Thursday , June 4th , 2020  

Blog: Making technology an effective weapon in the battle against COVID-19

By Commonwealth economic adviser, Tamara MughoghoJun 3 2020 (IPS-Partners) Imagine a world without the internet and erase the last few decades of technological advancement. Then imagine how governments, schools and businesses would have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues its relentless march around the globe, there have been debates about the effectiveness of response strategies...

The Curious Case of Covid-19 in Africa

Eunice G. Kamwendo is an Economist and Strategic Advisor with UNDP Africa in New York. Chaltu Daniel Kalbessa is a UNDP Fellow and Strategic Analyst with UNDP Africa in New York. By Eunice G. Kamwendo and Chaltu Daniel KalbessaNEW YORK, Jun 3 2020 – With very weak health systems and overall capacity constraints to effectively respond to the deadly coronavirus disease, Africa’s fate against...

How to Transform UN’s Environmental Goals into a People’s Agenda for Africa

Responding to Climate Change. Credit UNEP By Dr Olukoya ObafemiBRANDENBURG, Germany, Jun 3 2020 – The COVID-19 insurgence has highlighted the need for multilateral cooperation among sustainability stakeholders. As the journey towards achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is fraught with imminent global challenges, global environmental leaders agree that now is the...

World Comes Together with $1.35 billion for Yemen

A displaced Yemeni woman stands outside a makeshift shelter that she shares with her extended family. Courtesy: IOM/O. Headon By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 2020 – World leaders gathered on Tuesday to pledge $1.35 billion in aid for Yemen, which currently undergoing what many is the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis”, with Saudi Arabia announcing a contribution of $500 million.  At...

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020

By External SourceJun 3 2020 – My name is Emma, I’m 10 years old, and I live in Canada. I am sharing this video with you, today, because I learned at school that my future – the future of all children – will be determined by what we do together today. The life we lead – from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet a livable place...

How the Great Lockdown Saved Lives

By Pragyan Deb, Davide Furceri, Jonathan D. Ostry and Nour TawkJun 3 2020 – Since the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, the disease has spread to more than 200 countries and territories. In the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, governments worldwide have responded by implementing unprecedented containment and mitigation measures—the Great...

Prioritising Life or the Economy Will Determine the Post-Pandemic Focus in Urban Areas

A recreation of how New York’s Times Square could be transformed as part of the ideas of reversible urbanism which experts are calling for in the wake of the pandemic. CREDIT: PaisajeTransversal.org By Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 2 2020 – The first priority in the COVID-19 pandemic was to save lives, in an effort to avoid even more devastating economic losses if strict lockdown and...

The Music of Madagascar Is Real Star of New Film

By A. D. McKenziePARIS, Jun 2 2020 (IPS-Partners) The film Haingosoa had barely made it onto screens in France when the government ordered a lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Theatres, cinemas, museums and other cultural institutions had to shutter their doors, leaving the arts world scrambling to salvage numerous projects. A.D. McKenzie While the lockdown rules have now been eased, cinemas...

This Year of Living Dangerously

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Jun 2 2020 – Indonesia’s founding President Sukarno delivered his annual Independence or National Day address on 17 August 1964 anticipating the forthcoming year as Tahun vivere pericoloso, the ‘year of living dangerously’. 2020 may well be the world’s turn, and not only due to the obvious Covid-19 threat to the world. Jomo...

Is the Fight for Human Rights & Racial Justice Overriding the Coronavirus Risk?

Black Lives Matter protest in London May 31. Credit: Tara Carey / Equality Now By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 2 2020 – The deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 372,000 people worldwide, has reinforced the concept of “social distancing” which bars any gathering of over 10 or 20 people – whether at a social event, a wedding, a political rally or even a funeral. In...