Tuesday , June 18th , 2019  

As Sudan Struggles, AU Should Press for Justice and Accountability

View of the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Credit: UN Photo/Antonio Fiorente. By Carine Kaneza NantulyaWASHINGTON DC, Jun 18 2019 – On June 6, the African Union (AU) suspended Sudan from the 55-member group with “immediate effect.” The move came in response to a deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters in Khartoum, in which government forces, led by the paramilitary...

Desertification ‘More Dangerous and More Insidious than Wars’

Grenada has been spearheading the fight against desertification at local, regional and global levels. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Desmond BrownANKARA, Jun 18 2019 – Businesses are being encouraged to follow the lead of the youth to halt desertification, reduce degradation, improve agricultural sustainability and restore damaged lands. “The youth is a very particular case. The youth give...

The Importance of the Upcoming FAO Election

By Kip TomROME, Jun 18 2019 – With each passing day, the world gets just a little smaller as the internet and cell phones bring our communities together, reveal our shared challenges, and lay bare our failures. As global citizens, we are all concerned about the growing number of hungry people around the world and the threats to food security. The simple fact is that more than 800 million people...

UN’s Development Goals Remain Largely Elusive

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 2019 – The United Nations, in a new report to be released next month, has warned “there is no escaping the fact that the global landscape for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has generally deteriorated since 2015, hindering the efforts of governments and other partners” And the commitment to multilateral cooperation,...

There’s No Continent, No Country Not Impacted by Land Degradation

On all continents you have the issue of land degradation, and it requires governments, land users and all different communities in a country to be part of the solution. Credit: Albert Oppong-Ansah /IPS By Desmond BrownANKARA, Jun 17 2019 – The coming decades will be crucial in shaping and implementing a transformative land agenda, according to a scientist at the United Nations Convention to...

Air Pollution Ranked as Biggest Environmental Threat to Human Health

By Emily ThampoeUNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 2019 – In a world that is becoming more and more industrial by the day, air pollution appears to be on the rise. While there have been efforts in major cities to combat the grave effects that pollution can have on the overall health of its citizens, there is still more progress to be made. Karen Beck Pooley, a Professor of Practice of Political Science...

South Africa’s First Carbon Farm

Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is a small, succulent tree that is native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. It can easily be grown from cuttings, which can survive even in dry conditions (Photos by Tim Christophersen / Florian Fussstetter) By Tim ChristophersenNAIROBI, Jun 17 2019 – Land restoration could attract large private investments in the fight against climate change over the...

The Implacable Desertification of Planet Earth

Desertification does not refer to the expansion of deserts, but rather the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, primarily as a result of human activities and climatic variations. Credit: Campbell Easton/IPS By Baher KamalMADRID, Jun 17 2019 – Yet another under-reported human-made disaster: the relentless desertification of Planet Earth that may make uninhabitable...

Sol-Gel Technologies to Host Analyst & Investor Day on July 25, 2019

NESS ZIONA, Israel, June 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sol–Gel Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLGL) ("Sol–Gel" or the "Company"), a clinical–stage dermatology company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing branded and generic topical drug products for the treatment of skin diseases, will host an Analyst and Investor Day on Thursday, July 25,...

VBI Vaccines Announces Positive Top-Line Results from PROTECT, a Pivotal Phase 3 Study of Sci-B-Vac®

Both co–primary endpoints successfully met "" including non–inferiority in all adults age 18 years, and superiority in adults age 45 years Seroprotection rates four weeks post–3rd vaccination of Sci–B–Vac vs. Engerix–B were statistically significantly higher in key subgroup analyses of adults age 18 years No safety signals observed "" safety...