News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. Peace and stability must be restored in the Middle East and North Africa so as to alleviate poverty

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    GENEVA, Oct 17 (IPS) - On the occasion of the 2017 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim observed that the unprecedented rise of violence and insecurity in the Arab region combined, breed poverty and societal decline.

  2. Strengthening Youth Potential and the Prospects for a Better Future

    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Oct 12 (IPS) - Investing in youth by developing their potential through education, job creation and instilling the values that advance the cause of humanity is the most daunting, yet promising challenge facing world leaders.

  3. Non-violence and lasting peace are key to secure the long-term stability of the Arab region

    Monday, October 02, 2017

    Geneva/Dubai, Oct 02 (IPS) - The Chairman of the Geneva Centre Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim is calling on the international community to address the surge of extremist violence exacerbating the volatile security situation in the Arab region. This appeal was made by Dr. Al Qassim in relation to the commemoration of the 2017 International Day of Non-Violence observed on 2 October 2017.

  4. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Arab Region: Where Do We Stand?

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    GENEVA, Sep 29 (IPS) - Women's empowerment and gender equality should remain a central objective of the world community. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) includes specific provisions to member States of the United Nations – notably through SDG 5 - to commit to enhancing gender equality and to give women a stronger voice in the fight for equality. The Preamble of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for "equal rights" to be enjoyed by "men and women": 69 years later, gender equality has not only been recognised for what it is: a fundamental human right, it is also becoming a guiding principle in the efforts of States to attain the highest ideals of a just and inclusive society and the highest rate of growth.

  5. To Be an Egyptian Migrant in Rome (And Also Make Great Pizza)

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    ROME, Sep 28 (IPS) - "I asked him: do you want to come with us to Greece? He said: ‘Why not?' So my wife and myself packed up and drove to Athens to open our ‘trattoria' there."

  6. Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 (IPS) - Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

  7. What Charities and Relief organizations do to alleviate poverty in the Arab region

    Tuesday, September 05, 2017

    GENEVA, Sep 05 (IPS) - Extreme poverty remains one of the world's biggest challenges. According to the United Nations, 767 million people live in extreme poverty around the world. Although world society has managed to lift nearly 1 billion people out of extreme poverty – in 1999 it was estimated that 1.7 billion were affected by extreme poverty – the unprecedented rise of conflict and of violence in the Arab region has worsened the socioeconomic situation of vulnerable population segments in many countries. On 22 February 2017, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations –Stephen O'Brien – stated to the United Nations Security Council that 67% of the population in Syria is living under conditions considered as extreme poverty. In another Arab country affected by war and conflict – Yemen – the World Bank estimates that poverty affects 62% of the population, whereas the World Bank's estimates this number to be at approximately 22% for Iraq or even as high as 40% in territories controlled by DAESH. Inevitably, conflict and violence have worsened the situation in the Arab region.

  8. 20,000 Civilians Trapped in Raqqa City, Deemed “The Worst Place on Earth”

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (IPS) - The battle to reclaim Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), has raised concerns among top UN officials as at least 20,000 civilians remain trapped under heavy fire in the city. Last week Monday, 42 civilians, including 12 women and 19 children, were killed in an air attack, according to the AP.

  9. Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia in Fight Against Rapists Impunity

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    ROME, Aug 23 (IPS) - The top United Nations human rights official hailed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that used to allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims.

  10. Jordan Abolishes Law Allowing Rapists to Avoid Prosecution

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - In just three weeks time, two Arab countries adopted major steps to combat violence against women, with Jordan abolishing a law allowing rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims, while Tunisia adopting its first national law to prevent gender-based violence and provide support to survivors.

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