Sunday , September 15th , 2019  

UNAIDS and WHO Africa Leaders Should Prioritize Women’s Health

Winnie Byanyima. Credit: Marianela Jarroud/IPS. By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Sep 13 2019 – Two African women were recently appointed to top global health positions: Winnie Byanyima as the Executive Director of UNAIDS and Dr. Matshidiso Moeti reappointed as the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. Already, Ms. Byanyima is focusing on human rights as a way to end the...

Translating Ambition to Action: High Hopes for United Nations Action Week

Cameron Diver is Deputy Director-General, the Pacific Community (SPC) By Cameron DiverNew Caledonia, Sep 13 2019 – In less than 10 days, countries from around the planet will come together in New York for the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit. I look forward to representing the Pacific Community (SPC) at this important event, and throughout “Action Week” during...

AfDB ‘s Solar Project Aims at Making Africa a Renewable Power House

Credit: AfDB By Razeena RaheemUNITED NATIONS, Sep 13 2019 – When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the International Solar Alliance last October, he applauded the goal of mobilizing about $1 trillion dollars towards the deployment of some 1,000 gigawatts of solar energy by 2030. “It is clear,” he said, “that we are witnessing a global renewable energy revolution.” That...

G5 Sahel Summit: African Development Bank, partners, commit to light up and power the Sahel with the Desert to Power initiative

By African Development BankOuagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sep 13 2019 (IPS-Partners) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, has arrived in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, ahead of the G5 Sahel Summit, and was received by Burkina Faso’s president, Mark Roch Christian Kaboré. The Burkinabe president applauded the Bank’s Desert to Power initiative, and also highlighted...

The Boiling Crab Announces Second International Licensing Agreement

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Boiling Crab , popular for serving fresh, simply prepared seafood and shellfish in a casual environment, has finalized their second international franchise license agreement. The new agreement is with Full Feeling Global, Inc., based in Manila, and covers Republic of the Philippines (Philippines), a strategically important market. The...

Three Questions to Wale Shonibare, Acting VP, Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth

By African Development BankSep 13 2019 (IPS-Partners) The Desert to Power initiative is an ambitious and innovative partnership-driven initiative of the African Development Bank to transform the Sahel and Sahara region through the deployment of solar technologies, at scale, in eleven countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. Bank...

Big Power Conflicts are Increasingly Taking Place in Outer Space

Space exhibition at the United Nations in Vienna. Credit: UNIS Vienna By Daniel A. PorrasGENEVA, Sep 12 2019 – Nearly every article on ‘space security’ begins with the acknowledgement that satellites and space-based services are critical for modern societies. And with good reason. Space technologies provide tools that enable worldwide communications, remote sensing and global navigation....

Calls for Reform, Research and Reorganisation in Leprosy Healthcare

The 20th International Leprosy Congress (ILC) is being held Sept. 10 to 13 in Manila, Philippines. The conference is hosted every three years and was last held in China in 2016. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 12 2019 – Rachna Kumari of Munger in Eastern India’s Bihar state is not yet 30. But she’s already been married at 18, abandoned by her husband after she was...

A New World? Are the Americas Returning to Old Problems?

By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Sep 12 2019 – When I in 1980 first arrived in America it was a new world to me. I went from New York to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and like so many visitors and migrants before me I was overwhelmed by both familiar and strange impressions. Familiar due to books I had read and movies I had seen, strange since I encountered unexpected things and new...

Nothing For Us, Without Us – Hansen’s Disease-Affected Tell International Gathering

Jennifer Quimno of the Coalition of Leprosy Advocates of the Philippines (CLAP) (centre) is joined by Sri Lanka’s Shagana Thiygalingam (L) and Amarasinghe Manjula (R) after Quimno delivered the recommendations presented by the Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease to the International Leprosy Congress in Manila on September 11. Credit: Ben Kritz/IPS By Ben KritzMANILA,...