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UN “Profoundly Sorry” for Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Friday, December 02, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 02 (IPS) - For the first time, the United Nations issued a formal apology for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and announced new steps to alleviate the ongoing health crisis.

Ending AIDS Needs Both Prevention and a Cure

Thursday, December 01, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 01 (IPS) - Eighteen million people, just slightly under half of the people living with HIV and AIDS globally, are now taking life-saving medication, but global efforts to end the disease still largely depend on prevention.

Debate Roils India Over Family Planning Method

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NEW DELHI, Nov 29 (IPS) - The Indian government's decision to make injectable contraceptives available to the public for free under the national family planning programme (FPP) has stirred debate about women's choices in the world's largest democracy and second most populous country.

Why Kenya's Engagement with the UN Is a Big Deal

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 (IPS) - President Uhuru Kenyatta warmly welcomed dozens of U.N Agencies, development partners and senior Government officials to the State House on 02 November 2016 to discuss the joint development plan from 2014 – 2018.

Actions Needed Urgently to Tackle Air Pollution - Part 2

Monday, November 14, 2016

PENANG, Nov 14 (IPS) - As evidence mounts on the threats posed by air pollution to both human health and the environment, action must be urgently taken to address this problem.  

Air Pollution Emerges as a Top Killer Globally - Part 1

Friday, November 11, 2016

PENANG, Nov 11 (IPS) - New research is showing that air pollution is a powerful if silent killer, causing 6.5 million worldwide deaths as well as being the major cause of climate change.   

Beyond Calais: A Perspective on Migration, Agriculture and Rural Development

Monday, November 07, 2016

ROME, Nov 07 (IPS) - Migration is part of the process of development. It is not a problem in itself, and could, in fact, offer a solution to a number of matters. Migrants can make a positive and profound contribution to the economic and social development of their countries of origin, transit and destination alike. To quote the New York Declaration, adopted at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants on 19 September, "migrants can help to respond to demographic trends, labour shortages and other challenges in host societies, and add fresh skills and dynamism to the latter's economies".

The Perils of Writing about Toilets in India

Sunday, November 06, 2016

NEW YORK, Nov 06 (IPS) - Journalist Stella Paul was midway through an interview about toilets when she found herself, and the women she was speaking to, under attack from four angry men.

World to Cut Gas Emissions by 25 Percent More Than Paris Agreement

Friday, November 04, 2016

ROME, Nov 04 (IPS) - On the eve of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement today Nov. 4, the United Nations sounded new climate alarm, urging the world to ‘dramatically' step up its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions by some 25 per cent more.

Wonder Woman: Not the Hero the UN Needs

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

WASHINGTON DC, Nov 02 (IPS) - For those of us who ever feel conflicted about the United Nations, the past month has been an exercise in managing absurd cognitive dissonance. First, on October 21 2016, the United Nations announced that the 1940s comic book heroine, Wonder Woman would be its new mascot for promoting the empowerment of women and girls.

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