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From the U.N. Perspective

When IPS commemorated its 50 anniversary with four articles in mid-August 2014, the United Nations singled out its intensive news coverage of the developing world focusing on social and politico-economic issues, including poverty, hunger, population, children, gender empowerment, education, health, refugees, human rights, disarmament, the global environment and sustainable development. 

 

Congratulating IPS, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was quick to applaud IPS’ “relentless focus on issues of concern to the developing world – from high-level negotiations on economic development to on-the-ground projects that improve health and sanitation”.

“I thank IPS for raising global public awareness about matters at the heart of the U.N.’s agenda, and I hope it will have an even greater impact in the future,” he added. In its advocacy role, IPS was in the forefront of a longstanding campaign, led by world leaders, activists and women’s group, for the creation of a separate U.N. entity to reinforce equal rights for women and for gender empowerment.
 

 

 

U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri, deputy executive director of U.N. Women, praised IPS for its intensive coverage of sustainable development and gender empowerment. She said IPS has been “a leader” in realizing a more democratic and equitable new information, knowledge and communication order in the service of sustainable development in all its dimensions: social, economic and environmental. More…

 

 

Jayantha Dhanapala, a former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, said there is special significance in the fact that this anniversary is being celebrated together with the Group of 77 and UNCTAD highlighting the umbilical link with the developing world of the global South.  More…

 

 

 

 

 

When the United Nations launched a new series in 2004 drawing attention to the “10 Most Under-Reported Stories of the Year”, IPS was far ahead of the curve having covered at least seven of the 10 stories in a single year: AIDS orphans in Africa; Women as Peacemakers; the Hidden World of the Stateless; Policing for Peace; the Girl Soldier; Indigenous Peoples and a Treaty for the Disabled.

 

 

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, a former U.N. Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Public Information (DPI), who originated the series, recounted the role of IPS in covering under-reported stories. Reiterating his comments, Tharoor said: “I have followed IPS’ reporting for three decades, and worked with them at close quarters during my media-related assignments at the United Nations.” More…

 

 

 

 

Media and NGOs

Barbara Crossette, a former U.N. Bureau Chief for the New York Times (1994-2001) and currently U.N. correspondent for The Nation and contributing writer and editor for PassBlue, said: “I am among those many journalists who follow the IPS reports daily, not only for insight into events and people at the United Nations, but also — and maybe more so — for coverage of global news from the perspective of the developing world. More…

Described by some as “a socially responsible media”, IPS has consistently advocated the cause of civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) worldwide.

James Paul, who monitored U.N. politics for over 19 years as executive director of the New York-based Global Policy Forum, said IPS has made a tremendous contribution to the movement for global justice over the past 50 years. It is hard today to imagine the world as it was then, in 1964, a moment when colonialism was ending, when the democratic spirit was running strong, when there was a worldwide movement to seize the institutions and transform them, he added. More…

Cora Weiss, International Peace Bureau, Hague Appeal for Peace, said: “Every day IPS’ (electronic newsletter) TerraViva, brings news I cannot find any place else. It’s news that matters”. And it’s news that gives voice to people who are under recognized, news that covers issues critical to our well being and survival, she added.

“I appreciate your coverage of women, of threats to peace, of nuclear weapons and policies to abolish them, of climate change affecting islands and islanders, and so much more. Keep it coming!,” Weiss said.

 
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