News headlines in October 2017, page 4

  1. Let’s Harness the Egalitarian Spirit of Sport for Global Cohesion

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 (IPS) - 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.

    In his message to the world the UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres remarked"When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world".

  2. Lack of International Action on Rohingya Crisis Called a “Disgrace”

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (IPS) - As the crisis in Myanmar reaches unprecedented levels, frustration is at its peak as the international community remains slow to respond and act cohesively.

  3. Role of the Fashion Industry in UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (IPS) - Fashion is not a sector that exists in a vacuum. In fact, the fashion industry is not unlike any other key economic drivers; it is a key component of a global economy and certainly an important sector to consider when thinking about the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  4. Innovation for Climate-Smart Agriculture Key to Ending Hunger in Kenya

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 (IPS) - Some parts of Kenya are reeling from the effects of probably the worst drought in the last 20 years. With nearly 3.4 million people food insecure, Kenya's food security prognosis looks gloomy, with climate change and natural resource depletion set to pose even greater risks in the long term.

  5. Austrian Elections: The Crisis of Europe Continues

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    ROME, Oct 21 (IPS) - The Austrian elections show clearly that media have given up on contextualising events. To do that, calls for a warning about Europe's future, as a vehicle of European values is required. Europe has been weakened by all the recent elections, with the notable exception of France. Common to all, France included, were some clear trends, that we will hastily, and therefore maybe imperfectly, examine.

  6. Cycles of Wealth in Brazil’s Amazon: Gold, Lumber, Cattle and Now, Energy

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    PARANAITA, Brazil, Oct 21 (IPS) - The burning down of the local forest, on Jun. 29, 1979, was the first step towards the creation of the city of Paranaita, in a municipality that is now trying to shed its reputation as a major deforester of Brazil's Amazon rainforest and has named itself "the energy capital."

  7. Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    NEW YORK, Oct 20 (IPS) - On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country's Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts. She could not believe that the United States had not.

  8. Good Men Should Not be Quiet Spectators in Sexual Assaults

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 20 (IPS) - The pain and anger of more than a million people who tweeted #MeToo in the last week have crowded social media with personal stories of sexual harassment or assault.

  9. World Campaign to Clean Torrents of Plastic Dumped in the Oceans

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    ROME, Oct 20 (IPS) - With 30 countries from Kenya to Indonesia and from Canada to Brazil now involved in the world campaign to beat pollution by countering the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading oceans and endangering the life they sustain, the UN has strengthened its massive efforts to clean up the seas, which are the Earth's main buffer against climate change.

  10. Can Index Insurance Make African Farmers Climate-resilient?

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    ADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 (IPS) - Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.