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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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).
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
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