News headlines in November 2017, page 5

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Vanuatu: Community Farms Helping Small Islands Adapt to Climate Change

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu, Nov 15 (IPS) - Here in Vanuatu, the ocean has been getting warmer and more acidic. Scientists are predicting that cyclone patterns will change, we'll see heavier rainfalls, a wetter wet season and a drier dry season. We're already seeing the sea rising six millimeters per year in the capital, Port Vila; higher than the global average.

  9. On Gender Day at Climate Meet, Some Progress, Many Hurdles

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 15 (IPS) - "Five years ago, when we first started talking about including gender in the negotiations, the parties asked us, ‘Why gender?' Today, they are asking, ‘How do we include gender?' That's the progress we have seen since Doha," said Kalyani Raj.

  10. How to Ensure Farming is More Than Just a Footnote in Climate Talks

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 14 (IPS) - If change comes from within, then climate action in agriculture must logically start with farmers. They need to find ways to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

    But when that involves 800 million of the world's poorest people, they are going to require systematic and dedicated support.