News headlines in 2020

  1. Restoring Ecosystems After Fire and Flooding: Forget Not the Beneficial Soil Microbes

    ILLINOIS, United States, Oct 01 (IPS) - Recent months have brought all sorts of climate-linked disasters, from raging wildfires in California and Oregon to flooding in Alabama. As we think of the incalculable losses that are associated with these extremities linked to the changing climate, I cannot help but think of the belowground web of life that is burning, being flooded and washed away, affected, or lost.

  2. Covid-19 Deaths: 1 Million and Surging

    NEW YORK, Oct 01 (IPS) - Covid-19 deaths worldwide have surpassed 1 million. With new cases of coronavirus infections rapidly mounting again, the numbers of Covid-19 deaths are feared to surge in the coming months. 

  3. We Need Nature and Biodiversity if We Want a Sustainable Future

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 01 (IPS) - "Investing in nature is investing in a sustainable future," was one of the key messages from yesterday's first-ever United Nations Summit on Biodiversity where world leaders and experts agreed  on the urgency to act swiftly to preserve biodiversity globally. 

  4. The Triple Humanitarian Crisis and Why Kenya Deserves An A + in its Response

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 01 (IPS) - The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Ms Amina Mohammed recently commended "Kenya's exemplary role in its response to COVID-19 and in advancing Agenda 2030".

  5. Water Security in Jordan is Crucial to Maintaining Stability in the Country

    AMMAN, Jordan, Oct 01 (IPS) - Jordan is one of the driest countries in the world, raking the fifth most water-stressed nation in an analysis by the World Resources Institute.

  6. To Achieve Gender Equality Within, the UN Must Do More to Tackle Sexual Harassment

    NEW YORK, Sep 30 (IPS) - In September 2017, Secretary-General António Guterres launched the "System-wide strategy on gender parity", which set the goal of reaching gender parity within the United Nations by 2028 and outlined a strategy on how to achieve this, including the introduction of special measures, senior appointments, targets and accountability, amongst other things.

  7. India: Are the Farm Ordinances Against Farmers’ Interests?

    ANDHRA PRADESH, India / WASHINGTON D.C., Sep 30 (IPS) - Farm policy in India is in its own conundrum. If you ask, "what are the major challenges for increasing farmer income?", any farmer in India would tell us that it is the low remunerative prices for their produces and he or she will add that most of the market margins goes to the middlemen.

  8. To Achieve Progress on Gender Equality, Gender Data Must Be at the Forefront

    Sep 30 (IPS) - New research reveals significant gender data gaps in the Latin America and Caribbean region.In 1995, world leaders gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women and adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This marked a significant turning point for the global agenda for gender equality. This week, a high-level event will take place as part of the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the meeting's 25th anniversary. However, despite ambitious commitments to gender equality, nearly 25 years later, progress still lags far behind.

  9. A 10-Year-Old Commitment to Biodiversity Misses Virtually All of its Targets

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - The coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide and destabilized the global economy, also upended the UN's ambitious socio-economic goals, including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.

  10. From Pledges to Policy and Practice: Moving Nature to the Heart of Decision-Making

    BOGOTA, Colombia, Sep 30 (IPS) - This week, Heads of State and Government from 64 countries announced one of the strongest pledges yet to reverse the loss of biodiversity and nature's contributions to people by 2030. Advancing from powerful pledges to concrete policy and action, however, means that nature must be moved to the heart of global, national and local decision-making. It's time for nature to be reintegrated into everything we do.