Friday , November 16th , 2018  

E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics

By Thalif DeenNEW YORK, Nov 16 2018 (IPS) A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world’s largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing “dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams.” The protest is part of a coordinated global campaign against a growing health hazard...

GGGI Coastal Landscape Restoration and Bio-economy Scoping Mission to the Ayeyarwady Delta

By GGGINov 16 2018 (GGGI) The Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GGGI on February 9, 2017 to collaborate in implementation of green growth strategies and projects; and to strengthen the government’s institutional framework for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of national greenhouse gas emissions, climate change adaptation and mitigation actions and support....

Gender equality key to green growth in Lao PDR says new policy brief, potentially adding USD 3.7 billion to annual GDP by 2025

By GGGIVientiane, Nov 16 2018 (GGGI) Improving gender equality can have a profound effect on economic growth and is integral to maximising green growth, according to a new policy brief by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The policy brief focuses on the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), identifying some of the barriers to inclusive green growth, gender equality and poverty reduction...

Rohingya Protest Against Return to Myanmar and Halt Repatriation

Rohingya refugees protested on Thursday, Nov. 15, against their voluntary repatriation to Myanmar. Credit: Mohammad Mojibur Rahman/IPS By Naimul HaqCOX’S BAZAR/DHAKA, Nov 16 2018 (IPS) Thousands of Rohingya refugees in camps in Cox’s Bazar, the southern-most coastal district in Bangladesh, protested on Thursday, Nov. 15, against an attempt to send them back to Myanmar. The voluntary repatriation...

2018 World Tolerance Day: Executive Director of the Geneva Centre appeals to decision-makers to sign and endorse 2018 World Conference outcome declaration

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Nov 16 2018 (Geneva Centre) On the occasion of the 2018 World Tolerance Day, the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director Ambassador Idriss Jazairy has called upon decision-makers worldwide to sign and endorse the declaration “Moving towards greater spiritual convergence worldwide in support of equal citizenship rights.” Idriss Jazairy The latter was adopted as an outcome...

IOM Launches ‘Holding On’ Campaign: A Virtual Reality Experience of Internal Displacement

Holding On VR exhibitions have been held in ten locations around the world since July. The Holding On digital campaign launched yesterday. Credit: IOM By International Organization for MigrationGENEVA, Nov 16 2018 (IOM) Marking the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched the ‘Holding On’ digital campaign yesterday (15/11) to...

Kenya Looks to Lead the Way in Developing the Blue Economy’s Potential

While Africa is bordered by two oceans and two seas, African-owned ships account for a tiny fraction – just over 1 percent – of the world’s shipping. Much of Sierra Leone’s indigenous fishing continues to be carried out by traditional methods and, aside from boats’ engines, remains unmechanised and labour intensive. Credit: Travis Lupick/IPS By Ambassador Macharia KamauNAIROBI, Nov...

Mexico-US migration: What can data tell us?

By International Organization for MigrationNov 15 2018 (IOM) Douglas Massey, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, shares his views on data and migration between the US and Mexico. This interview took place during first International Forum on Migration Statistics, organized by OECD, IOM and UN DESA between 15-16 January 2018.

Earth’s Biodiversity: A Pivotal Meeting at a Pivotal Time

Zainab Samo, along with her son and daughter, planting a lemon seedling on her farm in Oan village in Pakistan’s southern desert district of Tharparkar, to fight desert’s advance and for windbreak. Credit: Saleem Shaikh/IPS By Cristiana Pașca Palmer and Anne LarigauderieSHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt , Nov 15 2018 (IPS) The quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink depend...

Africa Set for a Massive Free Trade Area

(From left) African Union chairperson and president of Rwanda Paul Kagame, president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou and African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the launch of AfCFTA in Kigali in March 2018. Credit: Office of President Paul Kagame By Kingsley IghoborUNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 2018 (IPS) Following the unveiling of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in Kigali,...