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  1. Fighting Inequality in Asia and the Pacific

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    BANGKOK, Thailand, May 15 (IPS) - Shamshad Akhtar is the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region's remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor. A gap that's trapping people in poverty and, if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve sustainable development. This is the central challenge heads of state and government will be considering this week at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). A strengthened regional approach to more sustainable, inclusive growth must be this Commission's outcome.

  2. Child Slavery Refuses to Disappear in Latin America

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    RIO DE JANEIRO, May 14 (IPS) - Child labour has been substantially reduced in Latin America, but 5.7 million children below the legal minimum age are still working and a large proportion of them work in precarious, high-risk conditions or are unpaid, which constitute new forms of slave labour.

  3. United Arab Emirates: Entering into a Sustainable Future

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    ROME, May 14 (IPS) -    The end of the oil age In the early 1970's the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was an impoverished desert, with little access to food, water and well-paying jobs. Today, this country looks nothing like it was fifty years ago. Thanks to oil, the UAE has completely transformed and now is one of the most developed economies in the Middle East, if not the world: its per capita GDP is equal to those of highly developed European nations ($68,000 - 2017 est.).

  4. We Need a Gender Shift to save Our Girls from the Jaws of Extremism

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 (IPS) - Ambassador Amina Mohamed EGH, CAV is the Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Government of Kenya and co-chair of High Level Platform for Girls Education. Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.Consider this. Boko Haram, the ISIS-affiliated insurgent group has sent 80 women to their deaths in 2017 alone. The majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children, US study reveals.

  5. Gaza: Avoiding a Greater Blood Bath

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    NEW YORK/GAZA, May 14 (IPS) - Jason Cone is the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in the United States.The exit wounds are fist-size. Bone is pulverized into dust. This is the reality for half of the injured patients received in my organization's clinics since the launch of the Great Return March in Gaza.

  6. Sustainable Food Systems; Why We do Not Need New Recipes

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    ROME, May 14 (IPS) - Many believe that the food and agricultural sector is different to all other economic sectors, that it is unique, and that it requires special economic models to thrive. After all, we expect the global food and agricultural system to respond to many different goals. It needs to deliver abundant, safe, and nutritious food. It needs to create employment in rural areas while protecting forests and wildlife, improving landscapes, and preventing climate change through lower food production emissions. Well-functioning food systems are also considered essential for social stability and conflict prevention. In fact many politicians today go as far as to argue that food systems need to thrive so as to stem rural-to-urban migration and the cross-border flow of desperate people fleeing food insecure nations.

  7. "Green Development Has to Be Equal for All"

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    MANILA, May 14 (IPS) - IPS caught up with Dr. Frank Rijsberman, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), at the end of the flagship side event of the GGGI during the 51st Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila on May 4, 2018, which featured the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its potential to create sustainable infrastructure and promote green growth pathways.

  8. Protests Fuel Harassment of Journalists in Nicaragua

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    MANAGUA, May 11 (IPS) - Assaults on journalists, persecution of press workers' unions, direct censorship and smear campaigns are a high cost that freedom of expression has paid in Nicaragua since demonstrations against the government of Daniel Ortega began in April.

  9. Marielle Franco Was Always There for Us and Now We’re There for Her

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    May 11 (IPS) - Ana Paula Gomes de Oliveira, from the Mothers of Manguinhos movement, an activist group comprised of women who have lost their children to police violenceOn May 14, 2014, my son, Johnatha de Oliveira Lima, was killed by a police officer from the Pacifying Police Unit in Manguinhos, in Rio de Janeiro. Soon after my son's death, I got a phone call from a woman who identified herself as Marielle. I didn't know who she was.

  10. To Have Children or Not: The Importance of Finding a Balance

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, May 11 (IPS) - While the world's population has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, little is still understood about fertility transition and the reasons behind it. Over the last half a century, the global fertility rate has halved, reaching a level of 2.5 births per woman.

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