Friday , June 22nd , 2018  

Ukraine Puts Water Strategy High on Development Agenda

A lake in Ukraine, which has a relative scarcity of naturally-occurring water supplies in populated areas. Credit: Vitaliy Motrinets/cc by 4.0 By Ed HoltKIEV, Jun 21 2018 (IPS) A campaign to raise awareness of water security in Ukraine could be an inspiration around the world, activists behind it say, after it forced a change in the country’s approach to its water resources. After almost five years...

America First or America Alone?

By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 2018 (IPS) The United States’ move to withdraw from the Human Rights Council will have “reverberations” throughout the world in years to come, say human rights groups. This week, the U.S. announced its intention to withdraw from the 47-member Human Rights Council, accusing it of bias against Israel. “The Human Rights Council has been a protector...

Countries are Using Domestic Laws to Criminalize Health Care

Dr. Dainius Pūras is UN Special Rapporteur on “the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”. By Dr. Dainius PūrasGENEVA, Jun 21 2018 (IPS) Ambulance drivers attacked, nurses detained, doctors tortured, pharmacists arrested, dentists facing more than a decade in prison—all for delivering healthcare to people considered enemies of...

Finding My Migrant Voice

By International Organization for MigrationVienna, Jun 21 2018 (IOM) Bärli Nugent, Assistant Dean, the Juilliard School of Music, New York, reflects on the journey that led to her curating a musical selection for a unique concert presented by the United Nations Migration Agency at the UN Vienna Headquarters on June 28 As a first-generation American on my Austrian mother’s side, I was a deeply shy...

UAE stresses keenness to deal with Human Rights Council mechanisms with honesty and transparency

By WAMGENEVA, Jun 20 2018 (WAM) The UAE has reiterated its keenness to deal with the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council with honesty and transparency within the framework of mutual respect, constructive dialogue and fruitful cooperation. The country also reaffirmed its belief that all people share common rights – regardless of colour, gender or race – saying a universal understanding...

Chairman of the Geneva Centre: World Society Must Express Greater Solidarity for Refugees Worldwide

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Jun 20 2018 (Geneva Centre) Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, has appealed to international decision-makers to express greater solidarity to destitute refugees from the Arab region and to work jointly to address the protracted refugee crisis. The Geneva Centre’s Chairman made this call to action on...

Oil industry stands on threshold of historic step change in demand for its products: ADNOC CEO

By WAMABU DHABI, Jun 20 2018 (WAM) Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, said that the oil and gas industry stands on the threshold of an historic step change in the demand for its products, driven by growth in every major market. Speaking at the opening keynote session, at a seminar titled, “Sustainable Global Energy Future” of the 7th OPEC International...

Looking to the Sky for Solutions to Mexico’s Water Scarcity

Photomontage by the organisation Isla Urbana, a pioneer in the promotion of rainwater harvesting as part of a new model in the management of water supply and consumption in Mexico, where the benefits of the system to get access to water are recreated in informal settlements in the west of the capital. Credit: Isla Urbana By Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Jun 20 2018 (IPS) Twenty-five years ago, Mexican...

A Journey from Science to Diplomacy: Rescuing Somali Migrants Stranded in Libya

Somali migrants, once stranded in Libya, arrive home in Somalia via an IOM charter flight. Photo: UNSOM Somalia/2018 By International Organization for MigrationSomalia, Jun 20 2018 (IOM) As the sun begins to rise, 150 migrants welcome their first morning on Somalia’s soil in, what is for some, years and, others, months. Disembarking an IOM, UN Migration Agency, charter flight from Libya, at the...

EU Funds Giant Research Project on Migration

Migrants being loaded on to a cargo plane in Kufra. Credit: Rebecca Murray/IPS By Bibiana PieneOSLO, Jun 20 2018 (IPS) What is the relationship between migration and development? And why do people choose to leave or stay in their home countries? Those are among the questions an international research project will explore. The project, estimated to cost about 5 million euros, is the largest ever...