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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
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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.

02 Nov 2018 description
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By Anna Kucirkova

TEXAS, USA, Nov 2 2018 (IPS) - Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn’t well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world.

It last erupted in the U.S. in the 1800s, eradicated by water and sewage treatment systems that prevented it from spreading via contaminated water. However, cholera is making a comeback around the globe, and it could again become a major killer.

01 Nov 2018 description
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By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 1 2018 (IPS) - Globally, the people working to defend our human rights are increasingly under attack, reaching a “crisis point.”

More than 150 human rights defenders (HRDs) from around the world gathered in Paris this week to set out a vision for the enduring fight for human rights at the second Human Rights Defenders World Summit.

01 Nov 2018 description

By WAM

DUBAI, Oct 31 2018 (WAM) - Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, today announced that the UAE will contribute US$1.5 million annually for the period 2019 to 2021, cumulatively amounting to US$4.5 million, to fund the projects carried out by the Global Green Growth Institute, GGGI.

The announcement was made at the GGGI’s Assembly and Council, held at the South Korean capital, Seoul. Dr. Al-Zeyoudi led the UAE delegation that participated at the assembly.

28 Oct 2018 description
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By Wambi Michael

Wambi Michael speaks on INGVILD SOLVANG, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Global Lead on Gender and Social Development on safeguarding staff against sexual harassment and exploitation.

KAMPALA, Oct 28 2018 (IPS) - How to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment in the aid sector is a question that has come to the forefront in the past year as allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have been made against both Oxfam and United Nations officials.

24 Oct 2018 description
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By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 2018 (IPS) - The very people who help put food on our tables often face numerous human rights violations, forcing them go to bed hungry.

In an annual report set to be presented to governments at the United Nations this week, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver found that agricultural workers worldwide continue to face barriers in their right to food including dangerous work conditions and the lack of employment protections.

24 Oct 2018 description

Today, IDMC is signing up as a Champion of the Inclusive Data Charter. This is one step towards linking the displacement data community with the sustainable development agenda and I believe it is an important one. The Charter, which was launched in July 2018, aims to mobilise political support to improve ‘the quality, quantity, financing, and availability of inclusive and disaggregated data’.

16 Oct 2018 description

Carmen Arroyo interviews ALEXANDRA BILAK, director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - This year the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) noted that 2017 saw the highest number of displacements associated with conflict in a decade-11.8 million people. But this is not a situation that is going to be resolved any time soon, says the organisation which has been reporting on displacements since 1998.

15 Oct 2018 description
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Por Daniel Gutman

BUENOS AIRES, 15 oct 2018 (IPS) - Aunque su contribución al calentamiento global es insignificante, las naciones del Caribe se están llevando la peor parte de su impacto. Los fenómenos climáticos son tan devastadores que los países comienzan a prepararse ya no tanto para adaptarse a la nueva realidad, sino para recuperar sus economías periódicamente.

15 Oct 2018 description

By José Graziano da Silva

This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16

José Graziano da Silva is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

15 Oct 2018 description

By Herve Verhoosel

This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16

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

GENEVA, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) - How much would you expect to pay for the most basic plate of food? The kind of thing you might whip up at home – nothing fancy, just enough to fill you up and meet a third of today’s calorie needs. A soup, maybe, or a simple stew – some beans or lentils, a handful of rice, bread, or corn?

14 Oct 2018 description
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By Orlando Milesi

This article forms part of the IPS coverage for World Food Day, celebrated on October 16.

SANTIAGO, Oct 14 2018 (IPS) - For the third consecutive year, South America slid backwards in the global struggle to achieve zero hunger by 2030, with 39 million people living with hunger and five million children suffering from malnutrition.

12 Oct 2018 description
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By Nathanial Matthews and Deon Nel
This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16.

Nathanial Matthews is Program Director and Deon Nel, CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct 12 2018 (IPS) - Our food system requires fundamental transformation. Disasters and shocks, from extreme flooding to persistent drought, are occurring more frequently and lasting longer, threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of small farmers across the globe.

08 Oct 2018 description

By International Organization for Migration

Oct 4 2018 (IOM) - Migration is largely an urban phenomenon. According to the 2018 World Migration Report, “nearly all migrants, whether international or internal, are destined for cities”.

08 Oct 2018 description
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By Carmen Arroyo

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 8 2018 (IPS) - In May the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced next year’s summit on climate. This assertion has given the Global Green Growth Institute international momentum, which was reflected in the events of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City.

03 Oct 2018 description

By International Organization for Migration

Oct 3 2018 (IOM) - Mobs chasing migrants through towns; migrant street vendors getting shot at by people passing by on scooters; and migrant-owned shops being attacked on a regular basis. These are just a few samples of the incidents against migrant communities reported around the world.

Yesterday (2 October) we celebrated the International Day of Non-violence; today we would like draw attention to the issue of xenophobic violence.