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.
While in New York from May 19 to 23, he met with Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, IPS North America Chair, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson of the U.N. Secretary General as well as executive directors or their deputies and communication chiefs of UNFPA, UN Women, UNDP and the UNICEF. Together with IPS North America Director and U.N. Bureau Chief, Thalif Deen, he also held talks at the UN Foundation and Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) New York.
During the visit to Johannesburg, South Africa, from May 28 to June 1, IPS DG interacted with IPS Africa staff and gained perspective on this regional office’s strategic direction, opportunities and challenges as well as to meet with Johannesburg-based IPS partners.
IPS Africa is currently partnering in the region with the UNFPA, UNICEF and UNAIDS, reporting the goal to get to zero new HIV infections, youth sexual and reproductive health rights as they relate to early child marriage and HIV and the nexus between gender based violence and HIV.
The IPS Africa regional office, headed by Kudzai Makombe, is increasingly providing a holistic perspective of Africa in its growth and development, focusing on what the continent is doing for itself in business, trade and natural resource exploitation, science and technology innovation, arts and culture, climate governance, economic migration and a host of other areas relevant to the continent and through the eyes of ordinary people.
IPS North America and particularly the U.N. Bureau there are playing a crucial role in making IPS presence felt among diplomatic missions from around the world, not the least by reporting social and economic issues on the anvil at the world body.More about: Africa, Global