News headlines in April 2017

Caribbean Rolls Out Plans to Reduce Climate Change Hazards

Sunday, April 30, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 30 (IPS) - Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). And according to the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the reduction of greenhouse gases is "the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment".

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

Saturday, April 29, 2017

MEXICO CITY, Apr 29 (IPS) - Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Brito covered drug trafficking issues in a region of the southern state of Guerrero where criminal groups are extremely powerful.

At UN, Rex Tillerson, Top US Diplomat, Delivers Stark Warnings to North Korea

Saturday, April 29, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 (IPS) - Speaking to the United Nations Security Council at a meeting on North Korea held at the foreign-minister level, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked member countries to join the United States in a strong campaign to enhance pressures on the Kim Jong-un regime, whose rapidly developing nuclear and missile programs have reached dangerous levels.

Caribbean Scientists Work to Limit Climate Impact on Marine Environment

Friday, April 28, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 28 (IPS) - Caribbean scientists say fishermen are already seeing the effects of climate change, so for a dozen or so years they've been designing systems and strategies to reduce the impacts on the industry.

Climate-Smart Agriculture – From Tanzania to Vietnam

Friday, April 28, 2017

ROME, Apr 28 (IPS) - As part of efforts to move towards "climate-smart" agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.

The UN Needs to Bring Parliamentarians on Board

Friday, April 28, 2017

BERLIN, Apr 28 (IPS) - In pursuit of the Agenda 2030 the UN is playing an increasingly important role. Its Charter was declared in the name of "We, the Peoples." Elected representatives, however, who are interested in the affairs of the UN and its entities will discover that there are hardly any arrangements in place that would allow them to be involved.

Multilateralism, Key Element in Promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Friday, April 28, 2017

MEXICO CITY, Apr 28 (IPS) - The end of last year and the start of the current one were marked by major changes and enormous uncertainties, although there were also some notable advances and great opportunities, both at the global level and for Latin America and the Caribbean.

20 Million People Could ‘Starve to Death’ in Next Six Months

Friday, April 28, 2017

ROME, Apr 28 (IPS) - Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in North Eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN leading food and agriculture agency's chief on April 28 warned. "If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months."

Marching for a Green and Just Future

Friday, April 28, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 (IPS) - People around the world will be banding together to fight one of the world's most pressing problems: climate change.

Kenya Is Doing Its Part to Battle Drought, We Must Too

Friday, April 28, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 (IPS) - After three years of drought and failed harvests, Kenya is in the grip of a national crisis.

All eyes are on neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan – where the needs are indeed greater and more acute – but we must not forget the nearly 3 million Kenyans whose lives have been blighted by these extreme conditions.