News headlines in October 2018

  1. “Governments are Starting to See that Organic Food Policy Works”

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    ROME, Oct 31 (IPS) - Many countries and farmers around the world are not readily making the switch to organic farming. But the small Himalayan mountain state of Sikkim, which borders Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, is the first 100 percent organic farming state in the world. 

  2. Is the United Nations in Kenya Fit For Purpose?

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 (IPS) - The United Nations globally is witnessing some of the most ambitious reforms led by the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres. Most relevant to us in Kenya is the entire reform of the development system and how the UN will adapt to a fast-changing development environment.

  3. Q&A: Ready to Help India Access Climate Finance for a Greener Economy

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    NEW DEHLI, Oct 31 (IPS) - IPS correspondent Stella Paul interviews SHANTANU GOTMARE, Country Head, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), IndiaEven in remote and faraway places such as Andamans and Nicobar and Lakshadweep, islands off the coast of India, the government is keen to provide electricity across the entire country.

  4. North African Countries Need to Protect Their Economies From Illicit Trade

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    NEW YORK, Oct 31 (IPS) - Stefano Betti is Deputy Director-General, The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT), an independent, business-led initiative to mitigate the economic and social damages of illicit trade by strengthening government enforcement mechanisms and integrating supply chain controls across industry sectors.

    Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has been heralded as a model of democratic transition. However, nine governments in the past seven years have been struggling to revive the economy and the North African state faces the difficult task of maintaining faith in democracy amid a lagging economy, rising security challenges, and widespread corruption.

  5. Seychelles Issues World’s First Blue Bond to Fund Fisheries Projects

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    JAKARTA, Oct 31 (IPS) - The Republic of Seychelles announced on Monday that it has issued a 10-year blue bond to finance fisheries projects, making it the world's first country to utilise capital markets for funding the sustainable use of marine resources.

  6. Rwanda Action Plan Aims to Make Cities Green

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    KIGALI, Oct 30 (IPS) - An ambitious programme aimed at developing six green secondary cities in Rwanda is underway and is expected to help this East African country achieve sustainable economic growth through energy efficiency and green job creation.

  7. Why It is Vital for Everyone to Eat Organic

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    ROME, Oct 29 (IPS) - "Organic is the only living solution to climate change," says Vandana Shiva, food and agriculture expert and member of the World Future Council (WFC). Nowadays, favouring the scale up of agroecology – which includes producing organic products – is unfortunately not that simple.

  8. Big Brands Are Fuelling the Business of Nutrition

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Oct 29 (IPS) - Dr Myriam Sidibe is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and is on sabbatical leave from Unilever.

    Jane Nelson directs the Center's Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Food is an increasingly hot topic, no matter if you are rich or poor. Malnutrition – including undernutrition, overweight and obesity – affects 1 in 3 people around the world.

  9. Women’s Climate Leadership More Vital Than Ever In Light Of Climate Change Report

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29 (IPS) - Osprey Orielle Lake is the founder and executive director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International and co-chair of International Advocacy for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. She is the author of the award-winning book Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.   Emily Arasim has served as WECAN International's media and communications coordinator and project assistant since 2014. She is an avid photojournalist, writer and farmer from New Mexico.The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which arrived thunderously in October, concludes that we have only 12 years remaining to transform our energy systems and ways of living to limit the worst effects of climate change.

  10. Canada Takes a Lead Role Funding Reproductive Health, Women's Rights & Sustainable Development

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 29 (IPS) - Canada, which has been described as one of the world's most progressive countries, has legitimized gay rights, vociferously advocated gender empowerment, offered strong support for abortion rights – and recently became the world's first major economy to legalize recreational marijuana.