News headlines in March 2017

  1. Positive Signs as Asia-pacific Moves Towards Global Development Goals

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 31 (IPS) - With just over a year since the adoption of a historic blueprint to end poverty and protect the planet, positive signs have already started to emerge among countries in the Asia-Pacific region as they push ahead with the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  2. Indonesian Farmers Weather Climate Change with Conservation Agriculture

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    JAKARTA, Mar 31 (IPS) - Fifty-two-year-old farmer Theresia Loda was effusive when asked how conservation agriculture has changed her economic situation.

  3. Journalism in Nicaragua under Siege

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    MANAGUA, Mar 30 (IPS) - During the 161st session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an empty chair across from the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Edison Lanzas, sums up the Nicaraguan government's relationship with this issue in the country: absence.

  4. Two UN Experts Found Dead in DRC, Search Continues for Interpreter, Drivers

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 (IPS) - The bodies of two UN experts have been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) two weeks after their team went missing.

  5. Secret Companies Allow Corrupt Cash to Flood Key Real Estate Markets

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    ROME/BERLIN, Mar 30 (IPS) - The governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US need to close glaring legal loopholes to prevent the corrupt elite from laundering the proceeds of grand corruption in their local real estate markets, a major anti-corruption watchdog urges.

  6. Autism in Bangladesh: Reducing Discrimination Through Innovation

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    DHAKA, Mar 30 (IPS) - Within the last 5 years, thanks to political support and national education, autism awareness in Bangladesh has grown immensely. Due to a lack of funds and resources, providing full comprehensive evidence based services for those in need is not yet possible, but with a continuation of our current progression, it is certainly an attainable goal. Credit for our tremendous success in providing public awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by families with autism is ultimately, thanks to the dedication and resilience of those very families.

  7. How a Devastating Hurricane Led to St. Vincent’s First Sustainability School

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 30 (IPS) - In the 1980s, an institution for troubled Danish youth and a vocational school for Vincentians was built in Richmond Vale, an agricultural district on the northwestern tip of St. Vincent.

  8. A Special Learning Journey Cut Short

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    BLANTYRE, Malawi, Mar 29 (IPS) - When building a house, it's critical to lay a strong foundation. The same applies to education, with studies showing that children who attend early learning centers perform better in school than those who do not.

  9. Can the SDGs be financed?

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 29 (IPS) - Investment in the least developed countries (LDCs) will need to rise by at least 11 per cent annually through 2030, a little more than the 8.9 per cent between 2010 and 2015, in order for them to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations' World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 focuses on the difficulties in securing sufficient financing for the SDGs given the global financial system and current economic environment.

  10. France Hosts Major Exhibition on Jamaican Music

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    PARIS, Mar 29 (IPS) - It's one of those movie-like spring days in Paris, where blue skies and brilliant sunshine lift spirits after a long, wet, grey winter. Many people are outdoors trying to catch the rays, but Jamaican artist Danny Coxson is not among them.  He's inside a museum in a northeastern neighbourhood of the French capital, with a brush in his hand and tubs of vivid paint beside him, focusing on finishing a portrait of a deejay named Big Youth.