Friday , April 10th , 2020  

Kerala Covid-19 Response Model for Emulation

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 2020 – Within weeks, the Covid-19 epidemic was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an epidemic of international significance, triggering a pre-agreed WHO response. By the end of the first week of April, more than 1.3 million people had been confirmed as infected, with over 65,000 deaths across the world. Anis...

10 Ways Young People are Leading the Way Against COVID-19

A graphic shared in Hashim’s #AgirContreCOVID19 Twitter Chat to stop misinformation. By External SourceApr 9 2020 (IPS-Partners) As the world grapples with unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, young people are demonstrating their continued leadership in their communities and countries. According to a new UN plan to address COVID-19, young people are some of the most affected...

Alive Amidst the Mayhem of COVID-19 – A Sex Worker’s Story

By Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Apr 9 2020 – For a Bangladeshi woman, who has worked as a sex worker since childhood, her future post-COVID-19 looks hopeless. Shilpy, who works at Daulatdia, the largest brothel in the country, told IPS how she now also fears for the future of her two daughters. “When I was born, the woman my mother worked for gave everyone rice pudding as a celebration. This is...

Covid-19 & its Impact on the Work of Disarmament

Credit: United Nations By Izumi NakamitsuUNITED NATIONS, Apr 9 2020 – Humanity has faced no challenge greater than COVID-19 since the Second World War. As this rapidly developing global health emergency places unprecedented strain on our medical, economic and social systems, we must work hard to prevent new risks for instability, unrest and conflict. The pandemic arrived as our frameworks...

The Fierce Urgency of Now

By Yasmine SherifApr 9 2020 (IPS-Partners) We are living in a crisis unprecedented since World War II: COVID-19. The pandemic brutally sweeps across the globe, where we already face a massive global learning crisis and multiple brutal humanitarian crises. How much more can those left furthest behind in forced displacement and armed conflicts take? Across 26 countries of conflicts and forced displacement,...

Un and Partners Request $267.5 Million to Respond to Humanitarian Needs Arising from COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya

By PRESS RELEASENAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 9 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Government of Kenya, the United Nations and humanitarian partners have launched today a Flash Appeal requesting $267.5 million to respond to the most immediate and critical needs of10.1 millionpeople. Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning, UkurYataniKanacho, said: “When times are challenging you get to know your friends...

Helping the homeless of Rome combat COVID-19

Credit: Martina Martelloni / INTERSOS By Elena L. PasquiniROME, Apr 9 2020 (IPS-Partners) Behind the Tiburtina Station, in the East of Rome, with just a small covered area protecting from the inclemency of the weather, sleeping close to each other is the only way to stay warm. A boy of Ivorian origin is alone, far from everyone, in the centre of the sidewalk, exposed to a freezing wind. ‘He told...

COVID-19 and Hope for a Compassionate Future

By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 9 2020 – The Coronavirus, COVID-19, makes its deadly round across the world. People fall sick and die, communities and entire nations end up in its deadly grip and try to cope with it. Everything is changing, and changing fast and we all have to deal with it together, even if many of us are being physically apart. Humans are social beings. Our mental and physical...

Killer of Slovak Journalist Sentenced as Rights Groups Await further Convictions

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in protests across Slovakia in the weeks after journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova were killed, eventually forcing the resignation of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister. Credit: Ed Holt/IPS By Ed HoltBRATISLAVA, Apr 8 2020 (IPS) Journalists and rights activists have welcomed the jailing of a man for the murders of Slovak investigative...

The old normal is ending

By Saleemul HuqApr 8 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Covid-19 pandemic is still having severe impacts on many countries and it is not at all clear how long it will take to play out globally. However, the scale and rapidity of the crisis has already revealed a number of aspects of the global economy and governance that we used to think were unchangeable realities. After the crisis is finally over, we will...