News headlines in October 2020

  1. The United Nations, 75 Years Young: Engaging Youth Social Entrepreneurs to Accelerate the SDGs

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct 26 (IPS) - Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.This year, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary – a milestone of extraordinary economic and social progress in Asia and the Pacific. While the Organization enjoys a lifespan almost equal to the world's improved average life expectancy, the future lies with those who have recently embarked on theirs: our young people.

  2. Reaching Remote Women Through Inclusive Technology

    NEW YORK, Oct 26 (IPS) - The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the way people value working from home, career building, and their overall approach to utilising downtime.

    It has blurred out the lines between hobby, casual reading, and how time is spent away from work.

  3. Not in Our Name, Never in Our Name: A Conversation with Muslim Faith Leaders Echoing the Wisdom of a Pontiff

    NEW YORK, Oct 26 (IPS) - As the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb said on October 20: As a Muslim and being the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, I declare before Almighty God that I disassociate myself, the rulings of the religion of Islam, and the teachings of the Prophet of Mercy, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), from such heinous terrorist act and from whoever would embrace such deviant, false thought.

  4. Q&A: Why are Stillbirths still Societal Taboo?

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 (IPS) - Societal taboo and a lack of understanding about stillbirth  can cause the issue to be neglected among health practitioners, according to Dr. Danzhen You, a senior adviser on Data and Analytics at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

  5. Can Agroecology Feed the World?

    ROME, Oct 23 (IPS) - Producing food and ensuring nutrition security, protecting the environment and restoring biodiversity, building sustainable and fair food systems: That's the promise of agroecology.

  6. Rising above the Hate Online – Indian Muslim Women Speak Out

    NEW DELHI, India, Oct 23 (IPS) - When a minority woman with an opinion doesn't comply with stereotypes, she is targeted with online hate, says award-winning journalist and senior editor at The WireArfa Khanum Sherwani in an exclusive interview with Inter Press Service.

  7. Budgeting for a Better Future, for Every Child

    NEW YORK, Oct 23 (IPS) - Joanne Bosworth is Chief of Public Finance and Local Governance at UNICEF.

    Jennifer Asman is Public Finance Policy Specialist at UNICEF.2020 has not turned out as planned. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact populations around the world, governments have been forced to take a fresh look at their spending and how to meet additional costs of pandemic response as they expect a fall in revenue. Budget information has become even more critical.

  8. COMMENTARY: The Sinatra Doctrine Confronts a Global Consensus

    SEATTLE, Oct 23 (IPS) - By late September, the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States had claimed 200,000 lives. That's equivalent to a slightly higher toll than the 418,500 United States deaths in World War II, adjusted for relative population and duration.

  9. Living with Drought: Lessons from Brazil's Semiarid Region

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 23 (IPS) - No one died of hunger during the worst drought in Brazil's semiarid ecoregion, between 2011 and 2018, in sharp contrast to the past when scarce rainfall caused deaths, looting, a mass exodus to the South and bloody conflicts.

  10. Capture of CO2 and Hydrogen as Part of Latin America's Energy Future

    MEXICO CITY, Oct 22 (IPS) - While struggling to increase the generation and consumption of renewable energy, Latin America is beginning to see the rise of new technologies, such as the capture and storage of carbon and hydrogen from fossil fuels or wind and solar energy.