As always with rich reports like these, there is too much valuable info to squeeze into one article, so I’m making use of this space to draw [...]
IPS’ General Director Mario Lubetkin is about to speak at the U.N. High-level Forum on a Culture of Peace in New York today.
Lubetkin’s participation high-lights the importance of the press in creating peace culture through its role as both documenters and public opinion makers.
Realising that importance, IPS has run a number of [...]
If you at all wonder why water – like most development issues, really – is a women’s issue, I urge you to invest five minutes of your time today and chow down on some recent numbers emerging from World Water Week in Stockholm.
Not only is women’s personal development hampered by disproportionate water-collection duties, their [...]
This week, as minds here in New York and elsewhere are inevitably drawn back to 9/11 and its aftermath, the U.N. General Assembly (GA) will once again discuss the worldwide promoting a Culture of Peace.
This begs the question: what exactly is it?
As my lead suggests, it’s not the first [...]
For those who missed it, last week U.S. President Obama’s new “deferred action” immigration program went into effect, halting the immediate deportation of young undocumented immigrants and allowing them to apply for work permits instead – which they did by the thousands.
In light of the ongoing immigration debate [...]
Valerie Amos, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed the press yesterday on her recent trip to Syria and Lebanon.
In her opening statement, Amos expressed concern that the humanitarian situation has visibly worsened since her last visit in March and cited government figures of 1.2 million people currently seeking shelter [...]
As Beyonce’s video celebrating World Humanitarian Day continues to make its rounds through the internet, humanitarian workers on the ground in the drought-affected Sahel arguably have bigger fish to fry as they try to stave off deteriorating conditions in Niger and Mali amidst staggering shortages in relief funding.
As I reported last month, [...]
Last month, I wrote on a new report that showed the U.N. is increasingly using Private Military Security Contractors (PMSCs) for its field missions – a practice which is endangering the U.N.’s legitimacy as an organisation championing human rights, according to the author.
A number of these companies, like Dyncorp International, have been [...]
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