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Peace is the North Star During and the Post COVID-19 Pandemic

A landmark handshake-former Prime Minister Raila Odinga & President Uhuru Kenyatta bridge their differences and sign a declaration of peace between the two political leaders. March 9, 2018. Credit: State HouseBy Siddharth Chatterjee and Walid BadawiNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 2020 (IPS) Amid various global conflicts in the 1980s and 1990s, the International...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Forged a New Place for Women in the Law and Society

By External SourceSep 20 2020 (IPS) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has generated an outpouring of grief around the globe. Part of this grief reflects her unparalleled status as a feminist icon and pioneer for women in the legal profession and beyond. There is already considerable interest in what her departure means for the future of the US Supreme...

Wise People Know That Winning a War Is No Better Than Losing One

Liu Bolin (China), Guernica, 2016By External SourceSep 18 2020 (IPS-Partners) From the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research   Dedicated to Soni Prashad, 1929-2020, who spent her life looking for a better world. US President Donald Trump and his ‘war council’ – led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – have amplified their aggression...

Education Cannot Wait Mobilizes an Additional US$23.6 Million to Increase Support for Vulnerable Children and Youth – Already Affected by Armed Conflict, Forced Displacement and Protracted Crises – Now Doubly Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic

By PRESS RELEASENEW YORK, Sep 17 2020 (IPS-Partners) World leaders today committed to expand education in emergency aid for children and youth impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – girls and boys already suffering the brunt of armed conflict, forced displacement, climate-change induced disasters and protracted crises – with a focus on the most marginalized,...

Helping Make Education a Reality for the 75 million Children in Conflict Zones

According to the United Nations, school closures resulting from the pandemic have affected 1.6 billion learners across more than 190 countries. It is estimated that some 23.8 million more children would drop out of school and an additional 5.6 million child marriages can be expected because of the coronavirus pandemic. Education Cannot Wait has appealed...

After 75 Years, UN Claims 50:50 Gender Parity, But Falls Short of its Ultimate Goals

While women have come a long way since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action nearly 25 years ago, they still lag behind on virtually every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Credit: UN Women, IndiaBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 2020 (IPS) When the United Nations was dominated by men, holding some of the highest positions in the staff...

Philanthropy’s Role in the Missing Global Architecture

Some former combatants in Colombia, have now turned to farming following the historic 2016 Peace Agreement. “The capacity of philanthropic individuals and organizations may be small compared to the United Nations and its 193 Member States, but what we lack in size we make up for in independence.” Credit: UN Verification Mission in Colombia/Marcos GuevaraBy...

The Culture of Peace: Change our World for the Better in the Age of COVID 19

The UNAOC Young Peacebuilders is a peace education initiative that is designed to support young people in gaining skills that can enhance their positive role in issues of peace and security and in preventing violent conflict. Credit: UNAOCBy Nihal SaadUNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2020 (IPS) Last year, we paid tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the 1999 Declaration...

A World Without Hunger Is Also About Protecting Food

Controlling the loss and waste of food is a crucial factor in reaching the goal of eradicating hunger in the world. Credit: FAOBy Mario LubetkinROME, Sep 17 2020 (IPS) Concern about food loss and waste has become an increasingly important focus of attention when discussing ways to eliminate hunger which, according to the latest FAO report, already exceeds...

COVID-19 – Possible Human Rights Crisis in Asia as Disparities Expected to Widen

The Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) is concerned by the societal socio-economic impact COVID-19 has created in the region, including the impact on employment and in unpaid care work, impact on health, including reproductive health services, and the impact of domestic violence during lockdowns. Credit: Bhuwan Sharma/IPS By Cecilia...

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