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UN Chief Focuses on World’s First Humanitarian Summit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (IPS) - As the global humanitarian crisis continues to devastate civilian lives in conflict zones, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the international community to ensure "no-one in conflict, no-one in chronic poverty, and no-one living with the risk of natural hazards and rising sea levels, is left behind."

UN Seeks Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 09 (IPS) - The United Nations says it is determined to end female genital mutilation (FGM) – a ritual practiced mostly in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia and even among some migrant communities in Europe.

After 20 Years, Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Still in Political Limbo

Thursday, February 04, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 04 (IPS) - After nine years in office, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will step down in December perhaps without achieving one of his more ambitious and elusive political goals: ensuring the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

"This year marks 20 years since it has been open for signature," he said last week, pointing out that the recent nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) – the fourth since 2006 -- was "deeply destabilizing for regional security and seriously undermines international non-proliferation efforts."

Europe is disintegrating while its citizens watch indifferent

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Rome, Feb 04 (IPS) - We are witnessing the slow agony of the dream of European integration, disintegrating without a single demonstration occuring anywhere, among its 500 millions of citizens. It is clear that European institutions are in an existential crisis but the debate is only at intergovernmental level.

Small-scale Fishing Is About Much More than Just Subsistence in Chile

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

ALGARROBO, Chile, Feb 03 (IPS) - "Fishing isn't just for making a living, it's also enjoyable," said Pedro Pascual, a 70-year-old fisherman who has been taking his small boat out to sea off Chile's Pacific coast in the early hours of the morning almost every day for the past 50 years, to support his family.

Ebola Recovery Funds Impossible to Track, Says New Study

Monday, February 01, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 01 (IPS) - When the Ebola epidemic devastated three West African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea two years ago – the international community responded with pledges of over $5.8 billion in funds to fight the disease which has killed over 11,300 people.

Core Principals of Climate Finance to Realize the Paris Agreement

Friday, January 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (IPS) - The Paris climate change conference brought together 197 countries and over 150 Heads of State – the largest convening of world leaders in history – to agree on measures and work together to limit the global average temperature rise.

North Korea Momentarily Escapes Sanctions After Fourth Nuclear Test

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) - When the UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea -- immediately following its first nuclear test back in 2006 -- Pyongyang described the punitive measure as "an act of war."

Native Seeds Help Weather Climate Change in El Salvador

Monday, November 30, 2015

JIQUILISCO /SAN MIGUEL, El Salvador, Nov 30 (IPS) - Knife in hand, Domitila Reyes deftly cuts open the leaves covering the cob of corn, which she carefully removes from the plant – a process she carries out over and over all morning long, standing in the middle of a sea of corn, a staple in the diet of El Salvador.

“París Is Not the End of a Climate Change Process but a Beginning”

Friday, November 27, 2015

, Nov 27 (IPS) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says the climate summit in Paris "is not the end of a process but a beginning," and that it will produce "an agreement that, although insufficient with respect to the original goal, shows that people believe it is better to move ahead than to stand still."

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