News headlines in October 2019

  1. Trump Poised to Withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 18 (IPS) - KINGSTON REIF is director of disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association and SHANNON BUGOS, research assistant.The Trump administration is reportedly on the verge of withdrawing from the 1992 Open Skies Treatyaccording to lawmakers and media reports. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, first sounded the public alarm in an Oct. 7 letter to National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien.

  2. Religious Leaders’ Plea to Member States: Honour Your Commitment to the UN

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    MOSCOW, JERUSALEM/BEIRUT/NEW DELHI/TOKYO, Oct 18 (IPS) - The authors are religious leaders and members of Religions for Peace, representing several faiths, including Christian/Orthodox, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and BuddhismOn the 8th of October, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the organisation is running out of money by the end of October - "member States have paid only 70 percent of the total amount needed for regular budget".

  3. Africa’s Investment Drive Gathers Pace

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    ROME, Oct 18 (IPS) - Headwinds are blowing amid IMF warnings of a "synchronised slowdown" in global economic growth, yet Africa's investment drive is still gathering pace, supported by intense international competition in development finance.

  4. Tuberculosis Infections Declining, But Not Fast Enough Among Poor, Marginalised: UN Health Agency

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease.

  5. Governments, Donors and Investors Must Put Their Money Where Their Mouths are on Gender and Climate Change

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    NAIROBI, Oct 17 (IPS) - Climate change has a disproportionate impact on women and girls. This is clear when it comes to water, for instance. The Global Commission on Adaptation Report launched at the United Nations General Assembly last week states that the number of people who may lack sufficient water, at least one month per year, will soar from 3.6 billion today to more than 5 billion by 2050.

  6. Beaten and Tortured for a Ransom, Lured by the Promise of a Livelihood

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    DHAKA, Oct 17 (IPS) - After his father passed away two years ago, the burden of caring for a six-member family rested on the shoulders of the now 19-year-old Farhad Hossain. He had no clue how he would support his family and pay for the education of his four younger siblings. 

  7. UN’s 75th Anniversary Shadowed by Right-Wing Nationalism, Widespread Authoritarianism & Budgetary Cuts

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - When the six much-ballyhooed high-level UN meetings concluded late September, there were mixed feelings about the final outcomes.

    And civil society organizations (CSOs), who were mostly disappointed with the results, are now gearing themselves for two upcoming key climate summit meetings: COP25 in Santiago, Chile in December and COP26 in Glasgow, UK in late 2020, along with the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Women's Conference scheduled to take place in September 2020 in New York.

  8. Ghana's Grains and Groundnuts Face Increasing Contamination Amid Increasing Temperatures

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    BONO EAST REGION, Ghana, Oct 16 (IPS) - Adwoa Frimpomaah, a smallholder farmer from Dandwa, a farming community in Nkoranza, in Ghana's Bono East Region, and her two children have been consuming insect-infested and discoloured grains produced from their three-acre farm.

  9. Holding Transnational Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    GENEVA / LAGOS, Oct 16 (IPS) - In Geneva this week, a treaty process is underway that promises to usher in a new era for human rights around the globe.

    The process—the intergovernmental working group on the binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights—could mean that for the first time, human rights would be prioritized above corporate profits.

  10. Let Plants be Thy Medicine - You Are What You Eat

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    ILLINOIS, United States / ABUJA, Oct 16 (IPS) - United Nations World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16 under the theme: "Our Actions ARE Our Future. Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World". This theme is timely, especially, because across Africa and around the world, there has been a gradual rise in malnutrition and diet-related non communicable diseases, as highlighted in The Lancet study and a United Nations Report published earlier this year.