News headlines for “United Nations on Development Issues”

Deteriorating Protection of Journalists’ Sources a Global Problem

Thursday, May 05, 2016

HELSINKI, May 05 (IPS) - The freedom of the press is a universally cherished democratic right, but what may have been overlooked as the World Day Freedom of Information was celebrated on Wednesday is that the ability of journalists to protect their source is increasingly coming under attack by authorities.

Farmers Hold Keys to Ending Poverty, Hunger, FAO Says

Thursday, May 05, 2016

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, May 05 (IPS) - With recent data showing that 793 million people still go to bed hungry, ending hunger and poverty in 15 years is the next development challenge that world leaders have set for themselves.

Is the System Broke or Broken?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 04 (IPS) - Though the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit may seem timely, it brings up many questions about the world humanitarian system; is it broke or broken?

World Celebrates 250 Years Since First Freedom of Information Act

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

HELSINKI, May 04 (IPS) - Press freedom is not just a beautiful idea but a very concrete thing, included in the UN's Sustainable Development agenda which is meant to lead the humankind to sustainable development, UNESCO's director general, Irina Bokova, said at the opening of the World Press Freedom Day here Tuesday.

Can the UN Security Council Stop Hospitals Being Targets in War?

Friday, April 29, 2016

, Apr 29 (IPS) - Hospitals, health care workers and patients in war zones are supposed to be protected under international humanitarian law yet recent attacks from Syria to Afghanistan suggest that they have become targets.

UN Predicts 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030

Thursday, April 28, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 (IPS) - Ten presidents and prime ministers from around the world will work together to resolve the growing global water crisis amid warnings that the world may face a 40 percent shortfall in water availability by 2030.

Why the world needs a UN leader who stands up for human rights

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 (IPS) - Last August, Balla Hadji, a 61-year-old truck driver in Bangui in the Central African Republic, was having breakfast with his wife when they heard shots outside. He ran out to call his daughter inside, but troops were already there, and shot him in the back as he ran away. His 16-year-old son, Souleimane, was also shot when he ran towards his father. Balla died on the spot, his son Souleimane the next day.

The Hypocrisy of the West and Fiscal Paradise

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ROME, Apr 27 (IPS) - The publication of the Panama Papers has now been digested, like any scandal, after just a few days. We are now getting so accustomed to scandals, that it is confusing, and the general public reaction often is: all are corrupt and politics is all about corruption.

Choose Humanity: Make the Impossible Choice Possible!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

UN, New York, Apr 27 (IPS) - We have arrived at the point of no return. At this very moment the world is witnessing the highest level of humanitarian needs since World War Two. We are experiencing a human catastrophe on a titanic scale: 125 million in dire need of assistance, over 60 million people forcibly displaced, and 218 million people affected by disasters each year for the past two decades.

G-77 Should Adopt South-South Climate Change Program of Action: Ambassador Djoghlaf

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 (IPS) - The 134 members of the Group of 77 and China (G-77) made their mark on the Paris Climate Change Agreement and should now adopt a program of action to implement it, Ambassador Ahmed Djoghlaf told IPS in a recent interview.

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