Global Issues

The Causes Behind Africa’s Digital Gender Divide

MAPUTO, Sep 14 (IPS) – Systemic inequalities based on gender, race, income and geography are mirrored in the digital realm and leave many women, especially the poor and the rural, trailing behind Africa’s tech transformation. Read the full story, “The Causes Behind Africa’s Digital Gender Divide”, on globalissues.org →

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Kofi Annan, the Last UN Secretary-General Who Paid for His Independence

ROME, Sep 14 (IPS) – Roberto Savio is co-founder of IPS Inter Press Service and President EmeritusThis testimony to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, comes a month after his death. Much has already been written, and it is now superfluous to recall his efforts for peace and international cooperation. It is better to place his […]

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‘Women Not Speaking at the Same Table as Men’ Means a Widening Digital Gender Gap in Africa

MAPUTO, Sep 14 (IPS) – ‘Think Bigger’, urge the colourful posters on the walls of Ideario, an innovation hub in Chamanculo, a modest neighbourhood in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital. The message is right on target for the new female trainees, eager eyes glued to laptop screens as they learn internet and computer skills. Read the full story, […]

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Worldwide Effects of Asbestos Use

WALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 14 (IPS) – Emily Walsh is the Community Outreach Director with the Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceEarlier this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States (EPA) issued a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) on asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is also a known carcinogen. Asbestos is the only definitive cause […]

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25 years Since the Oslo Accords: Israeli Security Depends on Palestinian Rights

OSLO, Norway, Sep 14 (IPS) – Jan Egeland is Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. He co-organized the secret talks between Israel and Palestine that led to the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Twenty-five years ago, on 13 September 1993, I sat on the White House lawn to witness the landmark signing of the Oslo […]

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Preservation of the Klamath River – a Life or Death Matter for the Yurok People

KLAMATH, California, USA, Sep 13 (IPS) – Fishermen are scarce in the Klamath River delta, unlike other fishing season, because climate change has driven up water temperatures which kills off the salmon, the flagship species of this region in northern California. Read the full story, “Preservation of the Klamath River – a Life or Death […]

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Global Warming Threatens Europe’s Public Health

VIENNA, Sep 13 (IPS) – Climate change and health experts are warning of the growing threat to public health in Europe from global warming as rising temperatures help potentially lethal diseases spread easily across the continent. Read the full story, “Global Warming Threatens Europe’s Public Health”, on globalissues.org →

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South-South Cooperation in a Transformative Era

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 13 (IPS) – Jorge Chediek is Director, UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation.On 12 September, the international community commemorated the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. This is an important acknowledgement of the contributions of Southern partnerships in addressing the many development challenges that confront […]

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A Personal Remembrance of and a Tribute to Kofi Annan on the Occasion of the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum

Sep 13 (IPS) – Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn is President of the World Food Prize Foundation When Kofi Annan passed away just last month, I issued a statement on behalf of the World Food Prize that said: “Kofi Annan’s vision in creating the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to ensure global food security for all […]

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