News headlines in September 2015

  1. U.S. 100th Member State to Join Nuke Terrorism Treaty

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - A 1997 movie titled "The Peacemaker" –partly shot outside the United Nations – dramatised the story of a Yugoslav terrorist who acquires a backpack-sized nuclear weapon, gone missing after a train wreck in rural Russia, and brings it to New York to detonate it outside U.N. headquarters.

  2. Men Start to Make Women’s Struggles Their Own in Argentina

    Sep 30 (IPS) - The meeting was about gender equality, but for once there were more men than women. It marked a watershed in the struggle in Argentina to make the commitment to equality more than just "a women's thing."

  3. Human Rights Activists Condemn Houthi Militia's Atrocities Against Women in Yemen

    Geneva, Sep 30 (IPS) - (WAM) -- Arab and Yemeni human rights activist monitoring the civil war in Yemen say that women have been subjected to grave human right violations at the hands of the rebel Houthi militia and an allied insurgent group under the command of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

  4. Learning from Korea’s ‘Saemaul Undong’ to Achieve SDGs

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - More than 3.3 billion people live in rural areas around the world. Rural development is therefore of vital significance if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – "a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity" – is to become reality.

  5. Opinion: Renewed Optimism or Higgledy-Piggledy Vision?

    Philadelphia and Boston, Sep 30 (IPS) - The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the whopping 169 targets were adopted in the largest ever United Nations Summit, attended by Prime Ministers, Presidents and the Pope, among other luminaries, in New York. These goals encompass world peace, the environment, gender equality, elimination of poverty and hunger and much, much more.

  6. Anti-gay Sentiment Arises During the U.N. General Assembly

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights during a High-Level Core Group event on Sep. 29, noting his experiences in working with governments to eliminate LGBTI-discriminatory policies.

  7. Opinion: The Party's Over for U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - The Pope has left the U.N. and the traffic in Manhattan is back to normal. The hoard of government delegations, NGOs and civil society representatives are packing up and the press is moving on. The party's over for the Sustainable Development Goals.

  8. Africa Must Depend Less on Development Aid, Says New Study

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 29 (IPS) - As the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their targeted date by the end of December, one of the lingering questions has long remained unanswered – at least, until now.

  9. Electoral Revolution in Brazil Aimed at Neutralising Corporate Influence

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 29 (IPS) - From now on, elections in Brazil will be more democratic, without corporate interference, which had become decisive and corruptive. A Sep. 17 Supreme Court ruling declared unconstitutional articles of the elections act that allow corporate donations to election campaigns.

  10. Solar Power Slowly Making Inroads into Mideast and Africa

    DUBAI, Sep 29 (IPS) - To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East.