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  1. One of the World’s Most Dangerous PIaces For Aid Workers

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) - I will travel to the Central African Republic early next week to spend United Nations Day with a peacekeeping operation in order to pay tribute to peacekeepers across the world.

  2. An Inequality Beyond Wealth: Gaps in Women’s Health

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (IPS) - While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women's access to sexual and reproductive health.

  3. US Withdrawal from UNESCO: Abandonment of Principles

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, Oct 18 (IPS) - A woman shopkeeper is standing on a plastic chair to avoid knee high swirling rainwater mixed with sewage. "I work with a women's cooperative selling products made by Palestinian women in my shop. The sewage water has gone into the electric wires, so I have no electricity. Everything in the shop is destroyed. The metal door installed to protect the settlers prevents the water from flowing out into the main drain. . . . This means we suffer every time it rains. They want us to move from here. This is why they make our life hard," she cries.

  4. To Eliminate Poverty, Better Understanding Needed

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (IPS) - As the United Nations' Second Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) comes to an end, more self-congratulation is likely. Claims of victory in the war against poverty will be backed by recently released poverty estimates from the World Bank, entrusted by the UN system to monitor poverty.

  5. What Do You Really Eat When You Order a Steak, Fish or Chicken Filet?

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    ROME, Oct 18 (IPS) - The world is running out of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned while announcing the World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 13-19 November.

  6. Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Oct 18 (IPS) - The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the United States and Europe and doubts in the international scenario about the environmental impact of these fuels based on agricultural products.

  7. Ending Poverty in Next 13 years Means Boosting Resilience Now

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - This month the world marks two key International Days: for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October and for Disaster Reduction, four days earlier. It is no coincidence that they are profoundly connected.

  8. Press Freedom Groups Condemn U.S. Withdrawal from UNESCO

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - Civil society groups have called on the United States to reverse its decision to withdraw from a UN body, citing concerns for press freedom and journalists' safety.

  9. Women: Major Drivers & Beneficiaries of Poverty Eradication

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by the United Nations General Assembly. Under the theme "Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies," this year's commemoration reminds us of the importance of inequality, dignity, solidarity and equal voice in the fight to end poverty everywhere.

  10. New Villages Bloom in the Shadow of a Mountain’s Wrath

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    MEDAN, Indonesia, Oct 17 (IPS) - Repeated volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung since 2010 have displaced thousands of people, leaving villages around the mountain deserted, with volcanic ash, lava and mud covering the soil, trees and empty houses.

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