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Global Inequality Continues to Grow: UNDESA Report

Tribal women converge at the Boipariguda weekly market in Koraput District, in India’s Odisha state, to sell and buy farm produce. Indigenous communities remain at the centre of those affected by climate change, he said, disproportionately bearing ...

Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya from Genocide

Judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague consider the case against Myanmar. Credit: ICJ-CIJ/Wendy van Bree By External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 2020 – Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, ...

Blue Innovation in the Commonwealth

By Patricia ScotlandJan 23 2020 – With 95 per cent of the ocean still unexplored by humans, we are only just beginning to understand its profound influence on life on earth, including its effect on global climate and ecosystems. As we do so, more ...

Leprosy Re-emerges as a Global Health Challenge

Sattamma, a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India’s Telangana state, says that even though she no longer has Hansen’s Disease, she remains discriminated against because of it. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella PaulHYDERABAD, ...

Tipping Point on Menstrual Banishment in Nepal

Credit: NYAYA HEALTH NEPAL By Marty LoganKATHMANDU, Jan 23 2020 – It is easy to be cynical about recent reports of actions taken to end chhaupadi, the traditional practice in parts of western Nepal of segregating menstruating women. Since December, ...

UN Plans to Launch a “Decade of Action” to Deliver Development Goals by 2030

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the General Assembly meeting on his Priorities for 2020 and the Work of the Organization. Credit: UN / Mark Garten By Antonio GuterresUNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 2020 – 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the ...

Will 2020 World Economic Forum Deliver on Combating Climate Change?

Credit: Joe Brusky. By Eco MatserAMSTERDAM, Jan 22 2020 – For the first time, the world’s elites meeting this year at Davos have listed environmental issues as their top concerns about the next decade. The WEF’s annual Global Risks Report ...

UN Chief & Staff Union Predict Another Cash Crisis in 2020—if Member States Don’t Pay Up

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 2020 – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared last week that the United Nations just “managed to survive its deepest financial crisis in a decade.” But if countries continue to default on their ...

Bridging Africa’s Great Gender-Financing Divide

Soi Cate Chelang, a self-taught palette seat designer and carpenter, hard at work. She says that even after a decade of running her business she is unable to get bank credit to expand. Her situation is not a unique one in Africa. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS By ...

Mosul, an Epicentre of the ISIS Conflict, is a Devastated Iraqi City

Resident of Hamdaniya district stands before a house destroyed in a Coalition airstrike, February 2017. Credit: Mark Lattimer /Ceasefire By Mark LattimerLONDON, Jan 22 2020 – As Iraq this month faces the threat of new conflicts – including a ...
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