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  1. The Rohingyas 'Long March to Freedom'

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    ROME, Dec 13 (IPS) - Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on the run for years, fleeing by foot, walking for days at end to seek a safe place for their women and children.

  2. The Journey to Oslo

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    OSLO, Dec 12 (IPS) - On December 10 in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN started as a grassroots campaign in 2007. Its aim was to shift the paradigm of discussion about nuclear weapons from security and deterrence to the environmental and humanitarian effects of nuclear explosions. As the prize demonstrates, ICAN has succeeded brilliantly. But, as ICAN acknowledges, this is still only the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.

  3. Civil Society Summit Calls for International Action on Climate Migration

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 12 (IPS) - Civil society leaders from more than 100 countries called for action on climate-induced displacement at a summit in Suva, Fiji last week.

  4. The Protracted Refugee and Migrant Crisis: A Challenge to Multilateralism

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    GENEVA, Dec 12 (IPS) - It is an incontrovertible fact that more people are on the move owing to globalization. Fifteen percent of the world's population are on the move worldwide. In other words, of the world population of 7 billion, one billion are on the move. Seven hundred and forty million people are referred to as internal or as domestic migrants within their countries of origin. The number of internally displaced persons reaches about 60 million. On top of this, the world has more than 244 million international migrants who cross borders often into the unknown. Lastly, there are 22.5 million refugees – encompassing the 5.3 million Palestinian refugees – registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who have been forced to flee their home societies as a result of violence and armed conflict. The first two decades of the 21st century will go down in history as the era in which the world has witnessed the most complex and massive movement of people since the end of the Second World War.

  5. A Responsibility to Prevent Genocide

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 (IPS) - Almost 70 years since the Genocide Convention was adopted, the international community still faces a continued and growing risk of genocide.

  6. Pakistan Gets Its First One-Stop Shop for Women Fighting Violence

    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    KARACHI, Dec 10 (IPS) - Sliced noses, broken ribs, fractured fingers, slashed arms, bruised and bloodied faces with teeth missing and eyes swollen... Sana Jawed, 30, has been witnessing these brutalities for over a decade.

  7. “Banging on the Door” - Women Fight for a Voice and Space in Civil Society

    Saturday, December 09, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (IPS) - The space for civil society organizations is shrinking around the world, with particular impacts on women activists and human rights defenders who face additional barriers due to their gender or sexual orientation.

  8. Debate on Glyphosate Use Comes to a Head in Argentina

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Dec 08 (IPS) - In and around the city of Rosario, where most of Argentina's soybean processing plants are concentrated, a local law banned the use of glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide in Argentina. But two weeks later, producers managed to exert enough pressure to obtain a promise that the ban would be overturned.

  9. No One Country Can Do It Alone — Towards a Migration Compact

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - International commitment and cooperation is critical to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of migration, stressed a leading official at the conclusion of a UN meeting.

  10. Should Foxes Rule the Chicken Coop? Reflections on Security Council Reform

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    NEW YORK, Dec 08 (IPS) - Since the end of the Cold War, the UN Security Council has dramatically increased its activity and authority. Though the Council has exercised unprecedented global power, it has remained a very insular, secretive and undemocratic body, dominated by its five Permanent Members, armed with their notorious vetoes and benefiting from perpetuity in office.

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