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  1. Coronavirus Worsens Yemen’s Long Tale of Woe

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    SANA’A, Yemen, Mar 26 (IPS) - Abdul Mohammed is a humanitarian worker for Oxfam Yemen In every room in Yemen's Al-Saba'een hospital, patients in critical condition waited on chairs, and still others laid on the bare ground. I saw women and girls sharing beds in pairs, and children laying close together being treated.

  2. What does U.N. Secretary General’s Call for Ceasefire Mean for Countries in Conflict?

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 25 (IPS) - Conflict experts are concerned the the global ceasefire called for by the United Nations amid the coronavirus outbreak may not work and could lead to a rise in violence.

  3. White Supremacists, Yellow Peril & “Chinese Virus” Add to a Volatile Mix

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - When US President Donald Trump repeatedly characterized the fast-spreading COVID-19 as a "Chinese virus" last week, it prompted some white supremacists to resurrect an age old ethnic slur against Chinese and East Asians: the "Yellow Peril" which, in a bygone era, was touted as a xenophobic threat to the Western world.

  4. Could the Coronavirus Be a Biological Weapon in the Not-Too-Distant Future?

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 20 (IPS) - The devastating spread of the deadly coronavirus across every continent-- with the exception of Antarctica-- has triggered a conspiracy theory on social media: what if the virus was really a biological weapon?

  5. Coronavirus & Water Pandemics: Doing the Math

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    HAMILTON, Canada, Mar 19 (IPS) - As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic spreads, guidance on how wash your hands and other measures intensifies.

    These recommendations are important, but they are hardly of value to the 40% of humanity lacking access to even the most basic hand washing requirements — soap and water 1.

  6. Could the Coronavirus Pandemic have been Avoided if the World Listened to Indigenous Leaders?

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 (IPS) - Mina Setra remembers the story clearly. As a Dayak Pompakng indigenous person from Indonesia, when  visitors from the city who came into her community; brought bottled water with them because they were worried about the water not being suitable for drinking. 

  7. Why Rich Countries must Protect Developing Nations from Coronavirus Pandemic

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    BRASTISLAVA, Mar 16 (IPS) - Governments in wealthy, first world countries must not ignore the plight of poorer nations battling the coronavirus or the disease will not be brought under control, global development experts have said.

  8. A Woman Peacebuilder’s Reflections on Beijing+25 & the Generation Equality Forum

    Friday, March 13, 2020

    NEW YORK, Mar 13 (IPS) - Where are the women and youth peacebuilders in the Beijing+25 and the Generation Equality Forum processes?

    Their absence raises serious questions about the effectivity and coherence of the work of the UN on gender equality since armed conflict is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality.

  9. The 2020 NPT Review Conference: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    VIENNA, Mar 12 (IPS) - This year marks the 50th anniversary of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and coincidentally the tenth quinquennial (five yearly) review conference is scheduled to be held at the United Nations in New York from 27 April to 22 May.

  10. UN Reaches 90:90 Gender Parity in Senior Leadership Transforming Organizational Culture

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 11 (IPS) - The United Nations claims it has reached one of its primary goals relating to women's rights in the world body: gender parity at senior levels of management and in the highest echelons of the Organization.

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