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Togo to Lead the Fight against Rural Poverty

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ROME, Feb 15 (IPS) - Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised UN agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

The Algerian Emir Who Set a Protection of Prisoners Code in 1842

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ROME/OXFORD, Feb 15 (IPS) - As far back as the 1830s, Algerian Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy was known for having introduced, among others, rules concerning the humane treatment of prisoners, which developed in 1842 into his Code for the Protection of Prisoners.

St Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Healthy Relationships; Challenging Violence

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LA PAZ, Bolivia, Feb 14 (IPS) - Today, many couples, in many countries will be celebrating Saint Valentine's Day – or ‘El día de los enamorados' (‘Day of Lovers') in some Latin American countries. Whilst a chance to celebrate the spectrum of healthy loving relationships; it is also an important opportunity to highlight a crisis affecting women and girls in every corner of the world - 30% of women will experience physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a current or former partner or husband.

No to Palestinian Peace Envoy: US to UN

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 (IPS) - The failed appointment of former Palestinian-Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as the UN's peace envoy to Libya has shown that divisions over Palestine still run deep at the world body.

Dubai Ruler Warns Against Economic Isolation at Summit Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2017

ROME, Feb 13 (IPS) - Speaking at the opening of the two-day World Government Summit in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said economic openness is a ground reality.

Latin America in the Vanguard of Global Fight Against Hunger

Sunday, February 12, 2017

SANTIAGO/RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 12 (IPS) - A model for fighting against hunger and malnutrition with a global reach which has been successful within and outside the region has spread worldwide, first from Brazil and then from Latin America, notes a distinction given to the current Director-General of FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation), José Graziano da Silva.

New Mandate for LGBTI Rights at the UN

Friday, February 10, 2017

GENEVA, Feb 10 (IPS) - The first-ever independent UN expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Thai lawyer Vivit Muntarbhorn, has already begun the process of open and transparent consultations with individuals, social organizations and States, although some of them still object to the mandate.

Dubai Global Centre of Green Economy in UAE’s Vision 2021

Thursday, February 09, 2017

ROME, Feb 09 (IPS) - When former UN Secretary-General Ban K-moon was in Abu Dhabi for the World Future Energy Summit last year, he singled out the key role played by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in "safeguarding the future of our planet" by showcasing clean, sustainable energy --- a centre piece of the UN's post-2015 development agenda.

Indigenous Peoples Lands Guard 80 Per Cent of World’s Biodiversity

Thursday, February 09, 2017

ROME, Feb 09 (IPS) - They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are over 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture, though the biggest concentration is in Asia and the Pacific– with an estimated 70 per cent. And their traditional lands guard over 80 per cent of the planet's biodiversity.

Innovative Credit Model Holds Out Lifeline to Farmers in Honduras

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

PASO REAL, Honduras, Feb 08 (IPS) - In this village in southern Honduras, in one of the poorest parts of the country, access to credit is limited, the banking sector is not supportive of agriculture, and nature punishes with recurrent extreme droughts.

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