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Despite Scepticism, U.N. Hails Its Anti-Poverty Programme

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - The United Nations, which launched one of its most ambitious anti-poverty development programmes back in 2000, has hailed it as a riveting success story – despite shortcomings.

Opinion: Love & Mercy, the Croatian Way

Monday, July 06, 2015

NEW YORK, Jul 06 (IPS) - Last week, I went to see the new flick "Love & Mercy," about the life of Brian Wilson, a singer, songwriter, and the genius behind The Beach Boys. I hadn't heard much about the film. In fact, I was expecting a summer movie about surfing and fun; The Beach Boys playing Kokomo, Good Vibrations, and Surfin' U.S.A. on sunny California  beaches.

Toilets with Piped Music for Rich, Open Defecation on Rail Tracks for Poor

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - As most developing nations fall short of meeting their goals on sanitation, the world's poorest countries have been lagging far behind, according to a new U.N. report released here.

Cuba: Blazing a Trail in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - In 2013, an estimated 240,000 children were born with HIV. This was an improvement from 2009, when 400,000 babies tested positive for the infection, but still a far cry from the global target of reducing total child infections to 40,000 by 2015.

U.S. Urged to Ramp up Aid for Agent Orange Clean-Up Efforts in Vietnam

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jun 29 (IPS) - A key senator and a D.C.-based think tank are calling for Washington to step up its aid in cleaning up toxic herbicides sprayed by the United States in Vietnam during the war that ended 40 years ago.

Donors Pledge Over 4.4 Billion Dollars to Nepal - But With a Caveat

Friday, June 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - Blessed with more than 4.4 billion dollars in pledges at an international donor conference in Kathmandu on Thursday, the government of Nepal is expected to launch a massive reconstruction project to rebuild the earthquake-devastated South Asian nation.

Helping People with Disabilities Become Agents of Change

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Participation, political and economic empowerment, inclusion, accessible technology and infrastructure as well as indicators for meaningful implementation are among the key issues persons with disabilities want to see reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Heat Wave Picking Off Pakistan’s Urban Poor

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KARACHI, Jun 25 (IPS) - Over 950 people have perished in just five days. The morgues, already filled to capacity, are piling up with bodies, and in over-crowded hospitals the threat of further deaths hangs in the air.

Women’s Groups Say Gender Equality is a Must for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - On the eve of negotiations on the political declaration for the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Women's Major Group (WMG) calls on governments to define a transformative agenda to ensure just, sustainable and rights-based development.

Costa Rican Women Try to Pull Legal Therapeutic Abortion Out of Limbo

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SAN JOSE, Jun 24 (IPS) - The lack of clear regulations and guidelines on therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica means women depend on the interpretation of doctors with regard to the circumstances under which the procedure can be legally practiced.

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