News headlines in January 2017, page 4

  1. 360 Million of 625 Million People Are Overweight in Latin America and Caribbean

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    SANTIAGO, Jan 20 (IPS) - In Latin America and the Caribbean 360 million people are overweight, and 140 million are obese, warned the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Panamerican Health Organisation (PAHO).

  2. Regional Solutions Key for Asia-pacific’s Transition to Sustainable Energy

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    BANGKOK, Jan 20 (IPS) - The Asia-Pacific region is at a turning point in its energy trajectory. The energy solutions that have fuelled growth in the region over the past few decades are no longer compatible with the sustainable development aspirations of our nations and their people. In transitioning to a new era of sustainable energy, policymakers across the region face complex decisions. Supplies must be secure and affordable, and they must fill the energy access gap which leaves half a billion people across the region without access to electricity. At the same time mitigating the local impacts of energy generation and use will be vital in resolving problems such as the air pollution choking our cities and the global consequences of greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Solutions exist, but only through regional cooperation and integration can Asia and the Pacific transition to sustainable energy in time to meet the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goals.

  3. Why Polio Campaigns Must Reach Every Last Child in Kenya

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    NAIROBI, Jan 20 (IPS) - For a long time, no person in Kenya suffered the devastating disability that is caused by polio. In fact, the only reminder in the early 2000s was the victims in the streets of Nairobi, many of whom had been paralyzed as children and adults. Their lives were ravaged by this terrible, vaccine-preventable disease.

  4. A Women’s March on the World

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    NEW YORK, Jan 20 (IPS) - Just one day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of women are expected to attend one of the largest demonstrations in history for gender equality.

  5. Were UN Plans to Ban Nukes Pre-empted by Trump?

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) - UN member states wanting to ban nuclear weapons may make little headway in 2017, after US President-elect Donald Trump pre-empted their agreement by proposing to expand the United States nuclear arsenal.

  6. Social Networks in Mexico Both Fuel and Fight Discontent

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

  7. Right to Information Dead on Arrival at UN

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) - The 193-member UN General Assembly has been dragging its feet on a proposal that has been kicked around the corridors of the United Nations for over 10 years: a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) providing journalists the "right to information" in a sprawling bureaucracy protective of its turf.

  8. Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 19 (IPS) - US President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he will take the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the first day of his presidency in January 2017. Now, it is widely expected that Trump's presidency will increase US trade protectionism, and consequently by others in retaliation, possibly triggering serious trade conflicts with difficult to predict consequences.

  9. Pacific Islanders Call for U.S. Solidarity on Climate Change

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 19 (IPS) - The new political power of business magnate Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated Jan. 20 as the 45th President of the United States, will have ramifications for every global region, including the Pacific Islands.

  10. Trump's UN Pick: "UN Could Benefit from a Fresh Set of Eyes"

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 (IPS) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, nominated to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the UN, outlined her vision of a strong U.S. role in the human rights institution at a confirmation hearing today.