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  1. The Emergence of a Global Voice for Hansen’s Disease Affected Persons

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 10 (IPS) - The Global Forum of People's Organisations on Hansen's Disease, which was attended by members of people's organisations from 23 different countries, wrapped up in Manila, Philippines, today Sept. 10 after four days of discussion and deliberation.

    The main outcome was a set of recommendations, which included participants stating that those affected by the disease should have more inclusive roles in the global campaign against leprosy.

  2. Vaping Fad Boosts Dangerous Nicotine Addiction

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 10 (IPS) - Smoking-related diseases are the major causes of premature death worldwide. Every year, six million smoking-related deaths are reported worldwide. If current smoking trends persist, 8 million deaths can be expected by 2030, of which four-fifths will occur in lower- and middle-income countries.

  3. Fairer Fashion Begins with Better Access to Water & Toilets For Workers in Clothing Supply Chains

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    HONG KONG, Sep 10 (IPS) - Last year, WaterAid and HSBC launched a programme that delivers essential water, sanitation and hygiene services (known collectively as WASH) to apparel factories and nearby worker communities in Bangladesh and India.

  4. 'Join Me on this Journey' to Eliminate Leprosy - WHO Ambassador

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 10 (IPS) - YOHEI SASAKAWA, World Health Organization's (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and chairperson of The Nippon Foundation, speaks to IPS correspondent Stella Paul about his decades long campaign to achieve zero leprosy and eliminate stigmatisation of those affected.

    Octogenarian Yohei Sasakawa has travelled to more than 90 countries across the globe; from areas of conflict, to the jungles of Brazil, shaking hands, hugging and washing the feet of Hansen's disease-affected people. His message is simple: Stop stigmatisation and eliminate the disease.

  5. India Promotes South-South Cooperation, but Key Questions Unaddressed

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Sep 10 (IPS) - At his speech at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) summit in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised South-South cooperation and technology solutions, but issues of land ownership dog the ongoing negotiations.

  6. Eritrea Tops Watchlist of World’s Most-Censored Countries

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 10 (IPS) - Eritrea has the world's highest levels of censorship and the most active government in jailing reporters and stifling newspapers, radio and television, a study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) watchdog says.

  7. The Costs of Heightened Conflict in the Himalayas

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Sep 10 (IPS) - As a series of conflicts in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region come into sharp focus, sidelining local populations, the long-term environmental costs may leave the region degraded, poor and desperate.

  8. Awareness Should be the Priority in Public Health Efforts against Leprosy

    Monday, September 09, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 09 (IPS) - Increasing awareness of the continuing existence of Hansen's Disease (leprosy) is critical to sustaining effective public health efforts against the disease, eliminating the social stigma associated with it, and halting its transmission.

  9. Farm Workers Paying the Prize for Cheap South African Wine

    Monday, September 09, 2019

    SOUTH AFRICA, Sep 09 (IPS) - Systembolaget, the Swedish government-owned alcohol monopoly, promises fair conditions – but it also uses its purchasing power to put a downward pressure on prices. At the major South African wine producer Leeuwenkuil, workers suffer as the company tries to cut costs. So far, none of the South African suppliers have been stopped due to violations against Systembolaget's code of conduct.

  10. Civil Society Urges Inclusive, Resilient & Sustainable Urban Areas of the Future

    Monday, September 09, 2019

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, USA, Sep 09 (IPS) - The United Nations held its first major international conference in one of America's mountain states, bringing scores of civil society organizations (CSOs) to discuss ways on making "cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030."

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