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  1. Are you a believer?

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Cologne Area, Germany, Oct 12 (IPS) - Heike Kuhn is Head of Division - Human rights; gender equality; inclusion of persons with disabilities at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GermanyDo you believe in God, Allah, Elohim, or do you think that religion is "the opium of the people" as Karl Marx called it in his work "A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right"? Either way, whatever religion you belong to, believe in, practice or do not practice, it is always your personal choice. To be precise: it is a human right.

  2. The Caribbean Reiterates “1.5 Degrees Celsius to Stay Alive”

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    BRIDGETOWN, Oct 12 (IPS) - If there is one lesson that Dominican Reginald Austrie has learnt from the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to his country last September, it is the need for "resilience, resilience, resilience".

    And it is not just because he is his country's minister of agriculture.

  3. Transforming Food Systems for Resilience in Africa & Asia

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct 12 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16.   Nathanial Matthews is Program Director and Deon Nel, CEO of the Global Resilience PartnershipOur food system requires fundamental transformation. Disasters and shocks, from extreme flooding to persistent drought, are occurring more frequently and lasting longer, threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of small farmers across the globe.

  4. Mother Nature Can Help us Deal With Her Water Disasters

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    TOKYO, Japan, Oct 11 (IPS) - Vladimir Smakhtin is Director of the UN University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (UNU-INWEH), supported by the Government of Canada and hosted at McMaster University.Almost every day we hear news about catastrophic flooding or drought somewhere in the world. And many nations and regions are on track for even more extreme water problems within a generation, the latest IPCC report warns.

  5. Sustainable Development Depends on Better Nutrition for All Nations

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    DES MOINES, IOWA, Oct 11 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16.   Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro are World Food Prize Laureates of 2018From cold chains and blockchains - major technological revolutions are on the brink of transforming food systems.

  6. Senegal's Migrant Returnees Become Storytellers

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    DAKAR, Oct 11 (IPS) - Khoudia Ndiaye and Ndeye Fatou Sall set up a smartphone on a tripod to begin recording a video interview with Daro Thiam in Hann Bel-Air, a neighbourhood in Senegal's capital Dakar. Hann Bel-Air is the departure point for many of the migrants who leave the city and country on irregular routes – boats to Spain, crossing the Sahara desert to the Mediterranean Sea, or to countries nearby.

  7. Women as Influencers

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    DAKAR, Oct 11 (IPS) - The Migrants as Messengers awareness-raising campaign (MaM), developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), uses innovative mobile technology to empower migrants to share their experiences and to provide a platform for others to do the same.

  8. When Gender Parity Knocks at the UN Door, Does Merit Fly Out of the Window?

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 11 (IPS) - As gender empowerment gathers momentum, both inside and outside the United Nations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to announce shortly a set of new proposals to improve UN human resources policies-- specifically aimed at increasing gender and geographical diversity within the Secretariat.

  9. Conserving Africa’s Precious Resource Base While Fighting Hunger

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct 10 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16.   Kalongo Chitengi, is Zambia Country Director of Self Help Africa, a Farming First supporter.Rosemary Chate's seven children gather around the table inside their home in Malela, a village in Zambia's remote Northern Province. They dig their spoons into bowls of food prepared by their mother – for the second time that day.

  10. TB Remains World’s Single Largest Infectious Killer, says WHO

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 10 (IPS) - Mandy Slutsker is the policy and advocacy manager for ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership's Secretariat, Washington, D.C. A disease that we know how to prevent, treat, and cure has become the world's leading infectious killer: tuberculosis (TB), an airborne bacterial infection.

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