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18 Jan 2019 description

Vladimir Smakhtin is Director, and Manzoor Qadir is Assistant Director, of the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Canada, hosted by the Government of Canada and McMaster University. Edward Jones, who worked on the paper at UNU-INWEH, is now a researcher at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

17 Jan 2019 description
report Inter Press Service

By Sam Olukoya

BENIN CITY, Nigeria, Jan 17 2019 (IPS) - The International Organization For Migration (IOM) has taken its campaign against irregular migration to schools in Nigeria. The school campaigns are meant to educate children who are among victims of human traffickers. After being recruited, victims of traffickers are made to embark on dangerous irregular journeys through the desert and by sea in an attempt to reach Europe. Many children die in the course of these journeys while many others are enslaved. Some young girls end up in the sex trade.

10 Jan 2019 description
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By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 10 2019 (IPS) - In light of the millions of refugees escaping persecution in search of a safer, more prosperous future, a new campaign aims to raise awareness of the difficult journeys such populations take around the world.

Launched by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the 1 Billion Miles to Safety raises awareness of the long, precarious journeys that many refugees take and calls on the public to amp up support.

08 Jan 2019 description
report Inter Press Service

By Peter Lüthi
Peter Lüthi is in Communications at the Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development, Zurich

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan 8 2019 (IPS) - The unusually hot summer of 2018 showed that climate change affects a central part of our lives: agriculture. The severe drought in Liechtenstein led to large losses in the hay harvest.

In countries of the Global South, the consequences of climate change are already much more drastic. In Africa, for example, extreme weather conditions threaten food security for millions of people.

04 Jan 2019 description
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By Dan Shepard

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 4 2019 (IPS) - Record global greenhouse gas emissions are putting the world on a path toward unacceptable warming, with serious implications for development prospects in Africa. “Limiting warming to 1.5° C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics, but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, cochair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III.

22 Dec 2018 description
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By Busani Bafana

WAGENINGEN, the Netherlands, Dec 22 2018 (IPS) - Women entrepreneurs are playing an important role in transforming global food security for economic growth, but they have to work twice as hard as men to succeed in agribusiness.

14 Dec 2018 description
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By Isaiah Esipisu

KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) - As the United Nations climate conference nears an end, all eyes are on the negotiators who have been working day and night for the past two weeks to come up with a Rulebook for implementation of the Paris Agreement.

However, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), climate change is also a humanitarian issue.

According to the humanitarian organisation, natural disasters such as droughts, storms and floods, have doubled since the 1990s.

13 Dec 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Danielle Engolo

IPS Correspondent Danielle Engolo interviews EVANS TEKENGE MANUIKA, head of All for the Integration of Migrants in Morocco (ATIMA)

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 12 2018 (IPS) - The recently adopted Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration continues to generate enormous debate as to its pros and cons. Evans Tekenge Manuika, head of All for the Integration of Migrants in Morocco (ATIMA), who spoke to IPS at the conference, warned that the Compact will remain a dead letter without peace in Africa.

13 Dec 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Chahreddine Berriah

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 12 2018 (IPS) - The Global Compact on Migration is now official. But what next? To get a better idea, IPS spoke to journalists and representatives of civil society attending the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) conference to find out their views on what it might achieve when to comes to “safe, orderly and regular migration.”

12 Dec 2018 description
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By Steven Nsamaza

IPS correspondent Steven Nsamaza interviews CLAUDIA INTERIANO from Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democratico de Derecho

12 Dec 2018 description
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By Youssef Lakhder

IPS Correspondent Youssef Lakhder spoke to YOUNOUS ARBAOUI, advocacy and coordination officer at the National Migrant Protection Platform (PNPM)

Amid the hustle and bustle of the two-day Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), IPS spoke to Younous Arbaoui, advocacy and coordination officer at the National Migrant Protection Platform (PNPM), about the importance of the GCM in tackling the migration challenge facing the world.

07 Dec 2018 description
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By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 7 2018 (IPS) - When the long-awaited UN conference focusing on the rights and safety of migrants and refugees takes off in Morocco, it will be a rare, if not an unprecedented meeting, for one reason: the withdrawal of at least seven member states almost at the 59th minute of the eleventh hour.

30 Nov 2018 description
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By Herve Verhoosel

Herve Verhoosel is Senior Spokesperson UN World Food Programme (WFP)

GENEVA, Nov 30 2018 (IPS) - Last week I met with Aamir, a 29-year-old Yemenite, living in Geneva since October 2018 and waiting for his application for asylum to be finalized.

We met outside a café on a brisk, overcast autumn day, where I offered to treat him to a coffee or a tea in exchange for the chance to listen to his story, one that he was worried to share. Worried for his family back in Yemen.

26 Nov 2018 description
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MILAN, Italy, Nov 26 2018 (IPS) - As 2018 nears its end, the world faces a new wave of food insecurity with the level of hunger being on the rise globally. A record 821 million people are facing chronic food deprivation – a sharp rise from 804 million figure in 2016 – said a report published by the UNFAO earlier this year.

23 Nov 2018 description
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Por Daniel Gutman

BUENOS AIRES, 23 nov 2018 (IPS) - Solo 18 por ciento de la población de América Latina y el Caribe vive en zonas rurales, pero estas son, cada vez más, fábricas de pobreza, en una alarmante realidad que en buena parte la determina el cambio climático.

Relatos de sequías extremas seguidos de fenomenales inundaciones que prácticamente destruyen cosechas enteras y sacuden la paz social abundaron durante la primera Semana de la Alimentación y la Agricultura de la región, realizada en esta capital argentina.

13 Nov 2018 description
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2018 (IPS) - A new landmark initiative aims to make quality data and tools available to the international community in order to combat an “existential crisis”: land degradation.

The Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative (LDN), launched by United Nations-backed partnership the Group of Earth Observations (GEO), aims to put data directly into the hands of local and national decision makers to help stop and reverse environmental degradation.

08 Nov 2018 description
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By Julio Berdergué, Marita Perceval, and Miguel Barreto

Julio Berdegué is FAO Regional Representative, Marita Perceval is Director of UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto is Regional Director of WFP

SANTIAGO, Nov 8 2018 (IPS) - The number of undernourished people increased for the third consecutive year in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has exceeded 39 million people. In addition, almost one in four adults is obese, while overweight affects 250 million; more than the entire population of Brazil.

08 Nov 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

Este es un artículo de opinión de Julio Berdegué, represenante regional de la FAO, Carissa F. Etienne, director de la OPS, Marita Perceval, directora de Unicef en América Latina y el Caribe, y Miguel Barreto, director regional del PMA.

SANTIAGO, 8 nov 2018 (IPS) - El número de personas con hambre aumentó por tercer año consecutivo en América Latina y el Caribe. Ha superado los 39 millones de personas. Además, casi uno de cada cuatro adultos es obeso, mientras que el sobrepeso afecta a 250 millones. Más que la población completa de Brasil.

07 Nov 2018 description
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By Boudewijn Mohr - former UNICEF country programme and operational management specialist who travelled across 36 countries on the African continent. He is also a former senior international corporate banker in New York, and author of the recently-released “A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to UNICEF in Africa”.

02 Nov 2018 description
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Por Tharanga Yakupitiyage

NACIONES UNIDAS, 2 nov 2018 (IPS) - Las personas que luchan en defensa de los derechos humanos sufren cada vez más ataques, al punto de llegar a una situación “de crisis” en todo el mundo.

Más de 150 activistas se reunieron en París esta semana para concordar una estrategia de lucha durante la segunda Cumbre Mundial de Defensores/as de Derechos Humanos, realizada el 29, 30 y 31 de octubre en París.