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UNITED NATIONS, Mar 13 2018 (IPS) - In most military conflicts worldwide, the ultimate winners are not one of the warring parties- but the world's prolific arms traders, described by peace activists as "merchants of death". While fighting keeps escalating, the hunger for conventional weapons continues unabated, ...
Sunlight pours over a break in canal-top solar panels recently installed over the Vadodara branch of the Sardar Sarovar canal project in Gujarat. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPS. SEOUL, Mar 12 2018 (IPS) - Actions taken today in the pursuit of environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive growth path in India stand to ...

Mar 12 2018 (IOM) - Seven years of war in Syria has not deterred Ameena from being fully involved in her children's education. The mother of four and her husband Abu Hamzeh fled their hometown of Homs for the safety of Jordan's Azraq Refugee Camp. Located in central Jordan, the camp lies on a desert flatland where ...
WASHINGTON DC, Mar 12 2018 (IPS) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has a tall task: deliver a "Global Compact for Refugees" to the United Nations' General Assembly by the end of 2018. The release of a "zero draft" - which will be discussed at a second round of negotiations beginning March 12 -- should ...
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Solar panels installed on covered bus stops of the public transport system in the city of Buenos Aires, on the 9 de Julio Avenue, with the emblematic obelisk in the background. Clean and unconventional energies comprise a negligible share of Argentina's energy mix, but different government initiatives seek ...

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 7 2018 (IPS) - Despite calls for a ceasefire, violent clashes have continued and humanitarian access remains limited in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, leaving the international community extremely concerned. Since the Syrian government intensified its attacks in recent weeks, more than 700 civilians, ...
Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPS. WASHINGTON DC, Mar 9 2018 (IPS) - As people across the globe marked International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8, the safe and secure education and possibilities for the future of millions of young girls and women who are Palestinian refugees across the Middle East remained in danger.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 8 2018 (IPS) - The grandiose sounding Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will be signed in Santiago de Chile today, 8 March. Instead of doing something to advance the condition of women on International Women's Day, trade ...
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Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb 22 2018 (IPS) - As a member of Oxfam GB's Council of Trustees since 2014, I have received many queries about the recent scandal concerning sexual misconduct committed by some OXFAM staff in Haiti in 2011 and elsewhere. I appreciate the concerns expressed as well as many messages of ...
Former child solider Mulume (front left) feels hopeless about his future. Credit: Einberger/argum/EED/IPS. United Nations, Feb 23 2018 (IPS) - It is not known exactly how many child soldiers there are in the world, but current estimates tell us that in 2018, the number is likely to be in the tens of thousands. children have ...
Doha, Qatar, Feb 22 2018 (IPS) - In the post-apartheid era, it is safe to say that Jacob Zuma has become the most reviled public figure in South Africa. Zuma was essentially discredited even before he became president in 2009 by his two essential weaknesses: his relationship with money and his lack of personal integrity.
Seoul, Feb 20 2018 (GGGI) - Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary General (SG) of the United Nations (UN) has been elected as President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) for a two-year term. He takes over from Gemedo Dalle, of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
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Feb 21 2018 (Dawn, Pakistan) - Maryam Nawaz looked prim and poised as ever as she stood before hordes of men in Mansehra last week. She wore a pumpkin-coloured shalwar kameez, and as always a chiffon dupatta on her head; the lipstick on her lips matched exactly. Insulating her from the crowd (the stage was so ...
Feb 21 2018 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - Whenever there is a discussion about trade, investments, exports and economic growth, quite often much focus is placed upon infrastructure as the core challenge of our export growth. But is it the only hurdle? There is no denying that we have a number of challenges in the area ...

United Nations, Feb 21 2018 (IPS) - This week, we began intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration. Therefore, it has never been more important to have a fact-based discussion on this issue. To start us off, I want to make main three points. First, I want to stress that migration is a fact. It is not an ...
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facebook, twitter, Instagram, Line, WhatsApp and WeChat are the most popular social media sites in Southeast Asia, but their power to spread free speech is declining. Credit: ITU/R.Farrell. PHNOM PENH, Feb 15 2018 (IPS) - Researchers recently evaluated 65 countries which represent 87 percent of internet users ...
Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, in an address to the UN Commission on Social Development. In Haiti, children in the Port-au-Prince slum of Bel Air enjoy a meal. Credit: MINUSTAH. United Nations, Feb 9 2018 (IPS) - The 2030 Agenda is the most ambitious plan governments have ever developed to ...
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar is the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 9 2018 (IPS) - All eyes are on the 23rd Olympic Winter Games and 12th Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang this ...
Abuja, Nigeria, Feb 8 2018 (IPS) - The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for north-east Nigeria demonstrates the commitment of the international community to the people of Nigeria. It is also a clear and positive indication of the strong and continued partnership between us - the international humanitarian ...
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Feb 7 2018 (IOM) - "A client called at night and ordered a girl. I was sleeping when suddenly I was told to go to the client. He was already drunk and aggressive. I was scared to stay with him. He made me drink and I had to obey. You feel neither pain nor shame when you are drunk. Everything goes easier. I woke up in the ...
United Nations, Feb 7 2018 (IPS) - UN agencies have sounded the alarm on the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, pointing to the devastating repercussions of the ongoing fuel shortages. UN agencies have appealed for donor support as emergency fuel for critical facilities in Gaza are due to run out in ...
Larissa Fast is a Senior Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group/Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and a former Fulbright-Schuman scholar. A child from drought-stricken southern Somalia who survived the long journey to an aid camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Credit: IPS.
Sharmila Munda, an illiterate indegenous woman collecting wood for her livelihood. Credit: Rafiqul Islam Sarker / IPS. Chatra, Bangladesh, Feb 5 2018 (IPS) - Just before sundown on Jan. 30, a group of women day labourers from the Shantal Indigenous community are in a rush to wind up their work harvesting potatoes ...
Kids work side-by-side at a temporary school for those displaced by floods in eastern Nepal. Many children experience trauma, fear or other psychological impacts of natural disasters, but few receive the necessary treatment. Credit: IPS. Washington DC, Jan 30 2018 (IPS) - In 2010, heavy monsoons led to devastating ...
United Nations, Jan 29 2018 (IPS) - When the World Economic Forum (WEF) concluded in Davos, Switzerland last week, the outcome of the annual talk-fest was seemingly predictable--plenty of unrestrained platitudes but, surprisingly, less of the American populist, protectionist rhetoric. The presence of President ...
"We rarely hear about people suffering in parts of the world that are not popular tourist destinations, considered a low priority for global security or simply too hard to reach," CARE's global humanitarian communications coordinator Johanna Mitscherlich added to IPS. Though news media face daunting ...
Migration has allowed Sahanaz Parben to place her son in an elite cadet college, normally the domain of the well-to-do. She's bought property in Bangladesh, and when she goes back she hopes to set up on her own. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World. Dhaka, Jan 23 2018 (IPS) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013.
NANKAR, Bangladesh, Jan 20 2018 (IPS) - Wahid Haider talks about his son's departure to Italy almost seven years ago without regret or hesitation. Haider has not seen Nayeem, now 30 years old, since he left Nankar in search of better economic prospects, travelling through Romania, where he spent several months, ...
United Nations, Jan 19 2018 (IPS) - International organizations have criticized the United States' decision to cut more than half of planned funding to a UN agency serving Palestinian refugees. This week, the U.S. administration announced that it is withholding 65 million dollars from a planned 125-million-dollar aid ...
US President Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Credit: UN Photo/CIA Pak. United Nations, Jan 18 2018 (IPS) - The continued erratic and outrageous comments by President Donald Trump - and his attempts to undermine the United Nations - are threatening to cause irreparable ...
Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 18 2018 (IPS) - As the elite in the world of finance gather in the Swiss luxury town of Davos, rallies are taking place around the world as citizens demand for solutions to rising inequality. At the same time as the World Economic Forum's rich and powerful hold forth about fixing the crisis of inequality they ...
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Jan 3 2018 (IPS) - Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugee women from Myanmar are currently living in the cramped camps along Bangladesh Myanmar border. Victims of sexual and physical violence in the Rakhine State, women have been disproportionately affected by this crisis and ...
Nazir (left) and Usman both returned to Ghana from Libya in 2011, among some 19,000 Ghanaians who fled back home. Credit: Kwaku Botwe/IPS. KWAME DANSO, Ghana, Feb 6 2018 (IPS) - Thirty-year-old Nazir Mohammed sits on one of the two sofas in his single room in Kwame Danso, a small town about 290 ...
Haitian cultural producer Bob Montinard and his French wife, Melanie, are seen at the Haitian food stand they run at the monthly refugee food fair in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where the couple and their two children have been living since 2010 and where they created Mawon, an organisation ...
Joseph Chamie is an independent consulting demographer and a former director of the United Nations population Division. NEW YORK, Feb 1 2018 (IPS) - Most of the world's women have experienced sexual harassment. Based on available country surveys, it is estimated that no less than 75 percent of the world's 2.7 ...
NEW YORK, Jan 16 2018 (IPS) - When the United States abruptly cuts off military supplies to its allies for political or other reasons, the reaction has been predictable: it drive these countries into the arms of the Chinese, the Russians and Western European weapons suppliers. So, when the Trump Administration decided ...
Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 16 2018 (IPS) - With discussions underway between Bangladesh and Myanmar about the repatriation of more than a half a million Rohingya refugees, many critical questions remain, including how many people would be allowed back, who would monitor their safety, and whether the refugees ...
United Nations, Jan 15 2018 (IPS) - Amid concerns that 160 people may have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the UN refugee agency have urged countries to offer more resettlement places. Though the influx of refugees and migrants has slowed, many are still embarking on ...
SUVA, Fiji, Dec 5 2017 (IPS) - It's a busy week for movers, shakers and policymakers attending a global gathering of civil society activists here in Fiji. For the first time, the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) is holding its sessions in the Pacific. It's a sign of a growing awareness of the problems facing these remote ...
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In this special series of reports, IPS journalists travel to the border region between Bangladesh and Myanmar to speak with Rohingya refugees, humanitarian workers and officials about the still-unfolding human rights and health crises facing this long-marginalized and persecuted community. A group of ...
Brazilian Indigenous people during one of their regular protests in Rio de Janeiro demanding the demarcation of their lands and to be taken into account in environmental and climate measures. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS. RIO DE JANEIRO , Dec 4 2017 (IPS) - indigenous peoples, recognised as the best guardians of the ...
OSLO, Dec 4 2017 (IPS) - Hopefully female journalists have read it by now "What if…? Safety Handbook for women Journalists". The handbook, written by renowned safety trainer Abeer Saady, an Egyptian, and published by The International Association for Women in Radio and Televison (IAWRT), provides hands on tips ...
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COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Nov 29 2017 (IPS) - Parul Akhtar,* a Rohingya woman in her mid-twenties, may never wish to remember the homeland she and her children left about three weeks ago. Too scared to speak out, Parul, the mother of two young children, rests inside the makeshift tent she now calls her home in ...


 

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