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      International Women’s Day 2021 The post appeared first on Inter Press Service.
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  • Biden-Harris Administration Committed to Building Resilient Agricultural Supply Chains February 26, 2021
    The White House, under the Presidency of Joe Biden just released an Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains stating the country needs to have resilient, diverse and secure supply chains to ensure economic prosperity and national security. Among the acknowledged threats that can reduce the resilience of America’s supply chains include climate change and extreme […]
    Esther Ngumbi
  • Renewed, More Ambitious Targets of Paris Agreement Needed February 26, 2021
    The UNFCCC launched its ‘Climate Action: NDC Scorecard’ on Feb 26. The report assesses countries’ progress in meeting climate mitigation, adaptation and financing goals. The post Renewed, More Ambitious Targets of Paris Agreement Needed appeared first on Inter Press Service.
    Alison Kentish
  • Money Laundering: the Darker Side of the World’s Offshore Financial System February 26, 2021
    A sign outside a laundry in New York city had a frivolously flippant slogan: “We launder dirty clothes, not dirty money.” And a 2019 movie titled “Laundromat,” based on a book ‘Secrecy World’ by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jake Bernstein, exposed the byzantine world of money laundering. That’s the insidiously darker side of the world’s […]
    Thalif Deen
  • Energy Crisis: Tribal Behavior or Quality Decisions Based on Conscious Trade-Offs? February 25, 2021
    Marta Jara is Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas The post Energy Crisis: Tribal Behavior or Quality Decisions Based on Conscious Trade-Offs? appeared first on Inter Press Service.
    Marta Jara
  • Ending Inequality is Everyone’s Business February 25, 2021
    The UNAIDS 2020 Global AIDS Update gave us a clear indication why the world did not meet the Fast-Track targets by 2020. Inequality, perpetuated by structural oppression such as gender inequality; economic disparity; including human rights abuses and violations. For most of us living in sub-Saharan Africa, we don’t need a report to tell us […]
    Tlaleng Mofokeng
  • Lebanon: A Lion Pit for Journalism February 25, 2021
    Our deadliest nightmare is back: Political assassinations in Lebanon is back with the horrific murder of Luqman Slim, a vocal critic of Hezbollah. Slim’s assassination is the first killing of a high-profile activist and outspoken journalist in years. What do the political assassinations in Lebanon tell us about the history of this country? Lebanon, the […]
    Cendrella Azar
  • UN Peacebuilding Commission must Prioritise Protecting Youth Activists Facing Retaliation February 25, 2021
    The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission must prioritise the protection of youth activists who face retaliation from state and non-state actors, said UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake. Wickramanayake was speaking at the Peacebuilding Commission high-level virtual meeting on Youth, Peace and Security, where she outlined numerous ways the commission can assist youth activists around the world […]
    Samira Sadeque
  • A Growing Shift in the Narrative about Climate Action February 25, 2021
    A keen awareness about the intersection of our ecosystem and the “accelerating destabilisation of the climate” is helping shift the narrative for climate action and can help us transition from being polluters to becoming protectors of the climate, said Marco Lambertini, Director General at the World Wide Fund for Nature. “Science has never been clearer. […]
    Samira Sadeque
  • Drug Use is a Health Issue – We Need to Decriminalize February 25, 2021
    Vulnerable people need support, not stricter laws The post Drug Use is a Health Issue – We Need to Decriminalize appeared first on Inter Press Service.
    Simona Marinescu
  • Western Sahara, Africa’s Last Colony, to Resume Liberation Struggle on Hold Since 1991 February 25, 2021
    Ambassador Sidi Omar is Frente POLISARIO Representative at the United Nations The post Western Sahara, Africa’s Last Colony, to Resume Liberation Struggle on Hold Since 1991 appeared first on Inter Press Service.
    Ambassador Sidi Omar
  • The Global Insecurity of Climate Change February 24, 2021
    For Sudanese youth, climate change is synonymous with insecurity. “We are living in a continuous insecurity due to many factors that puts Sudan on top of the list when it comes to climate vulnerability,” said Nisreen Elsaim, Sudanese climate activist and chair of United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She said […]
    Nalisha Adams
  • Mexico to Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities February 24, 2021
    Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. His administration sent an even stronger aftershock two weeks later, clarifying that the government would also phase out GM corn imports in three […]
    Timothy A. Wise
  • Is the USA Fit to Rejoin the UN Human Rights Council? February 24, 2021
    Emily Standfield is CIVICUS Member and data volunteer. The post Is the USA Fit to Rejoin the UN Human Rights Council? appeared first on Inter Press Service.
    Emily Standfield
  • Cuba Prioritises Sustainable Water Management in the Face of Climate Challenges February 23, 2021
    With the construction of aqueducts, water purification and desalination plants, and investments to upgrade hydraulic infrastructure, Cuba is seeking to manage the impacts of droughts and floods that are intensifying with climate change. The “initiative to strengthen hydrological monitoring” in Cuba, signed in Havana on Feb. 11, aims to boost capacities to measure, transmit, process […]
    Luis Brizuela
  • Myanmar: Heroes and Villains February 23, 2021
    Myanmar’s State Counsellor was recently deposed and arrested along with other leaders of her ruling party – National League for Democracy (NLD). The Leader of Tatmadaw, the Military, Min Aung Hlaing, announced that elections in November last year had been fraudulent and in an “effort to save democracy” the military would now rule the nation […]
    Jan Lundius
  • Natural Enemies: How Mango Farmers are Tackling an Invasive Fruit Fly Pest February 23, 2021
    As the climate warms, a destructive pest is spreading its wings and damaging the livelihoods of fruit growers in southern Africa. The invasive fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, is preventing farmers like Susan Zinoro, a mango farmer from Mutoko, Zimbabwe, from literally and figuratively enjoying the fruits of their labour. The post Natural Enemies: How Mango […]
    Busani Bafana
  • How Technology Can Promote Multilingualism & How it Cannot February 23, 2021
    Ian Richards is a UN economist, staff representative and is fluent in two UN languages; Mohammed Chiraz Baly is a UN statistician, staff representative and speaks three UN languages fluently.   The following is an analysis marking International Mother Language Day, which was commemorated on February 21, on “How Technology Can Promote Multilingualism While Being […]
    Ian Richards and Mohamed Chiraz Baly
  • Developing Countries Struggling To Cope With COVID-19 February 23, 2021
    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting most developing countries disproportionately, especially the United Nations’ least developed countries (LDCs) and the World Bank’s low-income countries (LICs). Years of implementing neoliberal policy conditionalities and advice have made most developing countries much more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic by undermining their health systems and fiscal capacities to […]
    Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram
  • Coup in Spain, Yesterday and Today February 22, 2021
    Forty years ago, on February 23, 1981 (later known as 23-F), in the middle of the afternoon in a cold Madrid atmosphere, the most serious attack against the reborn Spanish democracy took place. An armed contingent of more than 200 Civil Guard agents invaded the Congress of Deputies and threatened the dissolution of the government […]
    Joaquin Roy
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