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  1. Asia-Pacific Response to COVID-19 and Climate Emergency Must Build a Resilient and Sustainable Future

    Wednesday, April 08, 2020

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 08 (IPS) - The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people's lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific.

    Countries in our region are striving to mitigate the massive socioeconomic impact of the pandemic, which is also expected to affect the region's economic health. In its annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020 launched today, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)expectsgrowth in Asia-Pacific developing economies to slow down significantly this year.

  2. Green Counter-Revolution in Africa?

    Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 07 (IPS) - In 2006, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation jointly launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The African Green Revolution Forum claims AGRA is the "world's most important and impactful forum for African agriculture".

  3. Reimagining Farming Post-Covid Pandemic

    Monday, April 06, 2020

    ROME, Apr 06 (IPS) - Together with medical services and transportation, farming and food production have been correctly identified as 'essential services' by all countries under lockdown.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has not yet made a dent in the food supply and so far, there are no reports of shortage of essential food and agricultural goods.

    All cities and towns are actively coordinating with government agencies, farms, businesses and transport companies to maintain the supply chain and ensure full availability of food for the population,

  4. Human Rights and Compassion Must Guide Enforcement of COVID-19 Mitigation

    Monday, April 06, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 06 (IPS) - Covid-19 infections continue to rise, bringing normal life to a virtualstandstill and causing countries to shut themselves off from the rest of the world.

  5. Growing Youth Activism for Environmental Protection in Africa

    Monday, April 06, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 06 (IPS) - The mining sector in Africa is facing radical change as youth activists take action against the environmental degradation caused by mining industries. Tensions between activists and the mining industry have raised, however, concerns over human rights abuses.

  6. Pandemic Crisis May Trigger Societal Restructuring

    Monday, April 06, 2020

    PENANG and SINGAPORE, Apr 06 (IPS) - The Chinese word for crisis consists of two characters - "weiji". Wei means danger and ji means opportunity. Every crisis is pregnant with danger and risks but also with opportunities – for some to make money, for others to learn valuable lessons, and for society to reorient or restructure its priorities, institutions and even the system.

  7. U.N. Releases Report on Socio-economic Effects of Coronavirus

    Friday, April 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 03 (IPS) - As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, concerns are simultaneously growing about the current and long-term effects this will have on certain demographics -- specifically, women, the youth, migrant workers, and many employees around the world. 

  8. Snapshot of Life under Lockdown in Bangladesh

    Thursday, April 02, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 02 (IPS) - The Coronavirus pandemic is changing how we live our daily lives. The scale of the Covid-19 and its impact on our lives is unprecedented. When humanity gets past this, the world will be a very different place than the one we have known.

  9. Surviving Domestic Violence in times of Covid19

    Thursday, April 02, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 02 (IPS) - "I come from Baglung District, a part of Dhawalagiri Zone in Nepal. My house overlooks the river. Do you know, our district is known for the suspension bridges?", her eyes glimmer for a fraction of a second and then she breathes a heavy sigh! Her right hand is still wrapped in a scarf, while with the other she pats her 17-month-old. "If I ever get a chance I will take you to my village, we have a lot of medicinal plants."

    She pauses while tears roll down as she continues our Facetime session. "I was 16 when I had my first child and I was 17 when my arm was broken by my mother-in-law."

  10. Dangers and Lessons of Present Multiple Crises

    Wednesday, April 01, 2020

    PENANG and SINGAPORE, Apr 01 (IPS) - The Covid-19 pandemic, erupting in the background of lethargic global economy, could turn out to be the singular biggest crisis in a century. First reported in Wuhan, China, the corona virus has reached almost all countries. It has infected close to 1 million persons and caused over 40,000 deaths at time of writing; and the figures keep climbing. It is a health catastrophe which if not checked in its track would be the most serious since the Spanish Flu of 1918 that killed over 50 million people.

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