News headlines in June 2017, page 4

  1. New Inhumane Record: One Person Displaced Every Three Second

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 (IPS) - Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency has reported.

  2. Asia-Pacific: Farming Rice and Fish Together to Reduce Poverty

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    ROME/BANGKOK, Jun 20 (IPS) - Rice is a major food commodity and staple food for many, and adding fish to flooded rice paddies has been a farming tradition practiced in a number of Asian countries for many centuries—even for more than 1000 years in some Chinese areas, the United Nations reports.

  3. UN Work Stoppage in Geneva Halts Human Rights Meeting

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - As UN staffers in Geneva threaten a strike, protesting a proposed salary cut of over 7.5 percent, a token two-hour "work stoppage" last week forced the Human Rights Council to suspend its meeting.

  4. Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya through Innovative Financing

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 (IPS) - Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the economy.

  5. Africa: Drought and Jobless, Hopeless Youth, Fertile Grounds for Extremism

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    ROME/OUAGADOUGOU, Jun 19 (IPS) - Ignoring the plight of jobless young people in sub-Saharan Africa is a recipe for political instability and global insecurity, warned a high-level symposium of Africa's interior, environment and foreign affairs ministers in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

  6. Safeguarding Precious Crop Genes in Trust for Humanity

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    ABUJA, Nigeria, Jun 19 (IPS) - A genetic resource centre run by the Nigeria-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture has banked thousands of crop varieties for disaster relief and research, holds the world's largest and most diverse collection of cowpeas, and contains some of Africa's rarest insect species.

  7. Latin America's Rural Exodus Undermines Food Security

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Jun 17 (IPS) - In Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 12 per cent of the planet's arable land, and one-third of its fresh water reserves, a number of factors contribute to soil degradation and to a rural exodus that compromises food security in a not-so-unlikely future.

  8. Africa Could Help Feed the World – If Its Fertile Land Doesn’t Vanish

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    OUAGADOUGOU, Jun 16 (IPS) - The 23rd World Day to Combat Desertification was celebrated in Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou on June 15 with a call to create two million jobs and restore 10 million hectares of degraded land.

  9. Housing Refugees of the Middle East Conflicts: Where Will They Go?

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 16 (IPS) - Prolonged conflicts in the Middle East have led to a deadly humanitarian crisis, with as many as 17.5 million people displaced in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

  10. BRICS to Lead World’s Efforts to Eradicate Hunger, Poverty by 2030

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    ROME, Jun 16 (IPS) - With the clock ticking toward the 2030 deadline for meeting the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, five of the world's most important emerging economies are well positioned to take a leading role in helping to achieve these objectives, according to the United Nations.