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  1. South Florida's Underserved Refugee Communities

    Friday, March 22, 2019

    MIAMI, Mar 22 (IPS) - South Florida has long been known as a haven for refugees and migrants. Widely referred to as the "gateway to Latin America", 1 in every 5 Florida residents is an immigrant. Significantly, the "sunshine state" welcomes 1,000 new settlers every day.

  2. The System, the Youth and Democracy

    Friday, March 22, 2019

    ROME, Mar 22 (IPS) - If we ever needed a proof, to see how the political system has become self referent, and unable to update itself, the last student march, in more than 1.000 towns, is a very good example. Of course, politicians referred to it in declarations, , and the President of the European Community, an old political fox with a lot of mileage, Juncker, even kissed the hand of Grreta Thunber ( a totally demagogic gesture). But however this unprecedented youth manifestation has given life to a new initiative on climate change. We are lucky that Greta's Asperger syndrome of GRETA, , brings little empathy and more determination, so is totally improbable that she will be co-opted by flattery and recognition …

  3. Belt and Road Initiative vs Washington Consensus

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 19 (IPS) - With the Washington Consensus from the 1980s being challenged, President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and China pursuing its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), most notably with its own initiatives such as the multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the political and economic landscape in East Asia continues to evolve. Jomo Kwame Sundaram was interviewed about likely implications for developing countries in the region and beyond.

  4. Closing the Gender Gap: The Economic Benefits of Bringing more Women into the Labour Force

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Mar 19 (IPS) - Era Dabla-Norris is a division chief in the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department, and Kalpana Kochhar is director of the IMF's Human Resources Department.As girls, we were raised with the belief that we could accomplish anything, and that no barrier was insurmountable. Yet, for so many women, the reality doesn't quite meet their aspirations. Things weren't exactly equal in the relatively conservative middle-class society in India where we both grew up.

  5. Climate Change: a Threat to Agriculture Undermining UN’s Goal to Eradicate Hunger

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 (IPS) - The United Nations has vowed to eradicate extreme hunger and malnutrition on a self-imposed deadline of 2030.

    But it is facing a harsh realty where human-induced climate change – including flash floods, droughts, heatwaves, typhoons and landslides-- is increasingly threatening agriculture, which also provides livelihoods for over 40 per cent of the global population.

  6. Fighting the World’s Largest Criminal Industry: Modern Slavery

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 (IPS) - Modern slavery and human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries and one of the biggest human rights crises today, United Nations and government officials said.

  7. It’s Simple, but Requires Determination

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Mar 18 (IPS) - Monika Weber-Fahr, is Executive Secretary of Global Water PartnershipI am drafting this on International Women's Day - March 8 - with an eye towards World Water Day on March 22. On International Women's Day we celebrate progress in gender equality. At the same time, we recognize how much remains to be done: how many women remain excluded from decision-making across many professions. Changing this is urgent. Water – clean and accessible – is getting scarcer at an alarming rate. While working to change this, we cannot afford to exclude women.

  8. Seven Challenges for US Nominee for World Bank President

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Mar 18 (IPS) - Masood Ahmed is President of the Washington-based Centre for Global Development (CGD) & former Vice President, Poverty Reduction & Economic Management, at the World Bank All incoming World Bank presidents bring a public record of their views about the bank and about development more generally. David Malpass, who is on track to become the bank's next presidenthas not been shy in criticizing the role and management of the institution he now plans to lead.

  9. Helping St. Vincent’s Fishers Maintain an Essential Industry in a Changing Climate

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    KINGSTOWN, Mar 14 (IPS) - From an influx of sargassum in near-shore waters, to fish venturing further out to sea to find cooler, more oxygenated water, fishers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are battling the vagaries of climate change. The country is doing what it can to respond.

  10. Tobacco Industry Targets Women in Asia

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 14 (IPS) - Wendell Balderas is Media & Communications Manager & Mary Assunta is Senior Policy Advisor, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)*

    International Women's Day on 8 March recognized and celebrated the progress women are making globally. The day also acknowledged the risks, exploitation and suffering many continue to endure.

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