News headlines in December 2017

  1. A Responsibility to Prevent Genocide

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 (IPS) - Almost 70 years since the Genocide Convention was adopted, the international community still faces a continued and growing risk of genocide.

  2. For Freedom from Poverty, Universal Health Coverage Is a Must

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 (IPS) - Today is 12 December 2017 is an auspicious day, as it marks Kenya's independence from colonial rule in 1963. Today is also Universal Health Coverage Day. It is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable, quality health care to every person, everywhere.

  3. Are Value Chains a Pathway to Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (IPS) - Although difficult to ascertain whether it is a trend reversal, two recent FAO reports (2017a, b) show a rise in hunger globally as well as in Africa. The number of undernourished (NoU) in the world suffering from chronic food deprivation began to rise in 2014 –from 775 million people to 777 million in 2015 – and is now estimated to have increased further, to 815 million in 2016. The stagnation of the global average of the proportion of undernourished (PoU) from 2013 to 2015 is the result of two offsetting changes at the regional level: in Sub-Saharan Africa, the share of undernourished people increased, while there was a continued decline in Asia in the same period. However, in 2016, the PoU increased in most regions except Northern Africa, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. The deterioration was most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-Eastern Asia (FAO 2017a,b).

  4. Pakistan Gets Its First One-Stop Shop for Women Fighting Violence

    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    KARACHI, Dec 10 (IPS) - Sliced noses, broken ribs, fractured fingers, slashed arms, bruised and bloodied faces with teeth missing and eyes swollen... Sana Jawed, 30, has been witnessing these brutalities for over a decade.

  5. “Banging on the Door” - Women Fight for a Voice and Space in Civil Society

    Saturday, December 09, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (IPS) - The space for civil society organizations is shrinking around the world, with particular impacts on women activists and human rights defenders who face additional barriers due to their gender or sexual orientation.

  6. Debate on Glyphosate Use Comes to a Head in Argentina

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Dec 08 (IPS) - In and around the city of Rosario, where most of Argentina's soybean processing plants are concentrated, a local law banned the use of glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide in Argentina. But two weeks later, producers managed to exert enough pressure to obtain a promise that the ban would be overturned.

  7. Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion & Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations?

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world's most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change.

  8. No One Country Can Do It Alone — Towards a Migration Compact

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - International commitment and cooperation is critical to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of migration, stressed a leading official at the conclusion of a UN meeting.

  9. Should Foxes Rule the Chicken Coop? Reflections on Security Council Reform

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    NEW YORK, Dec 08 (IPS) - Since the end of the Cold War, the UN Security Council has dramatically increased its activity and authority. Though the Council has exercised unprecedented global power, it has remained a very insular, secretive and undemocratic body, dominated by its five Permanent Members, armed with their notorious vetoes and benefiting from perpetuity in office.

  10. Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women (Part Two)

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 08 (IPS) - Under pouring rain, hundreds of young and expectant mothers stand in line. With her bare feet and the bottom of her dress covered in mud, Rashida is one of them, clutching her emaciated infant. She lost her husband on the treacherous trek from Myanmar to Bangladesh, and with nowhere to go and her resources exhausted, rain-drenched and standing in this long, muddy line for food and medicine for her child is her only hope.