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 20th 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 TerraViva Special Marks ICPD’s 20th Anniversary
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Global, United Nations
June 26th, 2014
During his visits to New York and Johannesburg in May and early June, IPS Director General Ramesh Jaura attended the Board meetings of IPS North America and IPS Africa, and was confirmed as a new board member of the two regional organizations. He availed of the opportunity to interact with colleagues based in New York and reporting from the United Nations as well as those operating from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ramesh Jaura (second from left) with IPS Africa staff and some board members from left to right, Tafadzwa Rafemoyo, Nqabomzi Bikitsha, Govin Reddy (outgoing IPS Africa Board Chairperson), Paula Fray, Kervine Phiri, Kudzai Makombe and Nalisha Adams.
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June 1st, 2014
Introducing IPS to United Nations organizations in Vienna and charting out a strategy to bridge these to the world body’s headquarters in New York was an important objective of IPS Director General Ramesh Jaura’s visit May 14-16 to the Austrian capital. He was accompanied and supported by Ambassador Dr. Walther Lichem, Vice Chair of the Inter Press Service (IPS) International Association, the world’s leading information and communication channel for promoting the global agenda and global governance.
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Global, United Nations
May 23rd, 2014
IPS Africa, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is holding a reporting on inequalities workshop from May the 22nd – 23rd. The workshop seeks to enhance journalists’ understanding of and reporting on inequalities to enable them to write analytical and thought provoking stories on this key issue. According to the U.N. Research Institute for Social Development, income inequalities between and within countries have worsened in recent decades, with citizenship and location continuing to determine life chances despite globalisation. Meanwhile, in Africa, the number of people living in poverty has doubled since the 1980s. Join the conversation on twitter, using the hashtag #incomegap
April 30th, 2014
IPS completed early April the first half-a-century of concerted efforts to balance the systematically unbalanced flow of information between the South and the North, acting as the voice of the South and promoting South-South understanding and communication.
This event coincides with a new phase in IPS life – marked by new challenges emerging from rapid advance of communication and information technologies, globalization and the world financial crisis, which is severely impacting not only the low-income and middle income economies but also the high income ones, causing deeper social inequalities, and greater imbalances in international relations.
These challenges encourage IPS to further consolidate its proven experience in heralding the voice of the voiceless, the millions of marginalized human beings, and to continue informing about the deep transitional process which most of the countries of the South have been undergoing.
With this in view, IPS has launched a process of intensive in-house consultation aimed at harnessing the innate strength of the organization, optimizing its editorial and administrative capacity to build on its professional and human resources, and to rethink ways of implementing the IPS mission in a situation that is different from that in 1964, when Roberto Savio and Pablo Piacentini co-founded the organization, which has survived the tempests of time thanks due to the unstinting commitment of ‘IPS-ians’ in their capacity as donors, advisers, administrators, writers, contributors and editors (RJ).