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October 8th, 2014

IPS-Inter Press Service Director General Ramesh Jaura addressed a special session of the Group of 77 (G-77) plenary meeting at the U.N. in Vienna on October 7, stressing that IPS was the world’s leading provider of news and analysis on sustainable development. He told ambassadors of the group comprising 134 developing nations that IPS was set up the same year as the G-77 and UNCTAD.

Since 1964, the IPS news agency had been committed to giving voice to the voiceless and making that voice heard by the international community. In the process, IPS had also been cooperating closely with the G-77. This cooperation included developing joint media products.

Jaura invited the G-77 to join hands with IPS on a new platform for promoting global governance through adequate information and communication.

The session was presided by the Philippine Ambassador Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, who took over the G-77 chair recently from Sri Lankan Ambassador Abdul Azeez. Ambassador Azeez initiated the move to invite IPS to a special session of the G-77 plenary meeting at the U.N. in Vienna. He praised IPS’ commitment to projecting the perspectives and concerns of the countries of the South in its news and analysis from around the world.

IPS draws focus of the G-77 Plenary Meeting at the U.N. in Vienna

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October 6th, 2014

IPS extends a warm congratulations to our reporter Desmond Brown for winning the Best Print Story in the recently concluded 4th Regional Excellence in Agricultural Journalism Awards (2014), presented by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). His submission Fishing Communities Will Face Warmer Acid Oceans was adjudged the winner out of a very competitive field of entries in the Best Print Story Category.

Desmond Brown

Desmond Brown

Desmond joined IPS as a contributor in February 2012 and has anchored IPS’s Caribbean Climate Wire since November 2013. His stories have won two previous CARDI awards: Excellence in Print Journalism (2013) and the Best Print Story Category (2012) for Anguilla Battles a Shrinking Coastline.

You can follow him on Twitter @BrownBerry2013

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September 23rd, 2014

Twenty years ago, 179 governments gathered in the Egyptian capital Cairo for the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), to agree on a blueprint for tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems at the time, including poverty, population growth and gaping inequalities between men and women.

The conference ended with the adoption of the ICPD Programme of Action, a remarkable document that reflected an unprecedented consensus among nations that human rights – including and especially the rights of women and girls, and access to sexual and reproductive health and rights – were prerequisite to sustainable development.

As the international community marked the 20​th anniversary of the ICPD, IPS took this opportunity to celebrate the successes, reckon with the failures and reflect on some of the most pressing challenges that still remain.


IPS-UNFPA Terra Viva Special Marks ICPD's 20th Anniversary

IPS-UNFPA TerraViva Special Marks ICPD’s 20th Anniversary


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August 14th, 2014

IPS Asia-Pacific editor and staff writer Kanya D’Almeida was invited to participate in a historic gathering in Cape Town, South Africa – the quadrennial meeting of the 93-year-old War Resister’s International (WRI) – from July 4 to 8.

IPS Asia-Pacific editor and staff writer Kanya D’Almeida participates in a theme group on climate change at the War Resisters International conference in Cape Town, July 4-8, 2014. Credit: Ecosocialist Horizons

IPS Asia-Pacific editor and staff writer Kanya D’Almeida participates in a theme group on climate change at the War Resisters International conference in Cape Town, July 4-8, 2014. Credit: Ecosocialist Horizons

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August 14th, 2014

IPS UN Correspondent Joan Erakit was invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to be part of a seven-week media mission to Haiti, Sierra Leone, Niger, Ethiopia, Burundi, Madagascar and Laos. Erakit travelled to remote areas within each country to look specifically at reproductive health and family planning.

UN Correspondent Joan Erakit interviews young women about early marriage, reproductive health and education at a “Safe House” in Niamey, Niger. July 4, 2014. Credit: Joan Erakit

UN Correspondent Joan Erakit interviews young women about early marriage, reproductive health and education at a “Safe House” in Niamey, Niger. July 4, 2014. Credit: Joan Erakit

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