Tuesday , March 26th , 2019  

World Bank Financializing Development

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Mar 26 2019 – The World Bank has successfully legitimized the notion that private finance is the solution to pressing development and welfare concerns, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Agenda 2030. A recent McKinsey report estimates that the world needs to invest about US$3.3 trillion, or 3.8...

Managing Director of Climate-KIC Nordic Aps appointed to head GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division

By GGGISeoul, Republic of Korea, Mar 26 2019 (IPS-Partners) (GGGI) – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) today announced the appointment of Susanne Pedersen as Assistant Director-General and Head of GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD). Ms. Pedersen will be based in the organization’s Seoul headquarters and will assume her duties on June 3, 2019. As Head of IPSD, Ms....

The Destruction of the Environment: An Unfolding Tragedy for Humanity

One of the last 1,000 wild Bactrian Camels. Gobi Desert, Mongolia. Credit: mammalwatching.com By Jon HallUNITED NATIONS, Mar 26 2019 – Late last year the World Wide Fund for Nature released their Living Planet Report for 2018. WWF’s estimates were stark: populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, declined by 60 percent between 1970 and 2014. The Earth...

Q&A: Why Treating Leprosy as a Special Disease Violates the Rights of the Person Affected by It

Dr. Arturo Cunanan is the Medical Centre Chief of Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital in the Philippines and one of the most experienced experts on Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, in the world today. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella PaulMAJURO, Mar 25 2019 – His multiple awards and degrees aside, Dr. Arturo Cunanan is known as a people’s doctor; one who has profound belief...

Words Matter: Trump and the Massacres in Christchurch

Credit: David Symonds in The Economist, 24 July 2008 By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Mar 25 2019 – These lyrics are from Fire, the only hit by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, which in 1968 sold over one million singles. Brenton Tarrant played it in his car while he triumphantly left the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. He had just gunned down around 100 unarmed worshippers and...

South-South Cooperation: a Path to Implementing UN’s 2030 Agenda

António Guterres, is Secretary-General of the United Nations By António GuterresBUENOS AIRES, Mar 25 2019 – I see five issues that will be central to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. South-South Cooperation can offer solutions to all of them. First, rising inequality both between and within countries is eroding trust...

World’s Best Teacher Prize and One Million Dollars Awarded to Kenyan Teacher from Impoverished Community

Maths and physical science teacher Peter Tabichi picture after the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School teacher has won the one million dollar Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS By Busani BafanaDUBAI, Mar 25 2019 – A maths and physical science teacher from an impoverished  school in Kenya’s Rift Valley, Peter Tabichi, has won the one million dollar Global...

What They Need: Money, Resources, & a Seat at the Table

At the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women(CSW), which concluded last week, advocates called for girls and women to have more power and leadership in humanitarian action. By Marcy HershNEW YORK, Mar 25 2019 – As a long-time advocate, I’ve been invited to speak at dozens of global conferences about the needs of girls and women in humanitarian emergencies. And while I’ve had the opportunity...

Q&A: “The Knowledge of Local Challenges Can Only Come from Working with People”

Credit: Lalsu Nogoti By Saahil Kejriwal and Rachita VoraMar 25 2019 – The remarkable story of an Adivasi lawyer and social activist who has led peoples’ movements against state development policies, and sought redress for human rights violations of his people in conflict-ridden regions of Maharashtra. Lalsu Nogoti is an independent elected member of the Zila Parishad in the district of...

Communication, a Key Tool for South-South Cooperation

Participants taking part in the colloquium “The role of communication in the challenge of South-South cooperation”, organised in Buenos Aires by Inter Press Service (IPS) Latin America, within the framework of the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation. Credit: Daniel Gutman/IPS By Daniel GutmanBUENOS AIRES, Mar 24 2019 – Communication can be a key...