A Growing Shift in the Narrative about Climate Action

Forest women in Anantagiri forest in the south-east of India check out their solar dryer. (file photo) There is a growing shift and awareness in mainstream political, corporate and public debate about the need for climate action. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS. By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 2021 – A keen awareness about the intersection of […]

Drug Use is a Health Issue – We Need to Decriminalize

Vulnerable people need support, not stricter laws By Simona MarinescuAPIA, Samoa, Feb 25 2021 – Earlier this month, and in December 2020 the Government of Samoa conducted operations that resulted in the confiscation of a total of 1,400 grams of methamphetamine at the border, smuggled from the US. The law enforcement officials (from the Ministry […]

Western Sahara, Africa’s Last Colony, to Resume Liberation Struggle on Hold Since 1991

A UN patrol team, deployed for monitoring ceasefire, drives through the Smara area of Western Sahara. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he ‘remains committed’ to maintaining the 1991 ceasefire in Western Sahara. Credit: UN Photo/Martine Perret By Ambassador Sidi OmarNEW YORK, Feb 25 2021 – The question of Western Sahara, known as Africa’s last […]

Mexico to Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities

Tractor caravan to Mexico City farmer protest demands “Mexico Free of Transgenics”. Credit: Enrique Perez S./ANEC By Timothy A. WiseCAMBRIDGE MA, Feb 24 2021 – Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically […]

Is the USA Fit to Rejoin the UN Human Rights Council?

National civic space ratings from the CIVICUS Monitor, which uses up-to-date information and indicators to assess the state of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression for all UN Member States. Credit: CIVICUS Monitor By Emily StandfieldTORONTO, Canada, Feb 24 2021 – A month into Joe Biden’s presidency, the U.S. has rejoined nearly all the […]

The Global Insecurity of Climate Change

Sudanese youth live with continuous insecurity due to climate change vulnerability, including droughts, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity. Courtesy: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ UNAMID/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 By Nalisha AdamsBONN, Germany, Feb 24 2021 – For Sudanese youth, climate change is synonymous with insecurity. “We are living in a continuous insecurity due to many factors […]

Myanmar: Heroes and Villains

By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 23 2021 – Myanmar’s State Counsellor was recently deposed and arrested along with other leaders of her ruling party – National League for Democracy (NLD). The Leader of Tatmadaw, the Military, Min Aung Hlaing, announced that elections in November last year had been fraudulent and in an “effort to […]

Natural Enemies: How Mango Farmers are Tackling an Invasive Fruit Fly Pest

Mango farmers Susan and Batsirai Zinoro from Mutoko District, Zimbabwe are using Integrated Pest Management methods to control a fruit fly pest. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 23 2021 – Every harvest season, Susan Zinoro, a mango farmer from Mutoko, Zimbabwe, buries half the mangoes she’s grown that season. They have already […]

How Technology Can Promote Multilingualism & How it Cannot

At a 2018 joint meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Economic and Social Committee, a robot named Sophia had an interactive session with Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias By Ian Richards and Mohamed Chiraz BalyGENEVA, Feb 23 2021 – Some of you may remember Sophia, the […]

Cuba Prioritises Sustainable Water Management in the Face of Climate Challenges

High-density polyethylene pipe is laid on a street in the Cuban capital, where the Aguas de La Habana water company is upgrading the water supply networks in the municipality of Centro Habana. CREDIT: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS By Luis BrizuelaHAVANA, Feb 23 2021 – With the construction of aqueducts, water purification and desalination plants, and investments […]

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