News headlines in July 2012

  1. Local Producers Worried about Venezuela’s Admission to Mercosur

    CARACAS, Jul 31 (IPS) - After a six-year delay, Venezuela finally became the fifth full member of South America’s main trade bloc, Mercosur, on Tuesday, bringing with it huge oil and natural gas reserves and a market hungry for the abundant agricultural production of its new partners to the south.

  2. Q&A: South Korea Steps Up as Marine Conservation Champion

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - When South Korea picked an oceans theme for the 2012 Yeosu World Expoit became host to the largest marine-themed event in history, with the potential to make a concrete contribution to sustainable development and simultaneously buoy the Korean global image.

  3. UNESCO Protection Crucial – and Controversial

    BANGALORE, Jul 31 (IPS) - It took six years for a dedicated team of scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India, wildlife officials from six Indian states and officials from the federal ministry to secure international protection for one of India’s most precious biological reserves.

  4. Peru Working to Reform Environmental Impact Assessment System

    LIMA, Jul 31 (IPS) - A random review by the Peruvian government of 205 environmental impact assessments approved between 2001 and 2010 revealed that 86 percent lacked complete information on how they had received the green light from the authorities.

  5. Where Are Canada's Missing Native Women?

    TORONTO, Jul 31 (IPS) - First Nations’ leaders are calling on the Canadian government to establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate at least 582 missing and murdered indigenous women and girls - a wish which was not immediately granted by provincial premiers meeting last week.

  6. Teachers’ Strike Does Not Mean Political Liberation for Swaziland

    MBABANE, Jul 31 (IPS) - Swazis should not see the ongoing nationwide one-month teachers’ strike as a movement capable of overthrowing the political regime here, despite the fact that civil servants and nurses have joined the action, according to political analyst Dr. Sikelela Dlamini.

  7. Egypt Opening Doors to Gaza, Slowly

    CAIRO, Jul 31 (IPS) - With the election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as Egypt's first-ever freely elected president, the Gaza file – especially as it pertains to Egypt's border with the besieged enclave – is fast becoming one of the new president's first major foreign policy challenges.

  8. HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - As a follow up to the Rio+20 summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday announced the appointment of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  9. Online Discussion on Prevention of Violence Against Women

    NEW YORK, Jul 31 (IPS) - UN Women , which  has launched an online discussion about violence against women,  is offering a chance to civil society organizations worldwide to provide their views from their own cultures.

  10. Teachers’ Strike Does Not Mean Political Liberation for Swaziland

    MBABANE, Jul 31 (IPS) - Swazis should not see the ongoing nationwide one-month teachers’ strike as a movement capable of overthrowing the political regime here, despite the fact that civil servants and nurses have joined the action, according to political analyst Dr. Sikelela Dlamini.