Most read reports
- United Nations, World Bank, and Humanitarian Organizations Launch Innovative Partnership to End Famine [EN/AR]
- Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, September 2018
- A Future Stolen: Young and out of school
- The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition [EN/AR/RU]
- ECOWAS calls for increased coordination to address security and developmental challenges in Sahel region
by Busani Bafana
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Sep 21 2018 (IPS) - Nyalen Kuong and her daughters fled to safety after an attack on their village in South Sudan in which Kuong’s husband and two sons where killed and the family’s cattle lost. Kuong, her daughters and other families from their village fled to islands surrounded by swamp land. There, she had little to eat. And soon began suffering from diarrhoea, brought on by acute malnutrition.
Manipadma Jena interviews the Deputy Director and Water Sector Lead at the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) Investment and Policy Solutions Division, PETER VOS.
STOCKHOLM, Sep 12 2018 (IPS) - Today just over two billion people live without readily available, safe water supplies at home. And more than half the world’s population, roughly 4.3 billion people, live in areas where demand for water resources outstrips sustainable supplies for at least part of the year.
By Miroslav Lajčák, President of the current 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, in his address to the Forum on a Culture of Peace
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 5 2018 (IPS) - As we open this Forum, I will make three main points. First, I want to ask: what does a culture of peace actually mean?
And, frankly it might be different for every person in this room. But I will share some elements, which have stuck with me.
The first is time. Peace takes a lot of time. It cannot be installed. It cannot be erected,
Por Carmen Arroyo y Emily Thampoe
NACIONES UNIDAS, 17 ago 2018 (IPS) - Los niños y las niñas con discapacidad tienen cuatro veces más probabilidades de sufrir episodios violentos, y ellas se llevan la peor parte, alerta el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef).
“Están entre los sectores más marginados de la sociedad. Y si esta sigue viendo antes la discapacidad que al niño, el riesgo de exclusión y de discriminación permanece”, explicó Georgina Thompson, consultora de Unicef, en diálogo con IPS.
by Adelheid Onyango and Bibi Giyose
Adelheid Onyango is Adviser for Nutrition at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa and Bibi Giyose is Senior Nutrition and Food Systems officer, and Special Advisor to the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
By Carmen Arroyo and Emily Thampoe
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13 2018 (IPS) - Children with disabilities are up to four times more likely to experience violence, with girls being the most at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
“Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups in society. If society continues to see the disability before it sees the child, the risk of exclusion and discrimination remains,” Georgina Thompson, a media consultant for UNICEF, told IPS.
By Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu
Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu is a women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch who has done extensive work on land rights issues.
MINNESOTA, United States, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) - Violent clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria’s Middle Belt in June reminded me of a smelting hot afternoon a year ago. I was sitting in my living room watching a herder grazing his cows in my yard in the small town in southwestern Cameroon where I live.
By Fabiana Frayssinet
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 28 2018 (IPS) - The rescue earlier this month of 12 Venezuelan and three Colombian women from a prostitution network that recruits migrants in Peru is an example of the complex web where migration and human trafficking often involve victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation.
The sex trade ring that preys on migrants was dismantled by police in Peru on Jul. 4. Three of the women were minors.
Dr Chewe Luo is Global Chief of HIV/AIDS for UNICEF
AMSTERDAM, Jul 27 2018 (IPS) - As the 22nd International AIDS Conference wraps up in Amsterdam, I can’t help but reflect on how far we have come on this journey with the AIDS epidemic.
When I first qualified as a pediatrician in Zambia some 30 years ago, Southern Africa was only just awakening to the magnitude of the AIDS crisis starting to play out in the region. Some governments famously refused to acknowledge the severity of the epidemic and questioned even the existence of HIV and its connection to AIDS.
By Carmen Arroyo
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 2018 (IPS) - Better and prolonged education can bring down high rates of illiteracy, sexual abuse and early marriage among girls.
“When girls stay in school, HIV goes down, child marriages go down and sexual violence goes down,” shared Alice Albright, chief executive officer of Global Partnership for Education, a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that aims to strengthen education systems in developing countries.
By Carmen Arroyo
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 2018 (IPS) - Significantly more investment is needed to lift hundreds of millions rural poor out of poverty and make agriculture environmentally sustainable, according to Rob Vos, director of the markets, trade and institutions division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
With a growing world population, hunger and undernutrition are on the rise, and governments are looking for private alliances to alleviate these issues.
by Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs & Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 2018 (IPS) - From children living in fear of cattle rustlers in South Sudan to families fleeing violent armed groups in the Central African Republic, trafficked small arms are devastating livelihoods and displacing communities.
Vanita Suneja is Regional Advocacy Manager, South Asia, for WaterAid
NEW DELHI, Jul 16 2018 (IPS) - In 2030, when I would be turning sixty, I’d like to tell my grandchildren the story of how – once upon a time – the lives of poor people in South Asia were transformed: that leaders came together to bring economic prosperity and social development to people that until then had lived in an unequal and polluted world.
By International Organization for Migration
NEW YORK, Jul 9 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, participates in the 2018 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), which is underway from 9-18 July, by co-organizing three events to address the migration related aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Headquarters in New York.
By Miriam Gathigah
NAIROBI, Jul 6 2018 (IPS) - Joshua Kiragu reminisces of years gone by when just one of his two hectares of land produced at least 40 bags of maize. But that was 10 years ago. Today, Kiragu can barely scrape up 20 bags from the little piece of land that he has left – it measures just under a hectare.
Kiragu, who is from Kenya’s Rift Valley region, tells IPS that years of extreme and drastic weather patterns continue to take their toll on his once-thriving maize business. His business, he says, has all but collapsed.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
Africa’s political instability, its armed conflicts and regulatory issues are placing at risk investment needed to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the continent.
Por Gustavo Capdevila
GINEBRA, 25 jun 2018 (IPS) - El mundo se encuentra en conflicto consigo mismo, alertó este lunes 25 el director general de la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM), William Swing, al describir el estado crítico de los desplazamientos de personas entre países y continentes.
“Debo decir que no solo vivimos tiempos de turbulencia y desazón, jamás he conocido un mundo como este que hoy tenemos”, enfatizó el veterano diplomático estadounidense que este año concluye su segundo mandato de cinco años al frente de la OIM.
By Geneva Centre
GENEVA, Jun 20 2018 (Geneva Centre) - Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, has appealed to international decision-makers to express greater solidarity to destitute refugees from the Arab region and to work jointly to address the protracted refugee crisis.
Por Ela Zambrano
CIUDAD MITAD DEL MUNDO, Ecuador, 17 jun 2018 (IPS) - La conservación y el manejo sostenible del suelo son las recetas que con diversos ingredientes representan la base para combatir la degradación de los suelos, coincidieron este domingo 17 en Ecuador los participantes en el acto de celebración del Día Mundial de Lucha contra la Desertificación (DMLD).
By Maged Srour
ROME, Jun 15 2018 (IPS) - Even if arrivals of migrants into Italy by sea have decreased between 2017 and 2018 so far, recent events in the Mediterranean rim have strongly drawn attention to the migration issue and a fierce debate is now underway among European countries.