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Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

Saturday, April 22, 2017

BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua, Apr 22 (IPS) - The effects of climate change have hit Nicaragua's Caribbean coastal regions hard in the last decade and have forced the authorities and local residents to take protection and adaptation measures to address the phenomenon that has gradually undermined their safety and changed their way of life.

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

Friday, April 21, 2017

ROME, Apr 21 (IPS) - A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security.

Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

New Education Model Can “Achieve Much More,” Says Education Envoy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - UN's education envoy has unveiled a new model that could provide every child with access to education by 2030.

Citing concerns about the neglect of children's rights, the Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown urged for more and better finance to ensure every child is in school and learning.

Springing into Action to Fund Ambitious Goals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (IPS) - "I don't have enough money to buy clean water, so I have to come and collect it from the river. I have young twins – a boy and a girl. I know the water is dirty – it often makes them sick but I have no other option." Those are the words of a South Sudanese mother, Latif, who lives by the river Nile in Juba.

Yemen, World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ROME, Apr 19 (IPS) - With 18.8 million people –nearly 3 in 4 inhabitants-- in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the United Nations informs while warning that the two-year war is rapidly pushing the country towards "social, economic and institutional collapse."

“The Ocean Is Not a Dumping Ground”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, Apr 19 (IPS) - An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius's sixth president on June 5, 2015 – and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world.

Typical Cuban Sweet – a Symbol of the Post-Hurricane Challenge to Agriculture

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BARACOA, Cuba, Apr 18 (IPS) - Early in the day, when a gentle dew moistens the ground and vegetation in the mountains of eastern Cuba, street vendor Raulises Ramírez sets up his rustic stand next to the La Farola highway and displays his cone-shaped coconut sweets.

'We Can't Protest So We Pray': Anguish in Amhara During Ethiopia's State of Emergency 

Monday, April 17, 2017

BAHIR DAR, Apr 17 (IPS) - As dawn breaks in Bahir Dar, men prepare boats beside Lake Tana to take to its island monasteries the tourists that are starting to return.

Mind the Treatment Gap

Friday, April 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA AND NEW DELHI, Apr 14 (IPS) - Implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act will require a restructuring of health-care services The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 27, 2017, has been hailed as a momentous reform. According to the Bill, every person will have the right to access mental health care operated or funded by the government; good quality and affordable health care; equality of treatment and protection from inhuman practices; access to legal services; and right to complain against coercion and cruelty. The Bill also empowers a mentally ill person to choose a treatment and her/his nominated representative, decriminalises attempted suicide, prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to mentally ill adults without the use of muscle relaxants and anaesthesia, and contains provisions for care, treatment and rehabilitation for those who have experienced severe stress and attempted suicide. While these are laudable and ambitious objectives as they address major concerns of mental health care, there have been some critiques drawing attention to the lack of funds, trained personnel, and insufficient emphasis on community care. The ground reality, however, suggests that these objectives are not just overambitious but an overkill.

Climate Impact on Caribbean Coral Reefs May Be Mitigated If...

Friday, April 14, 2017

CAHUITA, Costa Rica, Apr 14 (IPS) - A few dozen metres from the Caribbean beach of Puerto Vargas, where you can barely see the white foam of the waves breaking offshore, is the coral reef that is the central figure of the ocean front of the Cahuita National Park in Costa Rica.

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