Wednesday , July 18th , 2018  

Limiting Global Temperature Rise to 1.5 Degrees

PHOTO: PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS By Saleemul HuqJul 18 2018 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) In the run-up to the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in its 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in December 2015, one of the most politically contentious issues was whether the limit of the long-term global temperature rise should be kept at 2 degrees centigrade...

The Industrialization of Cybercrime

Tamas Gaidosch, a senior financial sector expert in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, is a cybersecurity professional with more than 20 years’ experience, including probing banking systems to find cyber weaknesses. He formerly led the Information Technology Supervision Department at the Central Bank of Hungary. By Tamas GaidoschWASHINGTON DC, Jul 18 2018 (IPS) Cybercrime is now...

Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom

Sri Lanka’s media has been under pressure for most of the past decade and only gained some breathing space since the 2015 presidential election. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS By Amantha PereraCOLOMBO, Jul 18 2018 (IPS) Journalists and media activists have cautioned against Sri Lanka’s newfound press freedom as the country heads to the polls in 2020. Separate incidents of hate-speech against...

Nusseibeh calls for greater cooperation on SDGs

By WAMNEW YORK, Jul 18 2018 (WAM) Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, called for greater international cooperation to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, at an event hosted by the UAE on the sidelines of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. The Ambassador stressed the importance of international...

New York, With 8.5 Million People, Among Cities Heading for a Sustainable Future

Maimunah Mohd Sharif is Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and Achim Steiner is Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme By Maimunah Mohd Sharif and Achim SteinerUNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 2018 (IPS) New York has long been considered a pioneer – in fashion, art, music, and food, just to name a few. Now this city of 8.5 million is leading a shift in...

Emirates Diplomatic Academy hosts King of Spain at WOCMES

By WAMABU DHABI, Jul 17 2018 (WAM) The Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, held a networking reception in the presence of King Felipe VI of Spain at the fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, WOCMES, in Seville, Spain. The Congress’ inaugural reception drew the participation of over 200 dignitaries and experts from Spain and the Middle East studies community worldwide. The event took place...

Chile Has Medicine Against Desertification, But Does Not Take It

Hundreds of children, many from rural schools in the Coquimbo region, have visited the fog catchers in Cerro Grande as part of an educational programme to raise awareness among future generations about the importance of rational use of water in Chile. Credit: Foundation un Alto en el Desierto By Orlando MilesiOVALLE, Chile, Jul 17 2018 (IPS) The retention of rainwater which otherwise is lost at sea...

Immigration, Lot of Myths and Little Reality

The Italian Navy rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Credit: Italian Coastguard/Massimo Sestini By Roberto SavioROME, Jul 17 2018 (IPS) According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing...

Fate of Rohingya Refugees Discussed by IOM Chief and Bangladesh Prime Minister

IOM DG William Swing meets new mothers from the Rohingya refugee and local communities. Photo: IOM By International Organization for MigrationDhaka/Cox’s Bazar, Jul 17 2018 (IOM) Almost a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh face a triple threat of extreme weather, funding shortfalls and uncertainty about their future, William Lacy Swing, head of the UN Migration Agency, IOM, said today. Director...

Q&A: Air Pollution Remains Cause for Alarm in Asia

On any given day, a pall of smog and dust hangs over Kabul’s streets. It clings to the face, burns the eyes, and stains the hands. It bathes the cars, often stuck bumper-to-bumper in traffic, and occludes the view of the distant mountains. Credit: Anand Gopal/IPS By Sinsiri TiwutanondBANGKOK , Jul 17 2018 (IPS) At the start of the year the pollution in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, reached six...