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Pakistan One of the World’s First Safe Havens for Refugees

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 04 (IPS) - The United Nations has declared that 2015 is already "the deadliest year" for millions of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution in their countries.

U.N. Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda

Monday, August 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 03 (IPS) - After more than two years of intense negotiations, the U.N.'s 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) with 17 goals -- including the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger -- to be reached by 2030.

Churches Seek to Amplify Echo of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Monday, August 03, 2015

GENEVA, Aug 03 (IPS) - The accounts of survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki will serve as inspiration for leaders of Christian churches grouped in the World Council of Churches (WCC), which advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Partnerships Critical to the SDGs, Reducing Inequality

Monday, August 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 03 (IPS) - After two years of negotiations, representatives of the United Nations' 193 member countries have reached agreement on a draft of the ambitious Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global agenda for eradicating poverty while ensuring sustainable growth.

U.N. Panel Spotlights Plight of Refugees

Friday, July 31, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - "Let us remember that behind every story, every figure, every number, there is a person - a girl, a boy, a parent, a family," Anne Christine Eriksson, Acting Director of the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said at a panel discussion at the U.N. on Thursday.

Belo Monte Dam Marks a Before and After for Energy Projects in Brazil

Friday, July 31, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jul 31 (IPS) - Paulo de Oliveira drives a taxi in the northern Brazilian city of Altamira, but only when he is out of work in what he considers his true profession: operator of heavy vehicles like trucks, mixers or tractor loaders.

‘Ambassadors of Freedom’ – Palestine’s Resistance Babies

Friday, July 31, 2015

GAZA CITY, Jul 31 (IPS) - Thirteen-year-old Hula Khadoura sits on a large sofa in her grandfather's home in the neighbourhood of Tuffah, Gaza City, her one-year-old twin brothers Karam and Adam on her lap. "I am so happy they arrived," she beams, holding the babies' feeding bottles in her hands.

Birth Registrations Plummet in Wake of Ebola Epidemic

Thursday, July 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 (IPS) - Liberia's Ebola epidemic may have subsided but the after effects are still being felt, with tens of thousands of infants going unregistered at birth, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF says.

Women, Peace and Security Agenda Still Hitting Glass Ceiling

Thursday, July 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 (IPS) - This October will mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. The landmark resolution on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) recognises not only the disproportionate impact armed conflict has on women, but also the lack of women's involvement in conflict resolution and peace-making.

Opinion: Uneven MDG Progress Must Inspire Resolve to Do Much Better

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ROME, Jul 29 (IPS) - The world received an important report card last month, in the form of the latest annual Millennium Development Goals Report. The report highlights a number of important achievements, but omits mention that some targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were lower than those agreed to at the relevant U.N. international conferences of the 1990s.

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