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.

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.

Gender-based violence is a major threat to girls’ education, Says UNGEI

The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) has called for concerted action to develop national plans to end school-related gender-based violence.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Fights to Eradicate Polio

A multifaceted organisation with the goal of providing solutions for the issues facing our global community, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is prepared to tackle 2013 with a renewed focus on its four initiatives.  With a budget of over four billion dollars a year, the Gates Foundation devotes its energies to the divisions of Global Policy & Advocacy, Education in the United States, Global Development and Global Health.

Organ Trafficking Plagues Global Community

With a rise in diseases worldwide that affect the liver, kidney, heart and pancreas, organ trafficking remains a challenge for the international community—a subject that Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI), a non-profit organization, has examined in great detail.

Human Trafficking a Major Challenge to the International Community

Human trafficking continues to pose a major challenge to the international community even though some positive trends are visible, according to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012.

U.S.: A Musical Movement for Liberation

Inside a dimly lit restaurant in New York City's historic Harlem neighbourhood, on an unusually warm night in the middle of February, an audience of 120 people sits spellbound while a forgotten gem is dusted off, polished and presented to the crowd.

BOOKS: In the Shadow World, Only Blood, Gold and Gunpowder

They called themselves the "cut hands commandos" because they lopped off their victims' hands with machetes; the "burn house unit", for the thousands of families who were locked into their homes and roasted alive; the "born naked squad", in reference to the hapless hundreds who were stripped naked and raped before being bludgeoned or burned to death.

Anger Boils Over as Ranks of Jobless Youth Swell

When images of North London's gutted and burning buildings, broken shop windows and refuse-lined streets appeared on TV screens and front-page headlines during the four-day Tottenham riots last August, many dismissed the damage as the work of "hoodlums" and "delinquents".

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