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April 7th, 2015

Japan ranks among some of the major project partners of IPS. Since April 2009, thanks due to the efforts of IPS Japan, we have been carrying out a media project with the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) on raising awareness for a world free of nuclear weapons. In April 2014, SGI entrusted us with a new project aimed at fostering ‘global citizenship’.

Presenting Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada printout of a photo of Indian Peepal tree, stressing expectation for a long-term partnership between IPS and SG.

Presenting Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada printout of a photo of Indian Peepal tree, stressing expectation for a long-term partnership between IPS and SG.

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More about: Asia & Pacific, Global
March 18th, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Lansana Fofana – a courageous and dedicated journalist ​from Sierra Leone, ​who spent his life in pursuit of the under-reported story – working for IPS, BBC, and SABC, among others.

 

Lansana Fofana. Courtesy of Awoko Newspaper

Lansana Fofana. Courtesy of Awoko Newspaper

A graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree from Fourah Bay College, Fofana wrote dozens of stories for the IPS wire dating back over a decade. He covered war, military coups, FGM, child soldiers, the post-war tribunal, and of course the battle to contain Ebola.

 

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More about: Africa, Global
November 29th, 2014

As politics, economies, conflicts and cultures become increasingly intertwined, will individual identities also begin to transcend national boundaries? The elusive nature of “global citizenship” was noted by Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona, at an IPS Forum on Global Citizenship on Nov. 18 at the Sri Lankan Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “The concept of global citizenship has challenged the minds of humans for a very long time although its exact definition has never really crystallised,” Kohona said.

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury chaired the Forum on Nov. 18, 2014 in New York at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations. Credit: Roger Hamilton-Martin/IPS

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury chaired the Forum on Nov. 18, 2014 in New York at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations. Credit: Roger Hamilton-Martin/IPS

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More about: Global
November 28th, 2014

A meeting of the IPS Core & Support Group was held for the first time in New York on November 17. It was motivated by the 50th anniversary of Inter Press Service, which was set up the same year (1964) as the Group of 77 – now counting 134 countries – and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN hosted the meeting, reflecting the support Sri Lanka diplomats have extended to IPS over the years in different capacities and international fora within and outside the framework of the UN system.

IPS Core & Support Group Meeting 2014

 

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November 19th, 2014

December 1938 was a decisive month in human history: In Germany, the scientists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered that when bombarded with neutrons, the atomic nucleus of uranium would split.

The discovery of nuclear fission laid the basis of nuclear technology with all its manifestations – in the short term, the most destructive weapon ever devised and used a few years later in the Second World War.

But God is fair, He unleashed a force of good at the same time: Back in 1938, nearly the same day that Otto Hahn publicised his discovery, a very special boy was born on the other side of the planet in Sri Lanka. His name: Jayantha Dhanapala. In the town of Pallekelle, which later became home to one of our monitoring stations – but to that later.

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