News headlines for “United Nations on Development Issues”

  1. Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Carnage: Quo Vadis?

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - Dr. Purnaka L. ("PL") de Silva is Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta

    "If we believe in absurdities we shall commit atrocities" - Voltaire

    I returned from attending a three-hour Easter Sunday mass at the Fordham University Church around midnight New York time on May 20, 2019, when my phone rang and a colleague asked me what's going on in Sri Lanka? I said what is going on?

  2. Media Landscape Marked by “Climate of Fear”

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (IPS) - Journalists around the world are increasingly seeing threats of violence, detention, and even death simply for doing their job, a new press index found.

  3. UN’s Empty Promises to World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    Apr 19 (IPS) - Tupac Enrique Acosta is a member of the Nahuatl Nation and serves as firekeeper for the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place 22 April 3 May 2019. The theme of the session will be: "Traditional knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection"The United Nations, as in so many other areas, gives lip service in support of Indigenous issues while lacking the political will and enforcement power over individual member states to comply with the protection of fundamental human rights for the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the world.

  4. Empowering Girls Through Sport

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - For too long, women and girls have been excluded from the playing field—literally. But now, many are paving the way in the fight against gender inequality through sports.

  5. Trump’s Veto Will Trigger More US Arms to Kill Civilians in Yemen

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - President Donald Trump's decision to veto a bi-partisan Congressional resolution to end US military involvement in a devastating Saudi-led four-year conflict in Yemen-- is expected to escalate the ongoing war in the trouble-plagued region.

  6. Nicaraguans “Will Not Be Silenced”

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 (IPS) - A year since Nicaragua spiralled into a socio-political crisis, human rights leaders have called on the country to refrain from violence and uphold the human rights of its citizens.

  7. Ancient Rome Offers Lessons on the Importance of Sustainable Development

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Apr 16 (IPS) - Anthony Annett is an assistant to the director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Joshua Lipsky is a senior communications officer in the IMF's Communications Department.

    Sustainable development encapsulates the idea that material progress must always go hand in hand with social inclusion and respect for the environment.

  8. Civil Society Under Attack in Name of Counterterrorism

    Monday, April 15, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 15 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which will be the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and scheduled to take place in Belgrade, April 8-12.

    Counterterrorism measures are not only affecting extremist groups, but are also impacting a crucial sector for peace and security in the world: civil society.

  9. Religion & Development: An Enhanced Approach or a Transaction?

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 12 (IPS) - Dr. Azza Karam is a Senior Advisor at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Coordinator of UN Interagency Task Force on Religion, and Professor on Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

    Since 2008, a number of articles/opinions have been written, on the nexus between religion and development.

    In chronological order, the articles first made the case for why ‘religion matters' to the attainment of developmental objectives, noting how religious leaders are critical to changing social norms which can be in contradiction to human rights, and noting the extent to which faith-based organisations (FBOs) have anyway served as the original social service providers known to human kind.

  10. People Do Not “Deserve to Die”: Injustice of Death Penalty Persists

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 (IPS) - While figures have dropped, the "inhuman" use of the death penalty still remains too common worldwide, a human rights group said.

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