News headlines in May 2017

  1. Why international financial crises?

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 31 (IPS) - International currency and financial crises have become more frequent since the 1990s, and with good reason. But the contributory factors are neither simple nor straightforward. Such financial crises have, in turn, contributed to more frequent economic difficulties for the economies affected, as evident following the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession still evident almost a decade later.

  2. A UN of the Future to Effectively Serve all Member States

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (IPS) - Through a series of recent global agreements on sustainable development, climate change, sustaining peace, disaster risk reduction, and financing for development, Member States have provided a broad vision of the future they want. I am committed to advancing meaningful reforms to adapt the United Nations to this complex world, so that it can effectively serve all of its Member States in achieving that future and managing shared challenges and opportunities along the way.

  3. Genetically Engineered Crops: Fake News Disappointments

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    SELANGOR, Malaysia, May 31 (IPS) - Fake news plaguing the progress of genetically engineered (GE) crops is nothing new since their first commercial cultivation 21 years ago. One of the most recent examples of fake news reports was churned out by  economist, Jomo Kwame Sundaram and his co-author Tan Zhai Gen, http://ipsnews.net/2017/05/genetically-engineered-disappointments.

  4. How to Produce More Food with Less Damage to Soil, Water, Forests

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    ROME/BRUSSELS, May 31 (IPS) - Massive agriculture intensification is contributing to increased deforestation, water scarcity, soil depletion and the level of greenhouse gas emission, the United Nations warns.

  5. Measly Earnings for Tamil Shoemakers

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    STOCKHOLM, May 31 (IPS) - Working fulltime in their own homes, putting their health at risk with the chemicals they use, to make the shoes sold in the West. Indian women endure poor working conditions and earn just over 40 dollars per month.

  6. The Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (IPS) - The cruel conflict in Syria continues to tear families apart, inflicts brutal suffering on the innocent, and leaves them pleading for protection and justice. I readily acknowledge that there have been reports of a significant drop in violence in some areas of the country, but such steps forward continue to be counter-weighted by the reality of a conflict that continues to devastate the civilian population.

  7. Business Unusual: Valuing Water for a Sustainable Future

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    JOHANNESBURG, May 30 (IPS) - Valuing water is more than simply assigning costs to a scare resource - it is an essential step for transforming water governance to meet the needs of a prosperous future.

  8. Proposed UN Pay Cuts Threaten Work Stoppage in Geneva

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (IPS) - Facing significant reductions in US financial contributions from a politically-unpredictable Donald Trump administration, the UN Secretariat is gearing itself for a rash of austerity measures and budgetary cuts, including downsizing peacekeeping operations and cuts in development aid, reproductive health and overseas travel.

  9. The ‘Water-Employment-Migration’ Explosive Nexus

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    ROME, May 30 (IPS) - Water--everybody talks about it, warns against its growing scarcity, excessive waste, the impact of climate change, the frequent severe droughts and so on. Now, a global action network with over 3,000 partner organisations in 183 countries comes to unveil the dangerous nexus between water, employment and migration, in particular in the Mediterranean region.

  10. Africa Drives Global Action Against Mercury Use

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    NAIROBI, May 30 (IPS) - With a new international treaty, an increasing number of African countries are committing to phasing out mercury, a significant health and environmental hazard.