News headlines in September 2020

  1. Trump Pitched his Vision of a Global Order -- at Odds with the UN Charter

    NEW YORK, Sep 23 (IPS) - Abby Maxman, President & CEO of Oxfam America, in a response to President Donald Trump's UN General Debate remarks.

    President Trump took the UN stage to settle scores and shift blame as he sought to spin an alternate version of his administration's response to the pandemic.

  2. Scientists Draw up Guidelines to Help Agri-food Companies Align with 2030 Agenda

    AMURU, Uganda/NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 (IPS) - In Amuru district, 47 kilometres from Gulu town in northwestern Uganda, the Omer Farming Company has proven that it is possible to farm on thousands of acres of land using methods that conserve the environment and its biodiversity.

  3. Bending the Curve on Biodiversity Loss Requires Nothing Less than Transformational Change

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 (IPS) - The UN will be hosting the first-ever Biodiversity Summit – remotely – on September 30.

    A spate of reports on biodiversity – the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystemsthe Living Planet Reportthe Global Forest Resources Assessment Report and the Global Biodiversity Outlook- paint a stark picture for the world's biodiversity.

  4. Africa at the Crossroads: Time to Abandon Failing Green Revolution

    STOCKHOLM, CAMBRIDGE (US), Sep 23 (IPS) - As COVID-19 threatens farming communities across Africa already struggling with climate change, the continent is at a crossroads. Will its people and their governments continue trying to replicate industrial farming models promoted by developed countries? Or will they move boldly into the uncertain future, embracing ecological agriculture?

  5. Looking for Jobs in Latin America - Can the Energy Transition Help?

    VERNON, Canada, Sep 22 (IPS) - Can the "energy transition" in Latin America help address the risks caused by greenhouse gases (GHG) on the climate, and the economic depression caused by the pandemic?

  6. Fighting India's Bonded Labour During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Part 1

    PUNE, India, Sep 22 (IPS) - One of the worst fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the closure of industries in India, which caused thousands of migrant labourers to return home to villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal. In a region where the poorest have always been subjected to bonded labour, child labour and slave trafficking, it has meant revisiting the past.

  7. A Third World War – Which so Many Had Feared — Has Been Avoided, Says UN Chief

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 (IPS) - Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, in a statement marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations

    The ideals of the United Nations – peace, justice, equality and dignity — are beacons to a better world.

    But the Organization we celebrate today emerged only after immense suffering. It took two world wars, millions of deaths and the horrors of the Holocaust for world leaders to commit to international cooperation and the rule of law.

  8. ‘Populist’ Macroeconomic Policy

    BERLIN and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 22 (IPS) - ‘Ethno-populism' has emerged and spread in recent decades in response to the mixed consequences of neoliberal globalization. It appropriates nationalist rhetoric for narrow ethnic, religious, cultural or other communal ends, typically with a chauvinist, jingoist rejection of selected Others as politically expedient.

  9. Central Sahel - Shaping peace together with women and young people Statement for International Peace Day

    NEW YORK, Sep 21 (IPS) - The countries of Central Sahel—Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger—face an unprecedented crisis, marked by violent extremism, forced displacement, and rising insecurity. The sharp increase in armed attacks on communities, health centres, schools and other public institutions and infrastructure has disrupted livelihoods and access to social services. The impact on affected people is devastating.

  10. SDGs: It’s Not Just About Collecting Data, it’s What You Do With it

    AMSTERDAM, Sep 21 (IPS) - The unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 have reminded us that we are an interconnected global community. While this crisis rightly has dominated our attention, we must not lose sight of progress on the broader aims of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.