Sunday , December 16th , 2018  

Negotiating for Nature

Concerned over the rate of biodiversity loss, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is calling for a new deal for nature and people. South Africa’s white rhinoceros recovered from near-extinction thanks to intense conservation efforts. Credit: Kanya D’Almeida/IPS By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) Wildlife is being wiped out in an unprecedented rate, and it’s our fault. But a...

Q&A: Many African Countries Already Live the Future of 2°C Warmer

Gernot Laganda, Chief of the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes at the World Food Programme says that because of climate change the number of natural disasters in the world have doubled since 1990. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS By Isaiah EsipisuKATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) As the United Nations climate conference nears an end, all eyes are on the negotiators  who have been working...

Decoding Article 6 of the COP24 Climate Negotiations

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) side event at COP24 that discussed transparency and NDC implementation. Credit: Sohara Mehroze Shachi/IPS By Sohara Mehroze ShachiKATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) It is close to curtain call for the United Nations’ Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland, with ministers from around the world negotiating the text for a “rulebook” to implement the historic...

Senior UN Official Resigns Undermining Sexual Abuse Charges

ICSC Commissioners with former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: UN photo By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) The UN’s heavily-hyped “zero tolerance” policy on sexual abuse is being ridiculed once again –– this time with the abrupt resignation of the head of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) who faced charges of sexual harassment and was the subject...

Brazil Will Test a Government in Direct Connection with Voters

Jair Bolsonaro and his vice president-elect are retired military officers, and the president-elect will appoint seven other officers to the ministerial cabinet. Since he was elected president of Brazil, the far-right politician has shown his predilection for participating in military ceremonies, such as the graduation of Navy officers in Rio de Janeiro seen in this photo. Credit: Tânia Rêgo/Agência...

African Media Poorly Represented at the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations

Kenyan cameraman John Ngaruiya (right) and reporter Zeynab Wandati (centre) interview Mohammed Adow (left) of Christian Aid. There were less than 30 African reporters present at COP24. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS By Isaiah EsipisuKATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) As negotiations at the United Nations conference on climate change come to a close, the highest expectation is that finally, there will...

Costa Rica: First Country to Protect Sustainable Fisheries of Large Pelagics Species

Credit: UNDP By Kifah SasaSAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Dec 13 2018 (IPS) Twelve years ago, in a restaurant in Puntarenas on the pacific coast of Costa Rica, a group of long line fishermen met with three UNDP conservation specialists. The conservationists wanted to understand how best to avoid illegal fishing inside Cocos Island Marine Protected Area, located off the shore of Costa Rica and now a UNESCO...

Not Just the Big Guys Are Against the Compact

A few hours after the adoption of the United Nation’s Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakech, a consortium of Moroccan human rights organisations—La Vie Campesina—held a sit in protest in front of Marrakech’s Grand Post Office, denouncing the compact. Credit: Souleymane Brah Oumarou/IPS By Nalisha AdamsMARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 13 2018 (IPS) A few hours after the...

The Evolution of Moroccan Immigration: a Lesson for All Countries

By Lahcen ElyasminiMARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 13 2018 (IPS) One of the reasons Morocco embraced hosting the Global Compact on Migration is because it is country in which the story of immigration is deeply embedded. The evolution of the Moroccan immigration phenomenon occurred during the second half of the 20th century. The first waves of migrants began at the end of the 1950s and at the beginning of...

Q&A: Making Green Growth a Success Across the Globe

Global Green Growth Institute’s Director General Frank Rijsberman at COP24. GGGI is organising over 15 events at the conference focused on low carbon development, green finance, transparency, capacity development of countries to address climate change etc. Credit: Sohara Mehroze Shachi/IPS By Sohara Mehroze ShachiKATOWICE, Poland, Dec 13 2018 (IPS) When the Global Green Growth Institute’s (GGGI)...