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The Double Burden of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ROME, Nov 23 (IPS) - Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrients deficiencies while 500 million individuals suffer from obesity.

Will Myanmar’s ‘Triple Transition’ Help Eradicate Crushing Poverty?

Friday, November 21, 2014

YANGON, Nov 21 (IPS) - Myanmar is never out of the news for long. This has been the case since a popular uprising challenged military rule in 1988. For over two decades, the country was featured in mainstream media primarily as one unable to cope with its own internal contradictions, a nation crippled by violence.

OP-ED: True Gender Equality for Both Women and Men

Thursday, November 20, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 (IPS) - Numerous international and national efforts have focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The United Nations, for example, has convened four world conferences on women - Beijing in 1995, Nairobi in 1985, Copenhagen in 1980 and Mexico City in 1975 - and Member States have adopted various international agreements, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Depression Casts Cloak of Infertility Over Kashmir Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SRINAGAR, India, Nov 19 (IPS) - It was almost midnight when Mushtaq Margoob woke up to the incessant ringing of his phone. It was his patient, a young woman whom Margoob, a renowned Kashmiri psychiatrist and head of the department of psychiatry at the only psychiatric hospital in Kashmir, had been treating for depression for many years.

U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash

Monday, November 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 (IPS) - The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa.

Ebola Outbreak Affects Key Development Areas in Sierra Leone

Monday, November 17, 2014

FREETOWN, Nov 17 (IPS) - The outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has badly affected the West African country's move towards meeting key development goals. 

25 Years After Rights Convention, Children Still Need More Protection

Friday, November 14, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 (IPS) - Next week marks 25 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a historic commitment to children and the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history.

War-ravaged South Sudan Struggles to Contain AIDS

Friday, November 14, 2014

JUBA, Nov 14 (IPS) - Dressed in a flowered African print kitenge and a blue head scarf, Sabur Samson, 27, sits pensively at the HIV centre at Maridi Civil Hospital in South Sudan's Western Equatoria state. 

U.S. Proposes Major Debt Relief for Ebola-Hit Countries

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (IPS) - The United States proposed Tuesday that the international community write off 100 million dollars in debt owed by West African countries hit hardest by the current Ebola outbreak. The money would be re-invested in health and other public programming.

Ebola and ISIS: A Learning Exchange Between U.N. and Faith-based Organisations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (IPS) - The simultaneity presented by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on one hand and militant barbarism ostensibly in the name of Islam on the other present the international development community - particularly the United Nations and international NGOs – with challenges, as well as opportunities.

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