News headlines in 2020

  1. Empowering Women in Poor Communities & Building Resilience Against Climate Pressure

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    AHMEDABAD, India, Jan 17 (IPS) - Bijal Brahmbhatt is Director, Mahila Housing TrustAs global temperatures continue to rise, vulnerable populations around the world are facing increasingly complex climate risks – with ongoing droughts in Zimbabwe and floods devastating Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

  2. BIOGAS: Cow Dung Holds the Key to Nepal’s Green Economy

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    KASKI, Nepal, Jan 17 (IPS) - Nepal's future may not be in hydropower, as most assume, but actually in the dung heap. A new industrial-scale biogas plant near Pokhara has proved that livestock and farm waste producing flammable methane gas can replace imported LPG and chemical fertiliser.

  3. Women Activists Escalate Demand for “Bodily Autonomy” as 19 Nations Dissent

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (IPS) - The United States and 18 other UN member states have come under fire for denying a woman's legitimate right to "bodily autonomy"—the right to self-governance over one's own body without coercion or external pressure.

  4. Terror Attack

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 (IPS) - The United Nations Country Team in Kenya is deeply distressed by the rising cases of terrorist attacks on schools, teachers and learners, especially in the north-eastern regions of Kenya. While we stand in solidarity with the affected communities, we reiterate that acts of terror and hate are even more egregious when they target innocent, unarmed civilians including children.

  5. Human Rights Watch Blasts China for Rights Violations at Home and Abroad

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 16 (IPS) - China is currently under heavy scrutiny for its massive human rights violations across different sections, Human Rights Watch (HRW) head Kenneth Roth said on Wednesday. 

  6. Genuine Reform Culture Lacking in Zimbabwe

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    BULAWAYO, Jan 16 (IPS) - Zimbabwe needs urgent economic and political reforms to transform its economy amidst a growing national crisis, researchers say in a new study that urges swift policy changes and a sound financial framework to attract investment.

  7. Climate Change and Financial Risk

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 16 (IPS) - Climate change is already a reality. Ever-more-ferocious cyclones and extended droughts lead to the destruction of infrastructure and the disruption of livelihoods and contribute to mass migration.

  8. Climate Change: A Tale of Weather Extremes with Mixed Fortunes for Zambia

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    LUSAKA and PEMBA DISTRICT, Zambia, Jan 15 (IPS) - It is early Saturday morning and Planeta Hatuleke, a small scale farmer of Pemba District in Southern Zambia, awakens to the comforting sound of rainfall. As the locals say, the "heavens have opened" and it is raining heavily after a prolonged dry spell. 

  9. Is Iraq Now a Virtual “US-Occupied Territory”?

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - Pat Buchanan, a senior advisor to three US Presidents and twice candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, once infamously described the United States Congress as "Israeli-occupied territory" -– apparently because of its unrelentingly blind support for the Jewish state.

  10. In Dealing With Climate Change: Foresight is Key

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    ILLINOIS, United States, Jan 15 (IPS) - United Nations World Food Program recently released 2020 Global Hotspots Report. According to the report, millions of citizens from Sub-Saharan African countries will face hunger in the first half of 2020 for several reasons including conflict, political instability and climate-related events such as below-average rainfall and flooding.