Stories written by Kanya D'Almeida
Kanya D'Almeida is a Sri Lankan journalist, currently based in Washington D.C. Kanya joined IPS as a United Nations correspondent in October 2010, where she covered the Millennium Development Goals with a strong focus on gender and ecological justice in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the problems of neocolonial development in the global South. As IPS's Washington, D.C. correspondent, she monitors the global impacts of the Bretton Woods institutions, United States economic and foreign policy in the global South, the actions of transnational corporations and both national and international ecological crises. Kanya earned her B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she completed a double major in political science and fiction writing, and produced a book of essays and short stories on women and war in Sri Lanka.

Journalists Mark Another Year of Persecution

The world’s leading media watchdogs – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) – Wednesday released their annual press freedom reports, analyzing the overall global climate for information providers.

U.N. Strives for “Zero Corruption”

With some 40 billion dollars lost every year to corruption in the developing world alone, the United Nations has repeatedly called on member states to practice transparency and good governance. 


Orphaned by Poverty

Seated at a table in the dimly lit café in Philadelphia’s public library, Carolyn Hill looks no different from her fellow diners. A few minutes of conversation, though, are enough to reveal the extent of her distress.

When Families Fear “Human Services”

It is nearly impossible in this day and age to turn on the news without hearing about systemic racial discrimination in the United States.

U.N. Security Council Greenlights CAR Peacekeeping Mission

Following on the heels of a deadly explosion in the town of Boali, about 100 kilometres northwest of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, which left 12 dead and 30 severely wounded, the United Nations Security Council Thursday approved an African-led peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn country.

U.N. Says No to 21st Century Slavery

They number some 21 million, spanning the globe from Asia to Africa to Latin America. The conditions under which they toil mark them out as the wretched of the earth. They receive no protection from their governments and even the international community has failed them by allowing the practice to continue unchecked. 

No Mention of GMOs on World Food Day

This year, thousands of people around the globe are marking World Food Day in a spirit of somber reflection. With 860 million people going hungry every year, the question of how to feed the planet’s population has never been more pressing.

U.N. Celebrates the “Backbone” of Humankind

On any given, one in every eight people on this planet wakes to the sharp pangs of hunger and no hope of a meal. In total, 860 million people go hungry every year.

Everywhere, Every day, Women Face Discrimination

Their stories are often lost beneath the pile of headlines on war, politics or economic collapse, but a few determined crusaders are refusing to let the issue of women’s rights get pushed under the rug.

U.N. Sued for Haiti Cholera Epidemic

A cholera epidemic that has so far killed at least 8,300 people in Haiti, and is suspected to have infected about 650,000 others since its outbreak in 2010, is now the subject of a lawsuit against the United Nations.

Latest Factory Fire in Bangladesh Must Be the “Last”, ILO Says

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 25 miles north of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, the town of Gazipur became the site of yet another tragedy involving the South Asian country's massive garments sector.

How to Tell the Biggest Stories of Our Times

What does gorilla conservation have in common with the provision of contraceptives to women? How does rural-urban migration contribute to global warming? What does city planning in Kenya have to do with coastal erosion in the Philippines?

The Club of Rome Calls for Emergency Actions on Climate Change

Leading experts on climate change and energy gathered at the UN this week to stress the need for urgent action and procedural reform to allow major changes to the world’s energy systems.

Sustainable Development Goals Need Science

Scientific experts from developing and developed countries participating in the Open Working Group (OWG), established  last January,  gathered in New York City to deliver their early deliberations on the way science can impact on the UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Journeys to School, A Global Political Agenda

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at a press conference at  the opening of the exhibit “Journeys to School,” a joint project by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), VEOLIA TRANSDEV and SIPA Press.  Carried out in December of 2012, eighteen photojournalists in over thirteen different countries were commissioned to capture the journeys of young children as they travelled to school.

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