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Young People are Key to a Nicotine-free Future: Five Steps to Stop them Smoking

Credit: Bigstock By External SourceCAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 31 2020 – Tobacco use kills more than 8 million people each year. Most adult smokers start smoking before the age of 20. This implies that if one can get through adolescence without smoking, the likelihood of being a smoker in adulthood is greatly reduced. Preventing young people from becoming addicted to tobacco and related products...

Elimination of Leprosy

Traveling man: the Goodwill Ambassador shares a joke with two residents of a leprosarium in Krantau, Uzbekistan during a visit in 2013. By External SourceMay 29 2020 (IPS-Partners)   Warm greetings from Sasakawa Health Foundation in Tokyo. The 100th Issue of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s Newsletter has been published. Read special interviews with the Goodwill Ambassador and the UN Special...

COVID-19 – UN Urges World Leaders to Act Now to Avert ‘Unimaginable Devastation’

COVID-19 has resulted in hunger and famine at historic proportions, with some 60 million people pushed into extreme poverty and half the global workforce — 1.6 billion people — left without work, and $8.5 trillion in global output lost. The setback in attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs) has been tremendous and unless global leaders act now, the devastation will be unimaginable....

An Appeal to UN’s Budget Committee: It’s no Time to Cut Back on Child Protection

UNICEF installation on the North Lawn at the UN Headquarters in New York highlights the grave scale of child deaths in armed conflicts during 2018. Credit: UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi By Dragica MikavicaNEW YORK, May 29 2020 – On February 26 this year, 15 South Sudanese children were released from armed groups and handed over to civilian child protection actors, including UNICEF and UNMISS,...

COVID19 and Its Impact on Pacific Island States

Regional efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have so far proven successful. Image Credit: Pacific Community By William W. EllisTORONTO, May 29 2020 – By now, the impact of COVID19 on our daily lives has been well documented, especially in advanced economies. Anxiety about the future continues to grow everywhere. Much of the corporate news coverage we consume has focused on the toll this...

FXCM Group Reports Monthly Execution Data

LONDON and SYDNEY, Australia and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FXCM Group, LLC (“FXCM Group” or "FXCM"), a leading international provider of online foreign exchange trading, CFD trading, cryptocurrencies and related services, today released execution data for April 2020. To view execution data including historical spreads, execution speeds...

Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls Under Lockdown

Protest against anti-abortion law in Opole, Poland. Credit: Iga Lubczańska. By External SourceBEIRUT / GENEVA, May 28 2020 – Health systems around the world are prioritising health care services and equipment to treat people diagnosed with Covid-19, which means that many procedures deemed to be elective and non-essential are being suspended or simply not provided. Abortion, for instance,...

Triple Emergencies of COVID-19, Flooding & Locusts Makes Somalia Susceptible to Human Trafficking

Head of the Department for the Fight Against Smuggling and Human Trafficking, Abdiwakil Abdullahi Mohamud told IPS that pointed out that it was not possible to control all Somalia’s borders as they had limited resources available. Credit: Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar/IPS By Shafi’i Mohyaddin AbokarMOGADISHU, May 28 2020 – While simultaneously suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, flooding...

IITA banana research paper in Wiley’s Plant Pathology journal among the most downloaded

George Mahuku, IITA plant pathologist and lead author of the paper. By External SourceMay 28 2020 (IPS-Partners) A paper published by a team led by scientists from IITA was among the top 10% most downloaded of all papers published between January 2018 and December 2019 in Wiley’s Plant Pathology journal. The research team received the news in a congratulatory message and an online certificate...

Memo from a Multi-Millionaire: Covid-19 Proves Business Case for Taxing the Rich

Health workers applause back to the public applauding them. Madrid, Spain, 22 March 2020. Credit: Burak Akbulut By Djaffar ShalchiCOPENHAGEN, May 28 2020 – For the past few decades, many big corporations and very wealthy individuals have operated according to the myth that they are “self-made”, that their success owed nothing to anyone else. From that narrative has come the notion that...