clean or sustainable development projects and combats climate change.

  5. Nigeria’s Ticking Time Bomb

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Maiduguri City, Nigeria, Jul 25 (IPS) - In the dusty arid town of Dikwa, tens of thousands of Nigerians queue for hours in sweltering 40-degree heat for water. Fatuma is one of 100,000 people displaced in the Borno State town, the epicentre of Nigeria's conflict. She sifts through remnants of food aid seeds, drying them out to prepare them to eat. Food is a scarcity here. Fatuma used to live on three meals a day. Today she is happy if aid agencies can provide her with a single meal.

  6. Alcoholism Cannot Explain Russian Mortality Spike

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 25 (IPS) - The steep upsurge in mortality and sudden fall in life expectancy in Russia in the early 1990s were the highest ever registered anywhere in recorded human history in the absence of catastrophes, such as wars, plague or famine. The shock economic reforms in the former Soviet economies after 1991 precipitated this unprecedented increase in mortality, shortening life expectancy, especially among middle-aged males.

  7. Tobago Gears Up to Fight Sargassum Invasion

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 25 (IPS) - As Tobago's tourism industry struggles to repel the sargassum invasions that have smothered its beaches with massive layers of seaweed as far as the eye can see - in some places half a metre thick - and left residents retching from the stench, the island's government is working to establish an early warning system that will alert islanders of imminent invasions so they can take defensive action.

  8. The G20 Needs To Go Back to its Roots

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    BERLIN, Jul 24 (IPS) - When the finance ministers of the G7 countries proposed the G20 in the late 1990s, a good sense of realism prevailed. They recognized that addressing issues of global finance required the political support from—and involvement of—emerging market economies.

  9. The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    ROME, Jul 24 (IPS) - Politicians are so busy fighting for their jobs, they hardly seem to notice that they risk going out of business. Democracy is on the wane, yet the problem is nowhere in Parliaments. Common to all is a progressive loss of vision, of long term planning and solutions, with politics used just for power.

  10. Kenya and Ethiopia Join Forces to Advance Peace, Security, Development and Hope

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 (IPS) - The Horn of Africa is often synonymous with extreme poverty, conflict, demographic pressure, environmental stress, and under-investment in basic social services such as health, education, access to clean water and infrastructure.