News headlines in 2018

  1. New Science Shows Climate-Smart Farming is Within Reach

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 12 (IPS) - Godefroy Grosjean is Asia Climate Policy Hub Leader, International Center for Tropical AgricultureUntil the United Nations climate talks in Bonn last year, no clear plan to include agriculture in climate negotiations existed.

    This was troubling, considering agriculture contributes 19-29% of global greenhouse gases, and changing temperatures are making it harder to farm. This is having an increasingly prominent effect on food security -- hunger levels have now risen for the third year in a row.

  2. Political Commitment Key to Health for All

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 (IPS) - One of my proudest accomplishments as the former UN secretary-general was playing a part in the ambitious global agenda for sustainable development (SDGs), including the goal of universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030.

  3. Bamboo — the Magic Bullet to Rapid Carbon Sequestration?

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 12 (IPS) - As thousands of environmental technocrats, policy makers and academics work round the clock to come up with strategies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change at the United Nations' conference in Katowice, Poland, one scientist is asking Parties to consider massive bamboo farming as a simple but rapid way of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

  4. Time to Follow EU’s Lead & Step Up Climate Action with 2050 Plans

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    NEW YORK, Dec 12 (IPS) - Manish Bapna is Executive Vice President and Managing Director at the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Stephen Gold is the Global Lead, Climate Change, at UN Development Programme (UNDP)As climate negotiators, experts and activists are gathering in Katowice, Poland, for the international climate talks, much of the focus will be on immediate issues. Laying down the ground rules of the 2015 Paris Agreement and wrapping up the first global review of countries' progress to date are high on the agenda.

  5. Radio Migration - the Station with a Different Message about Migration

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 11 (IPS) - The topic of migration has been beaming across the airwaves of Marrakech, Morocco, to bring light to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration conference (GCM) and all its myriad components.

  6. “No to the pact of Marrakech!”

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    MARRAKECH, Dec 11 (IPS) - At the same time more than 160 countries adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), on the streets of Marrakech pro-migration groups and activists gathered in the city centre to chant: "No to the pact of Marrakech!"

  7. A Migrant Turned Saviour of Others

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 11 (IPS) - Seven years ago, when Cameroon began experiencing inter-regional conflict, Armand Loughy, a 55-year old Cameroonian psychiatrist, strapped her youngest child on her back and with her five other children embarked on the dangerous Journey from Cameroon towards Rabat, Morocco's capital. They fled the deteriorating security situation in Cameroon, looking for a better life.

  8. AI to map Chinese strikes

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    COPENHAGEN, Dec 11 (IPS) - 29 years ago, Han Dongfang survived the hail of bullets at Tiananmen Square. Now, he lives in Hong Kong and maps Chinese labour market strikes. Arbetet Global caught up with him at the ITUC World Congress in Copenhagen.

  9. Migration and the Economy—an Inseparable Pairing

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 11 (IPS) - On the streets of Casablanca there is only one thought on the mind of Ibrahima, a young Senegalese migrant.

  10. Undermining Human Rights of Women Trapped In Sex Trade

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    NEW YORK, Dec 11 (IPS) - Jessica Neuwirth is founder of Donor Direct Action, an international organization which partners with women's groups working to end commercial sexual exploitation on the front lines around the world. Seventy years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was signed in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Following two devastating world wars the United Nations General Assembly set out a brand new vision of human rights that the world could agree on going forward. It is still the benchmark by which most modern-day human rights organisations live.