Stories written by an IPS Correspondent

Religious Leaders, Legislators in Nuclear Abolition Call

Leaders of major religious faiths and interfaith networks, joined forces with parliamentarians and mayors, to call on world leaders to “commit to nuclear abolition and to replace nuclear deterrence with shared security approaches to conflicts.”

Press Freedom in Europe in Peril, Says CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in a new study released here, says press freedom in Europe is in peril and the European Union has a moral imperative to defend this right and hold its member states accountable.

Five Environmental Leaders Receive Champions of Earth Award

Five “inspirational environmental leaders” have received the UN’s highest environmental accolade, the “Champions of the Earth Award”, at a ceremony Sunday marking the close of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit.

A $25 Billion Pledge to End Preventable Deaths by 2030

As the summit meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came to a close, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced over $25 billion in initial commitments, spanning five years, to help end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, and ensure their health and well-being.

“Protecting Cultural Heritage – an Imperative for Humanity”

Jordan and Italy are leading efforts to protect cultural heritage worldwide – and specifically in war-ravaged Middle East.

Flashflood Forecast System Launched in Bangladesh

A flash flood forecast system launched in Dhaka last week is expected to help about three million farmers in Bangladesh.

Human Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times

In its annual report released Thursday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges.

Five Journalists Killed As Gunmen Ambush Convoy in South Sudan

Reporting in war zones continued to prove hazardous once again as five journalists were killed on Sunday when unidentified gunmen ambushed an official convoy in South Sudan's Western Bahr al Ghazal state, according to news reports.

U.N. Emergency Fund Doles Out $100 Million for Aid Operations

The U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has earmarked about $100 million to boost life-saving relief work in Syria and 11 other countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low.

2014 Worst on Record for Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Last year was the worst on record for rhino poaching in South Africa, with a total of 1,215 rhinos poached in 2014, an average of more than three animals per day or 100 per month.

African Energy Leaders Group Launched at Davos

The African Energy Leaders Group (AELG), launched last week, is aimed at bringing together political and economic leaders at the highest level to drive the reforms and investment needed to end energy poverty and sustainably fuel the continent’s economic future.

Global Civil Society Launches Internet Social Forum

A group of civil society organisations from around the world has announced the Internet Social Forum (ISF), to bring together and articulate bottom-up perspectives on the 'Internet we want'. Taking inspiration from the World Social Forum, and its clarion call, 'Another World is possible', the group seeks to draw urgent attention to the increasing centralization of the Internet for extraction of monopoly rents and for socio-political control, asserting that 'Another Internet is possible'!

Ebola Impact on Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone Remains Crippling, Says World Bank

The Ebola epidemic is continuing to cripple the economies of the three worst affected countries in Africa, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, even as transmission rates in the three countries show significant signs of slowing, according to an analysis by the World Bank Group.

Partnerships Essential for SDGs, says UNIDO Director General

The Director General of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) sees a critical role for partnerships in the successful implementation of the U.N.’s proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Finns’ Conception of World Poverty is Gloomier than Reality

A survey commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs reveals the Finns’ conception of world poverty is much gloomier than reality.

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