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
April 1st, 2014
The Board of IPS meeting on 1st April 2014 unanimously elected Ramesh Jaura as the new Director General of IPS Inter Press Service. Mr. Jaura is a professional journalist and an experienced moderator and facilitator specialising in inter-cultural communication, globalization, international development cooperation, nuclear disarmament, culture of peace, and civil society. He is a German national of Indian origin with a long and distinguished career both inside and outside of IPS. Mr. Jaura has led the German bureau of IPS since 1987 and served as Director of IPS Europe from 2002-2008.
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March 25th, 2014
left: Ambassador Walther Lichem, Vice-chair of the IPS-Inter Press Service International Association; right: Ambassador Nassir Abdul Aziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations
The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and IPS-Inter Press Service International Association (IPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “to enhance their cooperation in the fields of intercultural and inter-religious interaction and cooperation in all areas of joint interest and responsibility.” The MoU was signed by Ambassador Nassir Abdul Aziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Ambassador Walther Lichem, Vice-chair of the IPS-Inter Press Service International Association, at the IPS offices in Rome on March 24.
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March 18th, 2014
IPS Africa, with the support of the Heinrich Boll Foundation Southern Africa, has published a handbook for journalists titled Climate Governance in Africa. It was launched recently in Abuja, Nigeria at a climate governance consultative workshop for journalists.
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