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  1. Towards a Resource Efficient and Pollution Free Asia-Pacific

    Monday, September 04, 2017

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Sep 04 (IPS) - Senior government officials from across Asia and the Pacific will meet in Bangkok this week for the first-ever Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment. The high-level meeting is co-convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and UN Environment and is a unique opportunity for the region's environment leaders to discuss how they can work together towards a resource efficient and pollution-free Asia-Pacific.

  2. Once Decimated by AIDS, Zimbabwe’s Khoisan Tribe Embraces Treatment

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    TSHOLOTSHO, Zimbabwe, Aug 31 (IPS) - Sixty-seven-year-old Hloniphani Sidingo gives a broad smile while popping out through the gate of a clinic in her village, as she heads home clutching containers of anti-retroviral pills.

  3. 2017 World Water Week: ‘Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - With a growing global population, a rise in energy and industrial production, the demand for water is reaching new levels.

  4. Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, is Now Legally Binding

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - The Minamata Convention -- a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force August 16.

  5. Why Breastfeeding Is One of the “Smartest Investments” for All Countries

    Tuesday, August 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 08 (IPS) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released new findings on the economic gains—besides the obvious health benefits—of breastfeeding.

  6. World Still Lagging on Indigenous Rights 10 Years After Historic Declaration, UN Experts Warn

    Monday, August 07, 2017

    GENEVA / NEW YORK, Aug 07 (IPS) - The world's indigenous peoples still face huge challenges a decade after the adoption of an historic declaration on their rights, a group of United Nations experts and specialist bodies has warned. Speaking ahead of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, the group says States must put words into action to end discrimination, exclusion and lack of protection illustrated by the worsening murder rate of human rights defenders.

  7. Zaatari Camp Marks Fifth Year With 80,000 Refugees

    Tuesday, August 01, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 01 (IPS) - Jordan's Zaatari camp, which opened in 2012 as a makeshift camp to house Syrian refugees fleeing the war, marked its fifth year on June 28.

  8. Has Disability Risen among the Elderly?

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Jul 31 (IPS) - The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 (or RPD Act) is laudable in its intent and procedural detail, but mostly silent on disabilities among the elderly. Indeed, for this reason alone, it is arguable that its overarching goal—"The appropriate Government shall ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy the right to equality, life with dignity and respect for his or her integrity equally with others" —is mere rhetoric, if not a pipe dream.

  9. Last Mile Connectivity to Bangladesh’s Impoverished North

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    DHAKA, Jul 31 (IPS) - Life for Bangladesh's rural people, particularly in its remote north, is still miserable. Seasonal flooding, river erosion, and the low quality of rural infrastructure and lack of connectivity have made things harder for poor northerners.

  10. US Lags Far Behind in Banning Dental Health Hazard

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - The United States is lagging far behind its Western allies – and perhaps most of the key developing countries – in refusing to act decisively to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry.

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