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  1. Empowering Women Improves Communities, Ensures Success for Generations

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    ROME, Dec 04 (IPS) - At an event held on October 29 at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gender Awards 2017, five countries were honored for impressive achievements in gender equality and women's empowerment despite harsh conditions and numerous daunting situational and societal obstacles. The five countries are Bangladesh, Mozambique, Colombia, Morocco, and Mauritania. The IFAD supported projects in these countries have ambitious goals for a more egalitarian future. To date these projects have successfully provided women with decision-making opportunities, skill training, and increased autonomy through the development of their own livelihoods.

  2. Are Rising Attacks On Human Rights Defenders The ‘New Normal’?

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 04 (IPS) - At CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance working to strengthen citizen participation, we receive bad news of attacks on compatriots every day.

  3. UN Makes Record Appeal for Humanitarian Aid in 2018

    Saturday, December 02, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 02 (IPS) - The UN has made its largest appeal to work towards reaching the more than 135 million people across the world in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

  4. ‘Sparks of Hope’ in a Time of Fear

    Friday, December 01, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 01 (IPS) - Out of 300 nominations from across the globe, just four have won an innovation award for their commitment to human rights.

    Now in its 12th year, the Nelson Mandala-Graça Machel Innovation Awards seeks to celebrate and promote diverse individuals and organizations for their excellence and bravery in creating social change.

  5. Aid Workers Under Pressure in Calais

    Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Nov 30 (IPS) - It was mid-morning in late June, but the warehouse in Calais was dark, cold, and drafty. I sat on the ground with "Marie," a tall, slim French woman in her early twenties. Bent forward with a look of concentration, she described how the French police are not only harassing the hundreds of migrants in Calais, they are targeting aid workers too. "They put pressure, stopping what we are doing."

  6. “Every Day Is a Nightmare'

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Nov 29 (IPS) - Parul Akhtar,* a Rohingya woman in her mid-twenties, may never wish to remember the homeland she and her children left about three weeks ago.

  7. Combating Climate Change? Combat Land Degradation, Says UNCCD Chief

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 24 (IPS) - Land restoration is not a "glamorous subject even when you give all the numbers," admits Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD). But she also stresses that by 2050, the world population will reach 10 billion. To feed that extra 2.4 billion, current food production would need to be increased by 75 percent.

  8. Financing Will Continue to be Key Issue in Battling Climate Change

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    BONN, Nov 17 (IPS) - "The Bonn climate talks were foundational, paving the way to finalize the rules that underpin the Paris Agreement next year and setting the stage for countries to commit to enhance their national climate plans by 2020. On both counts, the climate talks in Bonn were a success. However, negotiators have plenty of homework to do to get there.

  9. Rejoicing in the Other and Celebrating Diversity Are Needed More than Ever to Address the Root-Causes of Intolerance

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    GENEVA, Nov 16 (IPS) - The Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim deplored the rise of xenophobia, bigotry and marginalization - targeting refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons - that is taking effect in many regions of the world.

  10. Climate Change is Already Upon us & Will Only Worsen in Short Term

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    BONN, Nov 15 (IPS) - It is fitting that this year's conference of parties (on climate change, COP 23) is led by Fiji, a nation on the frontlines.

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