News headlines in 2018

  1. Countries are Using Domestic Laws to Criminalize Health Care

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    GENEVA, Jun 21 (IPS) - Dr. Dainius Pūras is UN Special Rapporteur on "the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health".Ambulance drivers attacked, nurses detained, doctors tortured, pharmacists arrested, dentists facing more than a decade in prison—all for delivering healthcare to people considered enemies of the state.

  2. Ukraine Puts Water Strategy High on Development Agenda

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    KIEV, Jun 21 (IPS) - A campaign to raise awareness of water security in Ukraine could be an inspiration around the world, activists behind it say, after it forced a change in the country's approach to its water resources.

  3. Looking to the Sky for Solutions to Mexico's Water Scarcity

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    MEXICO CITY, Jun 20 (IPS) - Twenty-five years ago, Mexican engineer Gustavo Rodriguez decided to collect rainwater to solve the scarcity of water in his home and contribute to the care of natural resources.

  4. EU Funds Giant Research Project on Migration

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    OSLO, Jun 20 (IPS) - What is the relationship between migration and development? And why do people choose to leave or stay in their home countries? Those are among the questions an international research project will explore.

  5. Three Countries Protect Half the World’s New Refugees

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    OSLO, Norway, Jun 20 (IPS) - Jan Egeland is Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief CoordinatorTurkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution.

  6. Project Population: Addressing Asia’s Ageing Societies

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 (IPS) - While populations have seen and undergone changes since the beginning of time, one trend in particular is unfolding across the world: less children, older people. In an effort to tackle the complex issue in Asia, government officials are convening to help create a sustainable society where no one is left behind.

  7. Food Sustainability, Migration, Nutrition and Women

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    ROME, Jun 19 (IPS) - Enrique Yeves is Director of Communications, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsWe worry about how we can continue to put food on our tables; and yet one-third of food is never eaten, instead being lost or wasted.

    We worry about eating properly, and yet in many countries , poor nutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies are increasingly common. This trend is taking place in the Americas, Oceania, Asia, Africa and in Europe.

  8. 2.5 Million Migrants Smuggled Worldwide, Many Via Social Media

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled worldwide in 2016, generating an income for smugglers which ranged between $5.5 billion and $7.0 billion, according to a newly published report "2018 Global Study On Smuggling Of Migrants" by the Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

  9. Closing Africa’s Wealth Gap

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - Kingsley Ighobor, Africa Renewal* From "Africa Reeling" to "Africa Rising," there's a new narrative for the African continent, now showing promising signs of sustainable growth under more stable governments.

    McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, predicts that Africa's combined GDP will be $2.6 trillion by 2020 and that "Africa's consumer spending by 128 million households with discretionary income is expected to be around $1.4 trillion."

  10. Sustainable Land Management, the Formula to Combat Desertification

    Monday, June 18, 2018

    MIDDLE OF THE WORLD CITY, Ecuador, Jun 18 (IPS) - Sustainable land management (SLM) and conservation are the recipes that with different ingredients represent the basis for combating soil degradation, participants in the event to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD)agreed on Jun. 17 in Ecuador.