Thursday , May 24th , 2018  

Unlocking Private Finance for Developing Countries’ Green Growth

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has installed 750 kilowatt hours of photovoltaic panels, which it says reduced its carbon emissions by 800 tonnes annually. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS By Friday PhiriPEMBA, Zambia, May 23 2018 (IPS) Climate finance has never been more urgently needed, with massive investments in climate action required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the devastating...

When Two Becomes One: Blending Public and Private Climate Finance

The Erie Shores wind farm in Ontario, Canada. Credit: Denise Morazé/IPS By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 23 2018 (IPS) With the landmark Paris Agreement now almost two years old, funding for climate-related activities continues to be a challenge. However, efforts have been underway to bring two seemingly very different sectors together to address climate change. While developed countries...

IOM, Partners to Assist Business Leaders in Combatting Human Trafficking

The Interactive Map report gives an overview on the current stakeholder landscape on human trafficking. Photo: Modernslaverymap.org By International Organization for MigrationLONDON, May 23 2018 (IOM) The Interactive Map for Business of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives and Organisations was launched yesterday (22/05) at the British Telecom Centre in London. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, as part...

Media Watchdogs Fear a Chill in Slovakia

Mass protests in Slovakia in the wake of the killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova led to the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, Interior Minister and head of police. Credit: Ed Holt/IPS By Ed HoltBRATISLAVA, May 22 2018 (IPS) International media watchdogs, EU politicians, journalists and publishers have condemned Slovak police investigating...

A Natural Climate Change Adaptation Laboratory in Brazil

Two workers manually select umbús-cajás, in the factory of the Ser do Sertão Cooperative, in Pintadas, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, while the fruit is washed. It is the slowest part of the production of fruit pulp from fruits native to the semi-arid ecoregion, in a project with only female workers. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS By Mario OsavaPINTADAS, Brazil, May 22 2018 (IPS) The small...

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week to explore role of industry convergence in accelerating sustainable development

By WAMABU DHABI, May 22 2018 (WAM) Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings, has announced its theme for its next edition, which takes place from 12th to 19th January, 2019. ADSW 2019, under the theme “Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development,” will explore how industries are adapting to the digital transformation underway...

Swedish PM ahead of the ILO Conference: It’s not arm wrestling

Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven. Credit: ILO By Erik LarssonSTOCKHOLM, May 22 2018 (IPS) There’s not one answer, no single solution, Stefan Löfven replies to a question about what the most important focus for the global labour market was. – But it must work much better than what it does today. It must be more inclusive and safer. The Swedish Prime Minister adds that it is important...

Lesotho Constitutional Court declares criminal defamation unconstitutional

A woman casts her ballot in general elections at a polling station in the village of Nyakosoba, Lesotho, on June 3, 2017. Lesotho’s Constitutional Court declared criminal defamation unconstitutional on May 21, 2018. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP) By Editor, CPJNEW YORK, May 22 2018 (CPJ) The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed yesterday’s ruling by Lesotho’s Constitutional...

$1.7 Trillion Global Spending on Military in 2017: Highest since End of Cold War

A military helicopter flying during a drill. Credit: Simon Fitall By Maged SrourROME, May 22 2018 (IPS) According to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in total, countries around the world spent $ 1.739 billion on arms in 2017. Although there was a marginal increase of 1.1 percent rise in real terms on 2016, the total global spending in 2017 is the...

“See a child begging? Call the police!” UN Migration Agency Calls on Ukrainians to Fight Child Exploitation

People taking photos as part of IOM’s interactive counter-trafficking installation in the heart of Kyiv. Credit: IOM/V.Shuvayev By International Organization for MigrationKyiv, May 22 2018 (IOM) We see them in the metro. We see them in pedestrian tunnels. We see them in the streets. Every day we see begging children, but usually we just ignore them. To call on Ukrainians to see the reality in...