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Billions Pledged for Nepal Reconstruction – But Still No Debt Relief

Friday, June 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - A major donor conference in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, came to a close on Jun. 25 with foreign governments and aid agencies pledging three billion dollars in post-reconstruction funds to the struggling South Asian nation.

Helping People with Disabilities Become Agents of Change

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Participation, political and economic empowerment, inclusion, accessible technology and infrastructure as well as indicators for meaningful implementation are among the key issues persons with disabilities want to see reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Journalists Pay the Price in Egypt's Crackdown on Dissent

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Jun 25 (IPS) - The Egyptian government is holding a record number of journalists in jail, a press freedom group said Thursday, despite promises to improve media freedoms in the country.

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.

Security Council Action on Gaza War Crimes a Non-Starter

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - When a U.N. panel released a 217-page report accusing both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes committed during the 50-day conflict in Gaza last July, the chances of Security Council action were remote because of the traditional U.S. commitment to stand by Israel – right or wrong, mostly wrong.

Women’s Groups Say Gender Equality is a Must for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - On the eve of negotiations on the political declaration for the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Women's Major Group (WMG) calls on governments to define a transformative agenda to ensure just, sustainable and rights-based development.

Costa Rican Women Try to Pull Legal Therapeutic Abortion Out of Limbo

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SAN JOSE, Jun 24 (IPS) - The lack of clear regulations and guidelines on therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica means women depend on the interpretation of doctors with regard to the circumstances under which the procedure can be legally practiced.

Opinion: Torgersen Has Died, but His Case Won't Lie Down

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

OSLO, Jun 24 (IPS) - When he died at the age of 80 on Jun. 18 in Oslo, Fredrik Fasting Torgersen had divided Norway for 56 years and the "Torgersen case" had attracted international interest in forensic science circles, among them the U.S.-based Innocence Project.

Corporate Interests Dominate Lobbying With EU Policy-Makers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LONDON, Jun 24 (IPS) - The overwhelming majority of lobby meetings held by European Commissioners and their closest advisors are with representatives of corporate interests, according to an analysis published Jun. 24 by Transparency International (TI).

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