News headlines in 2017

  1. Foreign Investment Expands in Cuba…Despite Everything

    Saturday, November 25, 2017

    HAVANA, Nov 25 (IPS) - "Maybe many of us thought that this project was a dream six years ago, but not anymore. The geography has completely changed, because of everything that has been built and the investments that have been approved," said Nathaly Suárez, director of Construction Management at the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM).

  2. Combating Climate Change? Combat Land Degradation, Says UNCCD Chief

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 24 (IPS) - Land restoration is not a "glamorous subject even when you give all the numbers," admits Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD). But she also stresses that by 2050, the world population will reach 10 billion. To feed that extra 2.4 billion, current food production would need to be increased by 75 percent.

  3. Will DNA Data Base Deter Sexual Abuse at UN?

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 24 (IPS) - The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against the widespread – and continued – sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff resulting in relatively few convictions amidst daunting problems in tracking abusers and nailing down paternity claims.

  4. Conservative Onslaught Undermines Gender Advances in Latin America

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Nov 23 (IPS) - A "conservative and fundamentalist onslaught" in Latin America against a supposed "gender ideology" is jeopardising advances in the fight against violence towards women, feminist activists complain.

  5. A Cop Out at COP23?

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (IPS) - Despite a few victories, the UN's annual climate change conference ended without achieving its goals or injecting a sense of much needed urgency.

  6. Why UN’s Global Compact on Refugees Must Address Needs of Young People

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    LONDON, Nov 23 (IPS) - An estimated seven million refugees – about one-third of the global refugee population – are between 10 and 24 years old, yet this demographic is often overlooked in humanitarian and development responses. At a critical time in their lives, these young refugees experience the stress of displacement, which can impact their future development and success.

  7. Violence: Unending Woes of Indian Women

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Nov 23 (IPS) - The statistics are chilling. As many as 2.24 million crimes against women were reported over the past decade: 26 crimes against women are reported every hour, or one complaint every two minutes. As chilling as these statistics are, they don't reflect the gory details.

  8. Violence Against Women is Fundamentally About Power

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (IPS) - Every woman and every girl has the right to a life free of violence. Yet this rupture of human rights occurs in a variety of ways in every community. It particularly affects those who are most marginalized and most vulnerable.

  9. Climate-Smart Agriculture in Vanuatu: Learning to Grow

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu, Nov 22 (IPS) - It's been dry in Isavai on the island of Aniwa for last couple of years – ever since Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu in March 2015, leaving an El Nino-induced drought in its wake. A dry phase is bad news for farmers anywhere, but in Aniwa, where there is no constant water source and the only water supply comes almost exclusively from harvesting rain into tanks, it's disastrous.

  10. A Life Without the Threat of Violence for Everyone: Leave no One Behind

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    NEW YORK, Nov 22 (IPS) - The initial response to the outpouring of ‘#MeToo' around the world has been of outrage at the scale of sexual abuse and violence revealed. The millions of people joining the hashtag tide showed us how little they were heard before. They poured through the floodgate, opening up conversations, naming names and bolstering the frailty of individual statements with the robustness of a movement.