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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.

U.N. Chief Seeks Equity in Climate Change Agreement in Paris

Monday, June 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - When the 193-member General Assembly hosted a high level meeting on climate change Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any proposed agreement at an upcoming international conference in Paris in December must uphold the principle of equity.

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.

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.

The U.N. at 70: United Nations Disappoints on Its 70th Anniversary - Part Two

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Jun 25 (IPS) - While member states, weakened in the neoliberal era, have pulled back from the U.N. and cut its budgets, a charity mentality has arisen at the world body. Corporations and the mega-rich have flocked to take advantage of the opportunity. They have looked for a quietly commanding role in the organisation's political process and hoped to shape the institution to their own priorities.

Grenada Rebuilds Barrier Reefs

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves.

Young People Lend a Hand to Trinidad’s Ailing Watersheds

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Jun 23 (IPS) - For a decade, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) of Trinidad and Tobago had been mapping the country's water quality. Five years ago, they started to notice a worrying trend.

Opinion: Pope Francis’ Timely Call to Action on Climate Change

Monday, June 22, 2015

BOSTON, Jun 22 (IPS) - Pope Francis just issued Laudato Si, the first ever encyclical about ecology, which promises to be a highly influential document for years to come. The encyclical, which is the most authoritative teaching document a Pope can issue, delivered a strong message addressing the moral dimension of the severe ecological crisis we have caused with our "throwaway culture" and general disregard for our common home, the Earth.

Opinion: The Oceans Need the Spotlight Now

Monday, June 22, 2015

COLOMBO, Jun 22 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.

U.N. Takes First Step Towards Treaty to Curb Lawlessness in High Seas

Friday, June 19, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - The 193-member General Assembly adopted a resolution Friday aimed at drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

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