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April 21st, 2014

IPS Arabic ServiceIPS Arabic has been re-launched early April as an integral part of its multi-lingual daily services, offering some 400 million people in 22 States in the Arab region a view of the world distinctly different from that of the mainstream media.

The Arab region is not only an indivisible part of the global South, which is a cornerstone of IPS coverage. It is also one of the world’s most vibrant areas, which despite heavy odds is steadily moving towards the achievement of democracy, human rights and social equality.

IPS news and analyses have been made available in Arabic as adjunct to media projects in the last nearly seven years. During this period, IPS Arabic succeeded in finding inroads into a domain where information has been traditionally, largely dominated by the western media. More than 150 Arab print and online media started using IPS Arabic Service.

The Arabic Service will be an integral part of IPS regular services, in addition to the daily English, Spanish, French, Flemish, German, Portuguese and Swedish services as well as the biweekly in Japanese and the weekly in Finnish.

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April 15th, 2014

The Inter Press Service (IPS) International Association has initiated a new media project with the Tokyo-based Soka Gakkai International (SGI) for “strengthening awareness of the need for education for global citizenship and sustainable development.” The project embraces issues such as environment, development, peace, and human rights.

Hirotsugu Terasaki, Vice-President of Soka Gakkai and Executive Director of Peace Affairs of Soka Gakkai International (left) with Katsuhiro Asagiri, President of the Inter Press Service Japan

Hirotsugu Terasaki, Vice-President of Soka Gakkai and Executive Director of Peace Affairs of Soka Gakkai International (left) with Katsuhiro Asagiri, President of the Inter Press Service Japan

It particularly includes an agreement to follow up on the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) decade which ends this year. Another dimension of the project is to keep track of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on their way to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With this in view, on behalf of IPS International, Katsuhiro Asagiri, President of Inter Press Service Japan (right), exchanged project documents with Hirotsugu Terasaki (left), Vice-President of Soka Gakkai and Executive Director of Peace Affairs of Soka Gakkai International on April 13, 2014 in Tokyo. IPS and SGI are also partners in another media project for the sixth consecutive year, which aims at strengthening awareness of the need to abolish nuclear weapons. Visit www.nuclearabolition.info

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April 1st, 2014

ramesh_n_jauraThe Board of IPS meeting on 1st April 2014 unanimously elected Ramesh Jaura as the new Director General of IPS Inter Press Service. Mr. Jaura is a professional journalist and an experienced moderator and facilitator specialising in inter-cultural communication, globalization, international development cooperation, nuclear disarmament, culture of peace, and civil society. He is a German national of Indian origin with a long and distinguished career both inside and outside of IPS.  Mr. Jaura has led the German bureau of IPS since 1987 and served as Director of IPS Europe from 2002-2008.

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March 18th, 2014

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IPS Africa, with the support of the Heinrich Boll Foundation Southern Africa, has published a handbook for journalists titled Climate Governance in Africa. It was launched recently in Abuja, Nigeria at a climate governance consultative workshop for journalists.
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January 24th, 2014

Mario Lubetkin, the Director General (DG), is leaving his position with IPS at the end of January 2014 to take up the role of Director of Communication at the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome. A search and selection process for a replacement of Mr. Lubetkin has been underway since the end of November 2013 when Mr. Lubetkin announced his resignation and the vacancy was publicized. Applications were received through December 2013 and interviews with short-listed candidates are being held in January 2014. This selection process is nearing its conclusion, with an announcement of the new DG expected soon.

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