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U.N. Visa Denials Appendage of U.S. Foreign Policy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 15 (IPS) - The United States has rarely, if ever, denied a visa to a head of state seeking to visit the United Nations to address the 193-member General Assembly, the highest policy making body in the organisation.

IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change”

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 14 (IPS) - Greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than anytime during the previous three decades, the world's top climate scientists say, despite a simultaneous strengthening of national legislation around the world aimed at reducing these emissions.

Emerging Nations Opt for Arms Spending Over Development

Monday, April 14, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has relentlessly advocated drastic cuts in global military spending in favour of sustainable development, will be sorely disappointed by the latest findings in a report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

'Sanitation for All' a Rapidly Receding Goal

Saturday, April 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 12 (IPS) - World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate.

Developing Nations Seek U.N. Retaliation on Bank Cancellations

Thursday, April 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 10 (IPS) - The 132-member Group of 77, the largest single coalition of developing nations, has urged Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide, "as soon as possible...alternative options for banking services" in New York City following the mass cancellation of bank accounts of U.N. missions and foreign diplomats.

OP-ED: The World Bank’s Waste of Energy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 10 (IPS) - The World Bank's job is to fight poverty. Key to lifting people out of poverty is access to reliable modern energy. It makes sense.

When Medicines Don't Work Anymore

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GENEVA, Apr 10 (IPS) - The growing crisis of antibiotic resistance is catching the attention of policy-makers, but not at a fast enough rate to tackle it. More diseases are affected by resistance, meaning the bacteria cannot be killed even if different drugs are used on some patients, who then succumb.

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 09 (IPS) - Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.

U.N. Non-Committal over U.S. Visa Refusal to Iranian Envoy

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 08 (IPS) - When New York City was picked as the location for the United Nations many moons ago, the politically-important decision was followed by the 1947 U.S.-U.N. Headquarters Agreement which obligated Washington to facilitate - not hinder - the smooth functioning of the world body.

Criminal Court a U.S.-Israeli 'Red Line' for Palestinians

Monday, April 07, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 07 (IPS) - When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing conflicts and prisoners of war.

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