News headlines in June 2021, page 2

  1. ‘Highest standards of conduct’ required for successful UN peacekeeping

    - UN News

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    Successful peacekeeping requires the “highest standards of conduct” by civilian and uniformed peacekeepers, the UN chief told a High-Level Meeting this week on Strengthening the Conduct of Peacekeeping Personnel. 

  2. Generation Equality: Alongside COVID lies an ‘equally horrific pandemic’ threatening women

    - UN News

    As the world grapples unevenly with the effects of COVID-19, “a parallel and equally horrific pandemic” has threatened half the world’s population, the UN chief said on Tuesday, in the lead up to the Generation Equality Forum in France.

  3. ‘Remain vigilant’ against malicious technologies that could imperil future generations

    - UN News

    With over 4.6 billion internet users around the world, digital advances continue to revolutionize human life, but “we must remain vigilant” in the face of malicious technologies that “could imperil the security of future generations”, the head of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  4. With a Little Help, Local Communities Rack up Record Success with Heritage Rice Grains

    - Inter Press Service

    BHUBANESWAR, India, Jun 29 (IPS) - Madhuri Roy left the famous Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, Assam. She had sought the goddess’s blessings for the safe delivery of her youngest daughter's baby, which was due in a few weeks. Shanty shops lined the temple outside and Roy’s eyes fell on a stack of black rice packets. All through her daughter’s pregnancy she had craved her childhood favourite black rice pudding. But during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown Roy could not procure it even though Meghalaya, her Himalayan home state, grew it.

  5. Malian authorities urged to ‘break the cycle of impunity’ for human rights violations

    - UN News

    Rampant impunity for human rights violations in Mali is posing serious risks for the protection of civilians in the West African country, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. 

  6. Record-breaking ‘pressure-cooker’ heatwave hits Canada, US northwest

    - UN News

    A "pressure-cooker" heatwave that's broken temperature records twice in 48 hours in the US northwest and western Canada is being mirrored across large parts of the northern hemisphere, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.

  7. Hospitals barely functioning, famine still looming in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

    - UN News

    UN humanitarians expressed concern on Tuesday at the uncertain situation in Ethiopia's conflict-ravaged Tigray region despite a ceasefire call from the Government, highlighting the ongoing famine-like conditions there and the potential for disease outbreaks.

  8. The Last Coral Reef Wilderness: the Chagos Archipelago

    - Inter Press Service

    MARYLAND, USA, Jun 29 (IPS) - On the Global Reef Expedition—the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition in history—scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation traveled to the Chagos Archipelago to study some of the most remote coral reefs on Earth.

  9. Myths, Lobbies Block International Tax Cooperation

    - Inter Press Service

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    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 29 (IPS) - Too many have swallowed the myth that lowering corporate income tax (CIT) is necessary to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) for growth. Although contradicted by their own research, this lie has long been promoted by influential international economic institutions.

  10. Acceleration Rights Plan for Gender Equality Mooted at Equality Forum

    - Inter Press Service

    NEW YORK, Jun 28 (IPS) - As the global gathering for gender equality, the Generation Equality Forumkicks off in Paris on June 30, 2020, IPS conducted an exclusive interview with Katja Iversen.

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