News headlines in April 2024

  1. Who Should be the Next UN Leader? - PART 4

    - Inter Press Service

    APEX, North Carolina / DUBLIN, Ireland, Apr 18 (IPS) - Is the rough-and-tumble of leading the UN General Assembly a good preparation for the top UN job?

    Maria Fernanda Espinosa served as President of the UN General Assembly from 2018-2019, garnering votes from 128 out of 193 member states. With her victory, she became only the fourth woman—and the first from Latin America—to run this important UN body.

  2. Pandemic experts express concern over avian influenza spread to humans

    - UN News

    The ongoing global spread of “bird flu” infections to mammals including humans is a significant public health concern, senior UN medics said on Thursday, as they announced new measures to tackle airborne diseases.

  3. Better Incentives Needed to Expand Solar Energy in Cuba

    - Inter Press Service

    HAVANA, Apr 17 (IPS) - With a bolder policy and flexible payment mechanisms, perhaps Alexis Rodríguez would have opted for solar panels for his home, instead of the portable generator that has made it possible for him to weather the frequent blackouts caused by Cuba's recurrent energy crises.

  4. Africa Pushing Limits To Boost Renewable Energy Supply Chain, Security Access

    - Inter Press Service

    ABU DHABI, Apr 17 (IPS) - Investors, regulators, researchers, policymakers, and representatives of renewable energy companies, acknowledged the key challenges of shifting away from fossil fuels to renewable energy in Africa when they gathered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week.

  5. ‘Insidious campaign’ by Israel is denying life-saving aid to Gaza says UNRWA chief

    - UN News

    The Commissioner-General of the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) briefed the Security Council in New York on Wednesday as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens, telling ambassadors that life-saving deliveries are being blocked by Israel as part of an "insidious campaign" to push it out of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

  6. Transform landmark Indigenous rights declaration into reality: UN General Assembly President

    - UN News

    Despite important achievements over the past decade to improve the well-being of Indigenous Peoples, safeguard their cultures, and expand their participation at the UN, “deep chasms” endure between commitments made and reality on the ground, the President of the General Assembly said on Wednesday.

  7. Women in Afghanistan: The future ‘depends on them’

    - UN News

    Despite facing formidable challenges, women-owned and run businesses in Afghanistan continue to demonstrate remarkable resilience, serving as vital pillars of economic stability and hope amidst adversity, a new UN report has found.

  8. ‘Insidious campaign’ by Israel is denying life-saving aid to Gaza says UNRWA chief

    - UN News

    The Commissioner-General of the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) briefed the Security Council in New York on Wednesday as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens, telling ambassadors that life-saving deliveries are being blocked by Israel as part of an "insidious campaign" to push it out of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

  9. ‘Investing in youth is investing in peace’, UN Security Council hears

    - UN News

    The UN’s top political and peacebuilding official on Wednesday emphasized the pivotal role of youth in shaping the future of societies, stressing the need to involve them in decision-making on issues ranging from conflict to climate change.

  10. Embrace innovation ‘to make sustainable transport a reality for all’

    - UN News

    Reducing the transport sector’s impact on the environment while improving access to service, especially in developing countries, topped the agenda of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

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