Tuesday , August 21st , 2018  

Annan Denounced Iraqi Invasion as “Illegal” & Criticized Military Leaders Addressing UN

Kofi Annan. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 2018 (IPS) The Secretary-General of the United Nations, who is  a creature of member states, rarely challenges or defies his creators. But Kofi Annan, who died last week at the age of 80, did both. Surprisingly, he lived to tell the tale– but paid an unfairly heavy price after being hounded by the United States. When...

Cambodia: Land rights activist Tep Vanny released from prison following royal pardon

By Amnesty InternationalAug 20 2018 (Amnesty International) Responding to the news that human rights defender Tep Vanny has been released from prison following a royal pardon after more than 700 days in detention, Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations, said: “After more than two years of being unjustly detained for her peaceful activism, the news that Tep Vanny...

An Appreciation – Kofi Annan: A Great Man of Peace & Multilateralism has Left Us

Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcoming in his office Ambassador Chowdhury on first day at work as Under-Secretary-General March 2002 By Ambassador Anwarul K. ChowdhuryUNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 2018 (IPS) I woke up on Saturday morning with the heart-breaking news that our dear Kofi is no more. The peoples of the world are unequivocal in expressing their feelings of the love, respect and recognition that...

Poverty-Stricken Communities in Ghana are Restoring Once-Barren Land

Drone visual of the area in Upper East Region, Ghana that have not been restored. Credit: Albert Oppong-Ansah /IPS By Albert Oppong-AnsahGARU and TEMPANE, Ghana, Aug 20 2018 (IPS) In the scorching Upper East Region of Ghana, the dry seasons are long and for kilometres around there is nothing but barren, dry earth. Here, in some areas, it is not uncommon for half the female population to migrate...

IPS Mourns the Passing of Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan’s outstanding leadership on the global scale has been in the pursuit of the very mission for which the United Nations was created. Courtesy: Kofi Annan Foundation/Johannes Simon By IPS CorrespondentsUNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 2018 (IPS) Dear Nane Annan & Family, The IPS family would like to express our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of a husband, a...

UAE, New Zealand foster food security cooperation

By WAMDUBAI, Aug 19 2018 (WAM) Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security has got a firsthand experience of the New Zealand’ s experience in areas of limnology, and agricultural and food sciences as part of the UAE’s endeavours to develop sustainable food solutions. This came during the minister’s visit to the cities of Wellington, Nelson and Auckland, during which...

Statement by the Secretary-General on the passing of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

By António GuterresUNITED NATIONS, Aug 18 2018 (IPS) Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good.  It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.  In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination. Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was...

Use of Water for Electricity Generation Triggers Outcry in Mexico

Non-governmental organisations in Mexico are promoting a citizen water law to guarantee the human right to water. In the picture, social activists take part in a national workshop on watersheds on Aug. 11-12 in Tlalmanalco, a city in the south-central part of the country. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS By Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Aug 18 2018 (IPS) One of the fears of the people of the Sierra Huasteca mountains...

UN Agencies, Government Distribute LPG Stoves to Rohingya Refugees, Bangladeshi Villagers to Save Remaining Forests

UN agencies and Bangladesh government launch alternative fuel project in Cox’s Bazar to help reduce deforestation linked to Rohingya crisis. Photos: Patrick Shepherd FAO/IOM By International Organization for MigrationCox’s Bazar, Aug 17 2018 (IOM) A major environmental project to provide around 250,000 families with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and gas cylinders has been launched by UN agencies...

Take Charge of Your Food: Your Health is Your Business

Credit: IPS By Sunita NarainNEW DELHI, Aug 17 2018 (IPS) The minimum we expect from the government is to differentiate between right and wrong. But when it comes to regulating our food, it’s like asking for too much. Our latest investigation vouches for this. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)’s pollution monitoring laboratory tested 65 samples of processed food for presence of genetically...