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  1. Is the Fight for Human Rights & Racial Justice Overriding the Coronavirus Risk?

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 02 (IPS) - The deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 372,000 people worldwide, has reinforced the concept of "social distancing" which bars any gathering of over 10 or 20 people – whether at a social event, a wedding, a political rally or even a funeral.

  2. Beyond the Crisis

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC, Jun 02 (IPS) - Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity to build a better world

    Looking back to the start of 2020, the world has changed almost beyond recognition. To protect public health, the global economy was put into stasis. Shops closed, factories were mothballed, and people's freedom of movement was severely curtailed.

    No country has escaped the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Tragically, more than 260,000 people have died and millions have been infected. The IMF is projecting global economic activity to decline on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. It is truly a crisis like no other.

  3. COVID 19 - Conspiracy or Apocalypse? - Part I

    Monday, June 01, 2020

    AMSTERDAM/ROME, Jun 01 (IPS) - As the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly around the globe, so did various theories about what caused the pandemic. According to the standard scientific theory, the virus probably originated in bats and then crossed over to humans, probably via another intermediate host. It then spread rapidly across the globe, piggybacking on the international travel network.

  4. For Love or Land - The Debate about Kenyan Women’s Rights to Matrimonial Property

    Monday, June 01, 2020

    NAIROBI, Jun 01 (IPS) - Less than five percent of all land title deeds in Kenya are held jointly by women and only one percent of land titles are held by women alone. IPS investigates.

  5. Two-thirds of Tropical Forests ‘Under Threat in Next Decade’

    Monday, June 01, 2020

    SÃO PAULO, Brazil, Jun 01 (IPS) - Tropical forests can develop resistance to a warmer climate, but 71 per cent will come under threat in the next decade if global average temperatures reach two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a new study warns.

  6. The Consequential Effects of Covid-19 on the Climate Crisis

    Monday, June 01, 2020

    ACCRA Ghana, Jun 01 (IPS) - The tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated challenges have thrown our world into chaos, with the virus destroying lives and livelihoods in its path.

  7. Young People are Key to a Nicotine-free Future: Five Steps to Stop them Smoking

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 31 (IPS) - Tobacco use kills more than 8 million people each year. Most adult smokers start smoking before the age of 20. This implies that if one can get through adolescence without smokingthe likelihood of being a smoker in adulthood is greatly reduced.

  8. COVID-19 - UN Urges World Leaders to Act Now to Avert 'Unimaginable Devastation'

    Friday, May 29, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - Unless global leaders act now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause unimaginable suffering and devastation around the world, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said yesterday, May 28. He painted a picture of hunger and famine at historic proportions, with some 60 million people pushed into extreme poverty and half the global workforce -- 1.6 billion people -- left without work, and $8.5 trillion in global output lost.

  9. An Appeal to UN’s Budget Committee: It’s no Time to Cut Back on Child Protection

    Friday, May 29, 2020

    NEW YORK, May 29 (IPS) - The United Nations commemorates International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 MayOn February 26 this year, 15 South Sudanese children were released from armed groups and handed over to civilian child protection actors, including UNICEF and UNMISS, UN's peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, who were able to facilitate the children's safe return to their families.

  10. Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls Under Lockdown

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    BEIRUT / GENEVA, May 28 (IPS) - Health systems around the world are prioritising health care services and equipment to treat people diagnosed with Covid-19, which means that many procedures deemed to be elective and non-essential are being suspended or simply not provided. Abortion, for instance, has been categorised as a non-essential health service by some States, while others have removed certain restrictions to accessing abortion.

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