Saturday , July 20th , 2019  

Will a Global Fund Help Deliver UN’s Development Agenda?

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 2019 – The United Nations, which has been tracking both the successes and failures of its highly-ambitious Agenda for Sustainable Development, has warned that “progress has been slow” in many of the 17 Goals after four years of implementation. Described as “a global blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity for people and the planet”, the 2030...

US Leads Donor Funding to Fight HIV/AIDS Amidst Overall Decline

By Caley PigliucciUNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 2019 – Since 2010, donor funding to fight HIV/AIDS in low-and middle-income countries has dropped significantly, according to a new report released here. The study, Communities at the Centre, released July 16 by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), points out a $1.0 billion decline in funding...

Here’s How the World Can Be Better Prepared to Handle Epidemics

In 2019, there are measles outbreaks in the US and Europe; Ebola outbreak in DRC and Uganda and several other infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, Vietnam and South Africa. Credit: Marc-André Boisvert/IPS By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jul 19 2019 – The 2019 G20 Summit was held recently in Osaka, Japan. The Summit ended with the “G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration”, which identifies health...

How China’s Africa Alliance is Shifting World Order

By Daniel YangUNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 2019 – When the United Nations General Assembly met in 2007 to vote on North Korea’s human rights record, only 10 of the 56 African countries voted with the U.S.-led western coalition. The overwhelming majority followed China – either by voting against or abstaining from the resolution. This has not always been the case. Just three decades prior, the...

Einstein Letters Up for Sale During Centennial of Theory of General Relativity

LAS VEGAS, July 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Winner's Auctions Ltd., an international auction house specializing in manuscripts, historic documents, rare maps, coins and more, will host an auction on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 featuring a collection of letters penned by Albert Einstein and written in English, among other rare and historic items. Currently owned by a private party in the United...

Nasdaq and the Iraq Stock Exchange Signs New Market Technology Agreement

STOCKHOLM, Sweden and BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) and the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) have signed a new agreement to extend their market technology relationship. As part of the agreement, Nasdaq will continue providing ISX with matching engine and central securities depository (CSD) technology. This new agreement marks the next chapter of a technology...

How Skills Can Change Lives of World’s Youth

Group photo at the ‘World Youth Skills Day 2019′ commemoration event at the UN Headquarters July 15 By Lakshi De Vass GunawardenaUNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 2019 – When the United Nations commemorated World Youth Skills Day, there was one stark reality that emerged out of the event: the world’s youth account for over a third of the global population of more than 7.7 billion people,...

UN Report Shows Mixed Results in Meeting SDGs

By Daniel YangUNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 2019 – The United Nations launched its 2019 report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), showing inadequate progress in the fourth year into the sustainable development agenda and highlighting the need for imminent global action. Released on the first day of the SDG High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the report evaluates progress made towards the 2030...

Desperation and Fear on the Mexican Border

“Carmen S.” holds her son, 3, at a shelter where they were staying in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, May 2019, after being returned to Mexico under the Trump administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols.” Carmen told Human Rights Watch that she was thinking of trying to cross illegally but was afraid of losing her children. © 2019 Clara Long/Human Rights Watch By Ariana SawyerSAN FRANCISCO,...

Parts of Kenya are Already Above 1.5˚C

Research shows goats and sheep populations in Kenya have increased as the country’s temperatures have increased, in some places above 1.5˚C. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS By Isaiah EsipisuNAIROBI, Jul 18 2019 – Kenya’s getting hotter. Much hotter than the 1.5˚C increase that has been deemed acceptable by global leaders, and it is too hot for livestock, wildlife and plants to survive. Thousands...