UNITED NATIONS: Increasing travel restrictions have prevented delegates from attending this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), according to several women’s rights groups.

The travel con .. Read More

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NO TO PALESTINIAN PEACE ENVOY: US TO UN

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS): The failed appointment of former Palestinian-Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as the UN’s peace envoy to Libya has shown that divisions over Palestine still run deep at the world body.

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RADIO: THE ORIGINAL SOCIAL MEDIA

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS): With less than half the world’s population online, radio continues to be world’s most widely accessible source of news and information.

For many of the 5 billion people who have ac... Read More

TOBACCO INDUSTRY MISLEADS DEVELOPING COUNTRIES OVER REGULATIONS

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS): Low and middle-income countries have far fewer tobacco regulations than high-income countries and are paying the price – with bigger health and economic impacts.

Yet, according to new w... Read More

US, UK, FRANCE VIOLATE ARMS TRADE TREATY TO SELL ARMS TO SAUDI ARABIA DESPITE YEMEN

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UNITED NATIONS(IPS): Two years after the UN Arms Trade Treaty entered into force many of the governments which championed the treaty are failing to uphold it, especially when it comes to the conflict in Yemen.

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GENDER A PRIORITY, SAYS NEW UN CHIEF GUTERRES

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UNITED NATIONS(IPS): Achieving gender equality in UN staff appointments will be a “clear priority” for incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, when he takes up the UN’s top administrative role in January ... Read More

UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEATS TAKEN BY ARMS EXPORTERS

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS): Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters will sit on the UN Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018.

The nine include four rotating members — Spain, Ukraine, Italy and the... Read More

HIP-HOP AS THE LANGUAGE AGAINST SEXISM AND VIOLENCE

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS) : Young women are beginning to find their voices around issues such as sexism and violence, including through hip-hop, an art-form which has a long tradition of fighting oppression.

Johnna Arti... Read More

COAL ENTRENCHES POVERTY, DRIVES CLIMATE CHANGE

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS): Coal power does more to harm the world’s poor than to help them, even before the devastating impacts of climate change are taken into account, according to a recent report published by 12 international ... Read More

THE PERILS OF WRITING ABOUT TOILETS IN INDIA

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NEW YORK (IPS): Journalist Stella Paul was midway through an interview about toilets when she found herself, and the women she was speaking to, under attack from four angry men.

“This man, he comes and he ju... Read More

NEW UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTTERES FACES MANY CHALLENGES

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NEW YORK (IPS): The 15 members of the UN Security Council have jointly announced their decision to select Antonio Guterres of Portugal as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“We have a clear fa... Read More

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