News headlines for “Consumption and Consumerism”

  1. Japan: the Land of the Rising Robots

    Friday, July 13, 2018

    WASHNGTON DC, Jul 13 (IPS) - Todd Schneider is deputy division chief, Gee Hee Hong is an economist, and Anh Van Le is a research assistant, in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department.

    While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the coming decades, it is likely to have an impact on portions of almost all jobs to some degree—depending on the type of work and the tasks involved.

  2. Raising the Profile on the Largest Environmental Issue of Our Time

    Friday, July 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 13 (IPS) - Land degradation caused by human activities is occurring at an alarming rate across the world, and the cost will be steep if no action is taken.

  3. Forests and Marine Resources Continue to Shrink

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    ROME, Jul 12 (IPS) - Deforestation and unsustainable farming are depriving the planet of forests, while destructive practices in fishing are limiting the chance to sustainably manage our oceans.

  4. Agroecology Beats Land and Water Scarcity in Brazil

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    ESPERANÇA/CUMARU, Brazil, Jul 12 (IPS) - "Now we live well," say both Givaldo and Nina dos Santos, after showing visiting farmers their 1.25-hectare farm in Brazil's semi-arid Northeast, which is small but has a great variety of fruit trees, thanks to innovative water and production techniques.

  5. Is Asia Pacific on Track to Meet UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 11 (IPS) - Kaveh Zahedi is Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Three years into the implementation period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is Asia Pacific on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

  6. Youth Skills: Have We Addressed the Need?

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jul 11 (IPS) - Dr. Palitha Kohona is former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations.

    The World Youth Skills Day is being celebrated around the world on 15 July. This day was established on 18 December 2014 by General Assembly resolution A/RES/69/145 which was initiated by Sri Lanka. Following a lengthy consultation process, at the UN and outside, during which some delegations, including some Europeans expressed reservations, the resolution was eventually adopted unanimously. It received solid support from youth delegations from around the world.

  7. Family Planning Is A Human Right

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 11 (IPS) - It has been five decades since the international community affirmed the right to family planning but women still remain unable to enjoy this right, which is increasingly under attack around the world.

  8. Age Appropriate Sexuality Education for Youth Key to National Progress

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 (IPS) - Fifty years ago at the International Conference on Human Rightsfamily planning was affirmed to be a human right. It is therefore apt that the theme for this year's World Population Day is a loud reminder of this fundamental right.

  9. Keep Water Out of the Reach of Children

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    KIGALI, Rwanda, Jul 10 (IPS) - Behailu Shiferaw is communications specialist for WaterAid in the East Africa region.

    To many of us, ‘keep out of the reach of children’ is a phrase we see printed on labels for medicines and chemicals. To mothers in Rweru Sector, Rwanda, it's a daily principle to live by.

  10. Women Are Key to Fixing the Global Food System

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    NEW ORLEANS, United States, Jul 10 (IPS) - Danielle Nierenberg is Founder and President of Food Tank. Emily Payne is a food and agriculture writer based in New York.

    According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organizationwomen make up about 43 percent of the agricultural labor force worldwide, and in some countries they make up 80 percent of all farmers. In addition to tending crops, most women—particularly in the Global South—are also responsible for seed saving, animal husbandry, grain processing, and other tasks related to growing food. This is in addition to cooking, cleaning, and taking care of sick elders and children.

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