Sunday , February 17th , 2019  

International Aid Feeds Hope and Fuels Confrontation in Venezuela

“Humanitarian aid now. We need it,” read a banner during a massive demonstration in Caracas on Feb. 12, demanding that international aid blocked at the border of neighboring countries be allowed into the country. The demonstrations were held in 50 towns and cities around the country, in support of Juan Guaidó as acting president and demanding that President Nicolás Maduro step down....

Q&A: Suriname’s President Champions Preserving the World’s Forests

Suriname’s President, Desiré Delano Bouterse, who this week gathered the High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation nations in Paramaribo for a major conference to discuss the way forward. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Desmond BrownPARAMARIBO, Feb 15 2019 (IPS) At the Bonn Climate Conference in 2017, Suriname announced its aspirations to maintain its forest coverage at 93 percent of the land area. For...

Bringing #MeToo to the Fashion Industry

‘Today, We Declare Our Love to Our Forests and Ecosystems’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Yldiz Deborah Pollack-Beighle said the adoption of the Krutu of Paramaribo Joint Declaration on HFLD Climate Finance Mobilisation declaration represents a commitment that no longer would HFLD nations be the ones producing the solution to climate change and global warming without the required financial assistance. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Desmond BrownPARAMARIBO, Feb...

Dismantling Sexual Health Stigma in India

Natasha Chaudhary* is a trainer, coach and strategy consultant working to strengthen people-powered work. She is a Director at Haiyya, an Indian youth led feminist non-profit organization specializing in grassroots campaigning and consulting. By Natasha ChaudharyNEW DELHI, Feb 15 2019 (IPS) Results from a survey with young and unmarried women suggest that as low as 1% of women have received information...

Q&A: What of the Carbon Neutral Countries?

By Desmond BrownPARAMARIBO, Feb 14 2019 (IPS) As High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) nations meet in Suriname at a major conference, it is obvious that the decision made by these countries to preserve their forests has been a difficult but good one. “It is a choice that governments have to make to determine whether they want to continue being custodians of the environment or whether they...

The Role Technology Can Play in Fighting Climate Change and Deforestation

Engineer Roberto Wong Loi Sing says technology has a very crucial role to play in fighting climate change and deforestation. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Desmond BrownPARAMARIBO, Feb 14 2019 (IPS) At 51, Roberto Wong Loi Sing has spent nearly half of his life working in the field of engineering. But as he spends his days designing more efficient stormwater management systems, or water purification...

Rapa Nui’s Stone Statues and Marine Resources Face Threats from Climate Change

The Hidden Economic Costs of Displacement

The city of Mogadishu now hosts more than 600,000 IDPs—one-third of the total figure in the East African nation. This dated picture shows one of the many refugee camps outside of Somalia’s capital which played host to almost 400,000 famine refugees who fled to Mogadishu for aid at the height of the 2011 famine. A year later they had still been living in refugee camps and some eight years later...

CPJ joins call for Nigeria to ensure internet and social media services remain connected during elections

An electoral worker prepares identity card and biometric verification readers, at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, northern Nigeria, on February 14, 2019. CPJ joined a call for Nigeria to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during the upcoming elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) By Editor, CPJFeb 14 2019 (IPS-Partners) (CPJ) – The Committee...