Stories written by IPS Correspondent

New Support Measures Portal for LDCs

The Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), which reviews the membership of least developed countries (LDCs) every three years, last week presented a redesigned version of the Support Measures Portal for LDCs.


Nanotechnology Could Lighten Venezuela’s Oil Footprint

Venezuela is studying the use of nanotechnology as a means of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases caused by the oil industry. Nanotechnology operates at the sub-microscopic scale: a nanometre is a unit of measure equal to one billionth of a metre.

Qatar Launches Global Initiative on Education

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar Wednesday launched a global initiative aimed at delivering “ real progress” towards the goal of bringing quality primary education to the world’s children.

General assembly calls for end to U.S. embargo against Cuba

The 193-member General Assembly Tuesday adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba. This was the 21st consecutive year the Assembly had voted against the embargo.


Trinidad’s Broadcasters Rebel over Govt Airtime Demands

Nearly three years after it came to power promising to uphold press freedom, Trinidad and Tobago’s coalition government is under fire for demanding free airtime from local broadcasters.

World Toilet Day to Focus on Feminine Hygiene Management

World Toilet Day, which is commemorated on November 19, will culminate with a 50-day long advocacy march across India for the Nirmal Bharat Great WASH Yatra, focusing on the emerging issue of “menstrual hygiene management”.

Honduran Police Protest Crackdown on Corruption

Police officers in Honduras are protesting regulatory measures and aptitude tests implemented as part of reforms aimed at purging the police force of corruption and growing links to organised crime.

A Path to Environmental Sustainability & Economic Growth

The conversion of the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) into an intergovernmental body will permit it “to more effectively fulfill our mission” said Boonan Shin,  the South Korean Ambassador for Green Growth.


Dark Days Loom for Malawi Tobacco

The latest proposals by the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to stop farming of the crop could potentially affect about two million livelihoods in Malawi and decide the fate of an entire nation struggling with a sputtering economy.

Legalisation in U.S. States May Prompt Changes in Mexico’s Anti-Drug Policy

The legalisation of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, which will allow the drug to be taxed and regulated, in two U.S. states will prompt debate on anti-drug policies in Mexico as well, and on the coordination of strategies between the two countries, experts say.

UNICEF Attempts to Resolve Birth Registration Lapses

Birth registration, which is considered normal in Western nations, is rare or never recorded in parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, according to the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF.


The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women will provide over $8 million in grants to local initiatives in 18 countries to deal with the growing problem of gender violence.

New Videos Explore Where We Belong

In a world where we all too often end up focusing on differences, we can forget that there are many things that can unite us, whether we are Americans, Brits, Christians, Muslims, Israelis, Palestinians, youth, women or members of any number of other communities, write Kara Hadge and Stephanie Durand.

Voter Suppression Tactics Likely to Affect U.S. Election

Voter suppression has reached new heights in the United States, analysts and experts say, as elected state officials have increasingly resorted to a new and growing generation of voter suppression tactics.

Robert Moses, 92, faces foreclosure on his home. He recently participated in an Occupy movement in San Francisco demanding justice for mortgage holders. Credit: Judith Scherr/IPS

U.S.: Consumer Protection Agency Takes on “Financial Tricks and Traps”

In the wake of the epidemic of home foreclosures, banking scandals and resulting massive financial regulation overhaul two years ago known as the Dodd-Frank legislation, the U.S. government created a new federal agency to protect consumers from being taken advantage of by banks and other institutions.

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