News headlines in November 2017

  1. The World is Losing the Battle Against Child Labour

    Saturday, November 18, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Nov 18 (IPS) - The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour,  which drew nearly 2000 delegates from 190 countries to the Argentine capital, left many declarations of good intentions but nothing to celebrate.

  2. Financing Will Continue to be Key Issue in Battling Climate Change

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    BONN, Nov 17 (IPS) - "The Bonn climate talks were foundational, paving the way to finalize the rules that underpin the Paris Agreement next year and setting the stage for countries to commit to enhance their national climate plans by 2020. On both counts, the climate talks in Bonn were a success. However, negotiators have plenty of homework to do to get there.

  3. The Birth of a Dictator

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    PHNOM PENH, Nov 17 (IPS) - The government had an almost paranoid fear of protests. A square kilometer around the Supreme Court was barricaded and off limits to the public. In faraway provinces, roadblocks were erected to stop demonstrators. Some opposition members were under temporary house arrest. But it turned out to be unnecessary. Nobody dared to protest.

  4. Rejoicing in the Other and Celebrating Diversity Are Needed More than Ever to Address the Root-Causes of Intolerance

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    GENEVA, Nov 16 (IPS) - The Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim deplored the rise of xenophobia, bigotry and marginalization - targeting refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons - that is taking effect in many regions of the world.

  5. Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    LONDON, Nov 16 (IPS) - This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)-- and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.

  6. Climate Change: The World’s Poorest Will Judge us by Action

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    BONN, Nov 16 (IPS) - Two years ago, 197 parties came together in Paris and agreed to the historical Paris Framework. Since that December 2015, we all have seen countless pictures of utterly devastating floods, wildfires, hurricanes happening more and more frequently all over our planet mainly affecting the poorest among us.

  7. Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    ROME, Nov 16 (IPS) - It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture --and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?

  8. Coal Pollution Continues to Spread in Latin America

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Nov 15 (IPS) - Despite growing global pressure to reduce the use of coal to generate electricity, several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean still have projects underway for expanding this polluting energy source.

  9. Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    LONDON/WASHINGTON DC, Nov 15 (IPS) - "I never come here, just because of boys," Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. "They're opening the door." Atifa, a sixth grader in Kabul, Afghanistan, attends a school of 650 girls. Since they study in tents in a vacant lot, the only toilets the girls have access to are on the far side of the boys' school next door. The school is one of a very few for girls in the area, so some students walk over an hour each way to get there.

  10. Climate Change is Already Upon us & Will Only Worsen in Short Term

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    BONN, Nov 15 (IPS) - It is fitting that this year's conference of parties (on climate change, COP 23) is led by Fiji, a nation on the frontlines.