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  1. 'I Can't Breathe!' Australia Must Look in the Mirror to See our Own Deaths in Custody

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Jun 03 (IPS) - I can't breathe, please! Let me up, please! I can't breathe! I can't breathe!

    These words are not the words of George Floyd or Eric Garner. They weren't uttered on the streets of Minneapolis or New York. These are the final words of a 26-year-old Dunghutti man who died in a prison in south-eastern Sydney.

  2. The Curious Case of Covid-19 in Africa

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jun 03 (IPS) - Eunice G. Kamwendo is an Economist and Strategic Advisor with UNDP Africa in New York. Chaltu Daniel Kalbessa is a UNDP Fellow and Strategic Analyst with UNDP Africa in New York.With very weak health systems and overall capacity constraints to effectively respond to the deadly coronavirus disease, Africa's fate against the invisible enemy, was going to be nothing short of catastrophic according to early predictions. Although Africa is yet to reach its peak, many countries are not seeing the exponential growth in case numbers, or in mortality rates as seen in other regions of the world. So far, the continent has the lowest mortality rates with higher recovery rates globally.

  3. World Comes Together with $1.35 billion for Yemen

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 03 (IPS) - World leaders gathered on Tuesday to pledge $1.35 billion in aid for Yemen, which currently undergoing what many is the world's "worst humanitarian crisis", with Saudi Arabia announcing a contribution of $500 million. 

  4. WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    Jun 03 (IPS) - My name is Emma, I'm 10 years old, and I live in Canada. I am sharing this video with you, today, because I learned at school that my future – the future of all children – will be determined by what we do together today.

  5. How the Great Lockdown Saved Lives

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    Jun 03 (IPS) - Since the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, the disease has spread to more than 200 countries and territories. In the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, governments worldwide have responded by implementing unprecedented containment and mitigation measures—the Great Lockdown. This in turn has resulted in large short-term economic losses, and a decline in global economic activity not seen since the Great Depression. Did it work?

  6. How to Transform UN’s Environmental Goals into a People’s Agenda for Africa

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

    BRANDENBURG, Germany, Jun 03 (IPS) - The UN will commemorate World Environment Day 2020 on Friday June 5The COVID-19 insurgence has highlighted the need for multilateral cooperation among sustainability stakeholders. As the journey towards achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is fraught with imminent global challenges, global environmental leaders agree that now is the time to act collectively for nature, leaving no one behind.

  7. Prioritising Life or the Economy Will Determine the Post-Pandemic Focus in Urban Areas

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 02 (IPS) - The first priority in the COVID-19 pandemic was to save lives, in an effort to avoid even more devastating economic losses if strict lockdown and isolation were not put in place.

  8. The Pandemic Underlines America’s Ingrained Racism

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jun 02 (IPS) - The murder of George Floyd by a police officer in broad daylight came amid a high point in the continuing rampage of the coronavirus throughout the country, killing over 100,000 and infecting nearly 2 million while more than 45 million have lost their jobs.

  9. As Minneapolis Burns, Trump's Presidency is Sinking Deeper into Crisis. And yet, he may still be Re-elected

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    MELBOURNE, Australia, Jun 02 (IPS) - Violence has erupted across several US cities after the death of a black man, George Floyd, who was shown on video gasping for breath as a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck. The unrest poses serious challenges for President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden as each man readies his campaign for the November 3 election.

  10. This Year of Living Dangerously

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Jun 02 (IPS) - Indonesia's founding President Sukarno delivered his annual Independence or National Day address on 17 August 1964 anticipating the forthcoming year as Tahun vivere pericolosothe ‘year of living dangerously'. 2020 may well be the world's turn, and not only due to the obvious Covid-19 threat to the world.

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