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Three Takeaways from Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

By Mark BakerSOUTH CAROLINA, USA, Mar 15 2019 – Those of us working in disaster relief know what to expect when a hurricane or earthquake strikes with devastating fury. We know that safe water, food, and shelter will be the most immediate needs ...

The Geneva Centre strongly condemns New Zealand terrorist attacks

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Mar 15 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy has strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks killing at least 40 people today in Christchurch, New Zealand. The ...

The Geneva Centre presents oral statements on the UPR outcomes of Saudi Arabia and Jordan

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Mar 15 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – At the 40th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre presented on 14 March statements with regard to Saudi Arabia and Jordan. In its statement on Saudi Arabia, ...

Scholar Questions ‘Techie’ Approach to Dealing with Climate Change

Kishan Kumarsingh, lead negotiator for Trinidad and Tobago on climate change. Credit: Jewel Fraser/IPS By Jewel FraserPORT OF SPAIN, Mar 15 2019 – Trinidad and Tobago unveiled its monitoring, reporting and verification system in mid-March with ...

People Affected by Leprosy in Latin America Unite for Their Rights and Their Voice

Family photo of part of the 111 participants in the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen’s Disease, on the steps of the Morisco Palace, the headquarters of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, which ...

Helping St. Vincent’s Fishers Maintain an Essential Industry in a Changing Climate

By Kenton X. ChanceKINGSTOWN, Mar 14 2019 – From an influx of sargassum in near-shore waters, to fish venturing further out to sea to find cooler, more oxygenated water, fishers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are battling the vagaries of climate ...

Tobacco Industry Targets Women in Asia

A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS By Wendell Balderas and Mary AssuntaBANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 14 2019 – International Women’s Day on 8 March recognized and celebrated the progress ...

Promoting Privatization

After discrediting state-owned enterprises, privatization advocates successfully pushed a broad reform agenda under the rubric of privatization from the 1980s, with the support of the Washington-based international financial institutions. By Jomo Kwame ...

UN Pays Homage to Staffers Who Died in Plane Crash

The Ethiopian Airlines plane was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, from 35 countries, when it took a nose dive six minutes after leaving the airport in Addis Ababa. Credit: Alec Wilson/CC by 2.0 By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Mar 12 2019 ...

The Crisis in Venezuela

Alfred de Zayas at the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry. By Alfred de ZayasGENEVA, Mar 12 2019 (IPS) My mission to Venezuela in November/December 2017 was the first by a UN rapporteur in 21 years. It was intended to open the door to the visit of other rapporteurs ...
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