Global Arms Industry Thrives Amid Worldwide Pandemic Devastation

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 06 (IPS) – The 21-month long pandemic, which began with the outbreak of the deadly corona virus back in March 2020, ravaged hundreds and thousands of businesses and industries resulting either in widespread losses, closures or bankruptcies. Read the full story, “Global Arms Industry Thrives Amid Worldwide Pandemic Devastation”, on globalissues.org →

 

First Person: ‘Trafficking is a crime can happen in front of our eyes’

Ilias Chatzis heads up a global team of more than 60 experts at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), committed to countering Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. He says that more focus needs to be placed on those who profit from the crimes, rather than the victims. Read the full story, “First Person: […]

 

From the Field: ‘climate-smart’ development in an uncertain world

Today, when the UN plans initiatives to help vulnerable communities become more resilient, the climate crisis has to be part of the equation. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting the dots between people and the impacts that climate change is having on their lives. Read the full story, “From the Field: ‘climate-smart’ development in […]

 

The Gambia: Guterres calls for ‘credible and transparent’ election

As Gambians prepare to choose their next president on Saturday, the UN Secretary-General asked on Friday for voters to help foster “a peaceful environment” at the polls.   Read the full story, “The Gambia: Guterres calls for ‘credible and transparent’ election”, on globalissues.org →

 

Somalia: Security Council adopts resolution to keep pirates at bay

The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to combat the continuing threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia, as shipping and protection measures to keep vessels safe, have returned to levels not seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story, “Somalia: Security Council adopts resolution to keep pirates at bay”, […]

 

 

Zero-Leprosy in Pandemic: Experts, Advocates Discuss New Strategies

Hyderabad, Dec 03 (IPS) – As 2021 nears its end, public health systems worldwide remain severely strained by COVID 19, which is showing no sign of ending. But even as countries battle to control the deadly pandemic, they must also maintain the progress made against other diseases, including leprosy, global leprosy experts and advocates have […]

 

COP26: Convert climate ‘promises to action’, urge UN rights experts

Marking the 35th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development, independent UN human rights experts on Friday issued an urgent call to “move from promises to action” on the outcomes of the UN’s landmark COP26 climate conference. Read the full story, “COP26: Convert climate ‘promises to action’, urge UN rights experts”, on globalissues.org […]

 

Act to Save Children Living Precarious Lives in Cameroons Forgotten and Neglected Conflict

Yaoundé, Cameroon, Dec 03 (IPS) – Education is under attack in Cameroon. As one of the most complex humanitarian crises in the world unfolds, Education Cannot Wait’s director Yasmine Sherif and the Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland, say the children are pawns for grown men in a political conflict. Read the full […]

 

 

Big Tobacco Industry Rides COVID-19 Pandemic as Countries Grapple for a Response

BANGKOK, Thailand, Dec 03 (IPS) – Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries in the developing world continue to grapple with basic issues such as securing sufficient vaccines and providing essential medical care for their sick. Many economies are in recovery mode as governments scramble to resuscitate them with recovery packages and build […]

 

Partnering with Persons with Disabilities Toward an Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post-COVID-19 World

BANGKOK, Thailand, Dec 03 (IPS) – As the world observes the International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, we honour the leadership of persons with disabilities and their tireless efforts to build a more inclusive, accessible and sustainable world. At the same time, we resolve to work harder to ensure a society that is open […]

 

Disabled and displaced: helping Haiti’s most vulnerable people

Disabled people in Haiti who have been driven from one temporary shelter to another as result of an earthquake, fire, and mounting gang violence have been finally able to find a safe home, just ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, marked annually on 3 December. Read the full story, “Disabled and displaced: […]

 

Clean Energy Alone Won’t Uplift Impoverished Nations — We Must Invest in People

Dec 02 (IPS) – Last month, at the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, a consortium of philanthropies, led by The Rockefeller Foundation, announced a massive program to fund renewable electricity projects for impoverished people in developing countries. Read the full story, “Clean Energy Alone Won’t Uplift Impoverished Nations — We Must Invest in People”, […]

 

Building a Disability-Friendly Workplace: Why Includability Matters

BENGALURU, India, Dec 02 (IPS) – In her famous speech ‘The Danger of a Single Story’, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns us against a singular narrative of a person—a stereotype. This, Adichie asserts, is not because stereotypes are untrue, but because they are incomplete—“They make one story become the only story.” This is true in […]

 

Emergency aid needs set to rise by 17% to assist 274 million, UN humanitarians warn

A total of 274 million people worldwide will need emergency aid and protection in 2022, a 17 per cent increase compared with this year, UN humanitarians said on Thursday.  Read the full story, “Emergency aid needs set to rise by 17% to assist 274 million, UN humanitarians warn”, on globalissues.org →

 

 

Burkina Faso facing ‘multitude of challenges’ – human rights chief Bachelet

Concluding a four-day to visit Burkina Faso, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country faces “a multitude of challenges with severe impacts on a wide range of human rights of its people”. Read the full story, “Burkina Faso facing ‘multitude of challenges’ – human rights chief Bachelet”, on globalissues.org →

 

WFP appeals for greater support for Afghanistan as hunger increases

With millions in Afghanistan facing starvation as winter arrives, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday urged countries to put politics aside and step up support to avert a potential catastrophe.  Read the full story, “WFP appeals for greater support for Afghanistan as hunger increases”, on globalissues.org →

 

 

Women and girls at high risk of being pushed into modern slavery 

Women and children are at high risk of being pushed into contemporary forms of slavery, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.    Read the full story, “Women and girls at high risk of being pushed into modern slavery ”, on globalissues.org →

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