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  1. COVID-19 - Possible Human Rights Crisis in Asia as Disparities Expected to Widen

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 17 (IPS) - The negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be felt long after the COVID-19 health risk is resolved, a high-level meeting under the auspices of the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA), heard.

  2. Accessibility of Vaccines & Commitment to Ceasefire - Priority Focuses for 75th UNGA

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - Key focuses of the upcoming 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Week will be the accessibility of vaccines and a renewed plea for a global ceasefire. "I will make a strong appeal to the international community to mobilise all efforts for the global ceasefire to become a reality by the end of the year," U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. 

  3. Leveraging Research for Solution-driven Policymaking in the Era of COVID-19

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Sep 16 (IPS) - The United Nations has tasked the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) to lead the research roadmap to identify priorities that will support an equitable global socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 within the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the world grapples with the impacts of COVID-19, identifying the research agenda and partnering with academic institutions and think tanks have become more essential than ever before.

  4. Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children

    DUBLIN, Sep 16 (IPS) - Exclusive to IPS

    The impacts of crises are never gender-neutral and COVID-19 is no exception. The pandemic has resulted in increased rates of violence against women and has exacerbated challenges in accessing justice. Women are losing their livelihoods faster than men.

  5. Syria’s Children Remain at Immense Threat of Rape and Recruitment by Army: Report

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 16 (IPS) - Children in Syria are facing the brutal brunt of the ongoing civil war in the country, now rendered further paralysed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and United States sanctions.

    At the Sept. 15 launch of the report investigating human rights violations in Syria by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, experts warned that in addition to the already ongoing conflict, "newer forms of violence" was on the rise.

  6. COVID-19 Worsens Mozambique’s Hunger - Part 1

    CHOKWE, Mozambique, Sep 15 (IPS) - High fuel prices and transportation costs isolated Mozambique's farmers from one of their biggest markets while the country's growing debt and economic crisis strained the budgets of many. But restrictions imposed by President Filipe Nyusi's government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened food security as farmers have been unable to get their produce to market. This is the first in a two-part series. Like many Mozambicans in the agricultural sector, 39-year-old Fatima Matavele, a commercial farmer in the district of Chokwe, some 213 kilometres north of the capital, Maputo, has had a tough year. Although the last few years have been hard, 2020 has proven to be the most difficult of all.

  7. Maritime Security in Asia-Pacific Region Under Threat

    YOKOSUKA CITY, Japan, Sep 15 (IPS) - Maritime security in Asia Pacific is often viewed through a traditional security lens, where the main responsibility falls on maritime law enforcement agencies to protect maritime borders and territorial sovereignty.

  8. INTERVIEW: the top diplomat shepherding the General Assembly through its 75th year

    NEW YORK, Sep 14 (IPS) - The Turkish diplomat elected to be the president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, is taking on the role as the Organization grapples with an unprecedented pandemic, and questions surrounding the future direction it should take.

  9. The Debt the Government Does Not Want to Recognize

    MEXICO CITY, Sep 11 (IPS) - The national occupation and employment survey prepared by INEGI, with figures updated to July 2020, shows an improvement that has occurred in the last two months. However, the employment situation, compared with the data existing before the pandemic still shows serious problems:

  10. No ‘Business as Usual’ for Children Post-COVID-19, say Laureates & Leaders

    MBABANE, Sep 11 (IPS) - Addressing delegates at the end of the virtual 3rd Fair Share for Children Summit, 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi told global citizens that "business as usual" in dealing with COVID-19 is not going to be tolerated.

    "We're not going to accept the miseries of child labour and trafficking to continue to be normal," he said.

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