Monday, October 17, 2016
QUITO, Oct 17 (IPS) - Urban development ministers, mayors from all over the world, city planners, architects and municipal authorities, civil society and private sector will meet in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, for Habitat III, the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (17-20 October, 2016), to adopt the New Urban Agenda as well as to strategize and agree on its implementation.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
NEW YORK, Oct 15 (IPS) - Of the world's 2.3 billion children 14 percent - or 320 million - are living in single-parent households, most often headed by single mothers. Those children aged 0 to 17 years and their single mothers and single fathers face special challenges, including economic hardships, social stigma and personal difficulties, that require society's attention and assistance.
Friday, October 14, 2016
NAIROBI, Oct 14 (IPS) - Two years ago at the 31st African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, heads of state and government endorsed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) programme on agriculture and climate change with the bold vision of at least 25 million smallholder households practicing Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) by 2025.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
EL PATO, Argentina, Oct 13 (IPS) - Her seven children have grown up, but she now takes care of a young grandson while working in her organic vegetable garden in El Pato, south of the city of Buenos Aires. Olga Campos wants for them what she wasn't able to achieve: an education to forge a different future.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
MASVINGO, Zimbabwe, Oct 12 (IPS) - Elizabeth Mpofu is a fighter. She is one of a select group of farmers who equate food security with the war against hunger and shun poor agricultural practices which destroy the environment and impoverish farmers, especially women.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
LONDON, Oct 12 (IPS) - A recent study supported by the government of Finland has found widespread misconceptions regarding what drives people to join Islamist militant groups like Boko Haram.
Monday, October 10, 2016
PORTO VELHO, Brazil, Oct 10 (IPS) - The construction of mega-hydropower plants in Brazil has been a tragedy for thousands of families that have been displaced, and a nightmare for the companies that have to relocate them as required by local law.
Friday, October 07, 2016
CALUCO, El Salvador, Oct 07 (IPS) - A basketball court in this small town in western El Salvador was turned overnight into a shelter for some two dozen families forced to flee their homes after a recent escalation of gang violence.
Friday, September 30, 2016
ATLANTA, Georgia, Sep 30 (IPS) - London's Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames is famously known as the "Ladies Bridge," for it was built largely by women during the height of World War II. On another continent, women fighting a different war have built an equally remarkable structure: a 3,300-meter anti-salt dyke constructed by a women's association in Senegal to reclaim land affected by rising levels of salt water.
Friday, September 23, 2016
MEXICO CITY, Sep 23 (IPS) - People living in neighborhoods affected by the expansion of urban construction suffer a "double displacement", with changes in their habitat and the driving up of prices in the area, in a process in which "we are not taken into account," said Natalia Lara, a member of an assembly of local residents in the south of Mexico City.
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