News headlines for “Geopolitics”

  1. Industrial Energy Efficiency is a Climate Solution

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    VIENNA, Dec 13 (IPS) - At a time when the world is battling unprecedented drought, bushfires, rising sea levels and water shortages, reducing energy use across industry is one powerful way to fight climate change in the immediate term.

  2. Coordinated Global Action Is the Best Way to Control the Fall Armyworm Pest

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    ROME, Dec 11 (IPS) - A new USD 500 million initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is leading the way.

    Dealing with transboundary pests is tricky at the best of times. Standards, practices, capacity levels and engagement vary across countries and regions, and responses are often ad hoc and ineffective.

    However, matters become even more complex when the pest in question flies over borders, threatens the food security and livelihoods of millions, and causes severe environmental and economic damage along the way. Fall Armyworm is such a pest.

  3. Building Momentum to Hold Companies to Account

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Dec 11 (IPS) - Millions of adults and children around the world suffer abuses as workers who obtain raw materials, toil on farms, and make products for the global market. They are at the bottom of global supply chains, for everything from everyday goods like vegetables and seafood to luxury items like jewelry and designer clothing that end up on store shelves worldwide.

  4. Climate Financing Being Undermined by Rich Nations, NGOs Charge

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11 (IPS) - The successful battle against climate change – which has triggered a rash of natural disasters, including floods, droughts and rising sea levels— will be predicated largely on the availability of financing.

  5. Human Rights? But Not for Sanitation Workers

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    LONDON, Dec 10 (IPS) - This year's Human Rights Day advocates for everyone to stand up for their rights and those of others.

    Yet this will feel like a distant reality for the millions of sanitation workers in developing countries who are forced to work in conditions that endanger their health and even their lives.

  6. Human Rights and the Global Protests: Addressing Systems as Well as Symptoms

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    NEW YORK, Dec 10 (IPS) - Human rights advocates should be as concerned with the economic injustices giving rise to recent worldwide demonstrations as with the repressive responses to them. 

  7. Social Summit Demands Stronger Commitments in Climate Talks

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    MADRID, Dec 09 (IPS) - As the COP25 deliberations enter the decisive final week, representatives of environmental and social organisations gathered in a parallel summit are pressing the governments to adopt stronger commitments in the face of a worsening climate emergency.

  8. Fostering Sustainable Urbanization and Mutually Beneficial Rural-Urban Linkages for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Rural and Urban Areas

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    ROME and ACCRA, Dec 09 (IPS) -

    As urbanization continues apace, coupled with rapid population growth and rural to urban migration, the challenges for inclusive rural transformation continue, and the importance of fostering improved rural-urban linkages for better food systems becomes increasingly important.

    According to the UN, by 2050 some 66% of the world's population of 9 billion is expected to live in urban areas. Such rapid urbanization is increasingly shaping the rural space and rural livelihoods (through markets, demand for agricultural goods and labour, migration, and through the provision of services to rural areas). It is therefore critical for the increasing emphasis on urban development to take into account the importance of rural development.

  9. Climate Refugees Refused UN Protection & Denied Rights Under International Law

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    MADRID, Spain, Dec 09 (IPS) - Miles Young is Director of the Social Development Program, Pacific Community (SPC)The term "environmental refugee" has gained prominence in recent years as climate change and desertification have threatened the livelihoods of millions of people, causing many to re-locate.

  10. Children Risk Early Marriage: Climate Change One of the Factors

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (IPS) - Filomena (15), a fisherman's daughter from a village in Nampula Province, Mozambique was married to a 21-year-old from the same village.

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