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13 Nov 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

12 Nov 2018 description
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By Ahmed Raza and Daud Khan

ROME, Nov 12 2018 (IPS) - Despite the fact that Pakistan’s industrial and services sector continue to grow in importance, what happens in the agriculture sector remains critical to the performance of Pakistan’s economy and the wellbeing of its people.

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.

08 Nov 2018 description
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By Amber Rouleau

Amber Rouleau is with the communications office for African Women Rising

SANTA BARBARA, California, Nov 8 2018 (IPS) - While its conflict ended in 2007, Northern Uganda struggles with its legacy as one of the most aid-dependent regions in the world.

Linda Cole, founder of African Women Rising (AWR), who has vast experience working in conflict and post-conflict regions, realized that programs don’t always reach the people who need it the most: those living in extreme poverty.

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”.

06 Nov 2018 description
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Por Daniel Gutman

LOS BLANCOS, Argentina, 6 nov 2018 (IPS) - “Desde que tengo 8 años me acostumbré a acarrear agua. Hoy, que tengo 63, lo sigo haciendo”, dice Antolín Soraire. Es un campesino alto y de rostro castigado por el sol, que vive en Los Blancos, un pueblo de unas pocas decenas de casas y anchas calles de tierra en la provincia de Salta, en el norte de Argentina.

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.

31 Oct 2018 description
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Por Emilio Godoy

IXTLÁN DE JUÁREZ, México, 31 oct 2018 (IPS) - “Sueño con un bosque sano, sustentable, bien aprovechado”, cuenta Rogelio Ruíz, un silvicultor del sur de México, quien insiste en que “tenemos que limpiarlo bien, aprovechar la madera y reforestar”.

30 Oct 2018 description
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Por Edgardo Ayala

EL SALVADOR, 30 oct 2018 (IPS) - Desconsolado, Alberto Flores amontona a la orilla de un camino los pocos racimos de plátanos que logró salvar de una cosecha malograda por las copiosas lluvias que anegaron por completo su plantación en el centro de El Salvador.

“Todo se perdió, he andado cortando lo que se puede rescatar con el agua hasta la rodilla”, contó Flores, un campesino de 54 años, oriundo del caserío San Marcos Jiboa, del municipio de San Luis Talpa, en el departamento de La Paz, en el centro-sur del país.

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
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by Hanitranirina Rarison, an agronomist specializing in food sciences in Fanilon’I Madagasikara. She is also a Girl Guide and actively involved in its nutrition advocacy program.

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’.

22 Oct 2018 description

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 22 2018 (IPS) - Solar energy has long powered homes, businesses and portable electronics. Now, it’s powering a field hospital in the middle of the world’s fastest-growing refugee camp.

Last month, my organization, the HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh, opened the HOPE Field Hospital for Women in the Kutupalong mega-camp for Rohingya refugees.

19 Oct 2018 description
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By Franck Kuwonu, Africa Renewal

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2018 (IPS) - Not long ago, images of child soldiers and the nation of Liberia were wedded in the minds of the international community. The country was struggling to end a horrific civil war, but military efforts were going nowhere.

Then the mothers, grandmothers and sisters of Liberia stepped forward and formed the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace campaign.

16 Oct 2018 description
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BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - Although their contribution to global warming is negligible, Caribbean nations are bearing the brunt of its impact. Climate phenomena are so devastating that countries are beginning to prepare not so much to adapt to the new reality, but to get their economies back on their feet periodically.