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President of UN General Assembly Continues Push for Openness, Transparency

Friday, July 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 29 (IPS) - The President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, has helped spearhead a push for a more open and transparent selection process for the next UN Secretary-General.

The Human Rights Council adopts the Declaration on the Right to Peace

Friday, July 29, 2016

GENEVA, Jul 29 (IPS) - On 1 July 2016, the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations in Geneva adopted a Declaration on the Right to Peace by a majority of its Member States. It is the result of three years of work with all stakeholders led by Costa Rica, through its Ambassador Christian Guillermet-Fernández.

Colombia Includes Gender Focus for a Stable, Lasting Peace

Friday, July 29, 2016

HAVANA, Jul 29 (IPS) - The novel inclusion of a gender perspective in the talks that led to a historic peace deal between the Colombian government and left-wing guerrillas is a landmark and an inspiration for efforts to solve other armed conflicts in the world, according to the director of U.N.-Women in Colombia, Belén Sanz.

US Government Report Exposes Exaggerated TPPA Growth Claims

Thursday, July 28, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 28 (IPS) - A US government agency acknowledges that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not deliver many economic benefits promised by its cheerleaders. The 2016 report by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) acknowledges that the TPP will not deliver many gains claimed by the US Trade Representative (USTR) and the Peterson Institute of International Economics (PIIE) although it uses similar methodology and assumes that the TPP will not change the US trade deficit as a share of GDP.

Climate Victims – Every Second, One Person Is Displaced by Disaster

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ROME, Jul 27 (IPS) - Climate change and related extreme weather events have devastated the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of most vulnerable people worldwide-- by far exceeding the total of all the unfortunate and unjustifiable victims of all terrorist attacks combined. However, the unstoppable climate crisis receives just a tiny fraction of mainstream media attention. See these dramatic facts.

400 Million People Live with Hepatitis But They Do Not Know

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ROME, Jul 26 (IPS) - With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B or C, mostly without being aware, the United Nations top health agency encourages countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need to combat the 'ignored perils' of this disease.

Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘Critical’ to Combat Climate Change

Monday, July 25, 2016

ROME, Jul 25 (IPS) - No longer it is about restoring the legitimate rights of over 370 indigenous peoples spread across 70 countries worldwide, many of them living in dire situation, but now about their central, critical role in combating climate change.

​Indian Climate Activist Ponders the 'Unthinkable'

Monday, July 25, 2016

TAIPEI, Jul 25 (IPS) - For acclaimed Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh, the future of humankind as global warming impact events spread worldwide looks grim. So grim that the 60-year-old pamphleteer has titled his new book of three climate-related essays "The Great Derangement."

Beyond Rhetoric: UN Member States Start Work on Global Goals

Friday, July 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 22 (IPS) - UN member states "are going beyond rhetoric and earnestly working to achieve real progress" towards the Sustainable Goals, the members of the Group of 77 and China said in a ministerial statement delivered here on 18 July.

There is No Honour in Killing

Friday, July 22, 2016

, Jul 22 (IPS) - "Honour" is a paradoxical word. Initially, it draws to mind characteristics of integrity and dignity combined with an all-knowing air of greatness.

However, tradition has conditioned many men into the association of being "honourable" with an assertion of superiority over their female counterparts.

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