News headlines in July 2019, page 3

  1. As SDGs Falter, the UN Turns to the Rich and Famous

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 25 (IPS) - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in trouble. United Nations officials are concerned and say so publicly. Secretary-General António Guterres joined in raising an alarm in mid-July when he introduced the most recent official UN report.

  2. Horn of Africa Drought Threatens Re-run of Famines Past

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 25 (IPS) - Humanitarian groups and the United Nations are warning of another drought in the Horn of Africa, threatening a repeat of the deadly dry spell and famine that claimed lives in Somalia and its neighbours eight years ago.

  3. Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking in Canada

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 25 (IPS) - This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group.

    Human trafficking for sexual exploitation has been steadily increasing in Canada. The most recent statistics indicate that 2016 had the highest recorded rate of human trafficking, with one police-reported incident for every 100,000 people in Canada. Despite these staggering numbers, reported cases make up just a small part of a larger, secretive industry where most incidents of sex trafficking fall under the radar.

  4. Foreign Private Investment in Low-Income Countries: More Important Than You Think

    WASHINGTON DC, Jul 24 (IPS) - Nancy Lee is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) & Asad Sami is a research assistant at the Center for Global Development.

    In a world of stagnating public aid, limited fiscal space, and rising public debt in low-income countries (LICs), can they realistically expect to rely more on private finance from foreigners? What does the evidence suggest?

  5. Malnutrition in Humanitarian Settings

    KAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 24 (IPS) - Rebecca Root is a Reporter and Editorial Associate at Devex.

    As the rain hammers down, Aparo Dorin sits on the damp floor of her one-room hut in zone 12, block 5A, of the Palabek refugee camp in northern Uganda.

  6. Global Aids Fight Running out of Steam, U.N. says

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 (IPS) - The global fight against Aids is floundering amid cash shortfalls and spikes in new HIV infections among marginalised groups in developing regions, Gunilla Carlsson, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)said Tuesday.

  7. Floods Havoc in North Bangladesh

    GUTHAIL, JAMALPUR, Bangladesh, Jul 23 (IPS) - Floods are quite common in Bangladesh - blame it on climate change, the control and discharge of river waters at source or poor disaster management. The damage to property & livestock is colossal.

  8. How Best to Tackle Inequality in the 21st Century? Start with Climate Change

    DUBLIN, Jul 23 (IPS) - Lyndsay Walsh of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, is currently studying for a Master's in development practice, and received her Bachelor's degree in natural sciences with a focus on zoology*

    Do you prefer to hear good news or bad news first? I will begin by giving you the (unsurprisingly) bad news. Today's world is an unequal place. Standards of living vary massively both between and within countries.

  9. Privatization Increases Corruption

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 23 (IPS) - International financial institutions (IFIs) have typically imposed wide-ranging policy reforms – called ‘conditionalities' – in exchange for country governments to secure access to financial assistance.

    While IFIs may demand anti-corruption policies, other IFI policy conditionalities, such as the privatization of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), can create new rentier opportunities, undermining government will and capacity to curb corruption.

  10. The Precipitous Barbarisation of Our Times

    ROME, Jul 23 (IPS) - When all is said and done, it appears that Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century English philosopher who had a dire vision of man, was not totally wrong.

    From the frivolous to the serious, in just a week we have had four items of news which would not happen in a normal world. An English porn beauty with 86,000 followers on social media has put bottles of the water she bathes in on sale at 30 pounds a bottle and has sold several thousand bottles.