Inter Press ServiceVideo – Inter Press Service http://www.ipsnews.net News and Views from the Global South Sun, 27 May 2018 01:35:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 World Press Freedom Day 2018http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/04/world-press-freedom-day-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=world-press-freedom-day-2018 http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/04/world-press-freedom-day-2018/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:08:05 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=155456 The theme for the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day is “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law,” focussing on the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and prosecution of crimes […]

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World Press Freedom Day 2018

By IPS World Desk
ROME, Apr 25 2018 (IPS)

The theme for the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day is “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law,” focussing on the importance of an enabling legal environment for press freedom, and gives attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and prosecution of crimes against journalists..

Only 13% of the world population enjoys a free press, where coverage of politics is robust, the safety of journalists is guarateed, and state intrusion in media affairs is minimal. A partly free press to 42% of the world population. The remaining 45% lives in countries where a free press is non-existent (“New Report: Freedom of the Press 2017”). Political and economic transformations of some countries alongside their technological developments place new restrictions on press freedom.

 

 

Governments of these countries tend to implement restrictive laws and censorship on freedom of press, usually justifying these actions as a necessary tool for national security against terrorism. Apart from violating the right of freedom of expression, these restrictions place higher risks of violence, harassment and death on journalists.

Since the year 2000, annual incarceration of journalists has continued to increase globally, with many of them never seeing the inside of a courtroom.  In 2017, 81 journalists died whilst committed to their jobs – 66% of them were murdered.

According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, violence and restrictions against media freedom has risen by 14% in the time period of 2012-2017. At the same time, since 2016, media freedom in countries where it was ranked as “good” decreased by 2.3%.

Among the countries that suffered the largest declines on the report’s 100-point scale in 2016 were Poland (6 points), Turkey (5), Burundi (5), Hungary (4), Bolivia (4), Serbia (4), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (4).

The world’s 10 worst-rated countries and territories were Azerbaijan, Crimea, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Turkmenistan.

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We Are Migrants: Teasing Italian Taste Budshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2018/04/migrants-teasing-italian-taste-buds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=migrants-teasing-italian-taste-buds http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/04/migrants-teasing-italian-taste-buds/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:12:09 +0000 Maged Srour http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=155397 Atik and Said have many things in common. They are both from Bangladesh, both are about the same age, in their thirties and, they are both migrant workers in an Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome, a stone’s throw from Saint Peter’s Basilica. They are not the only migrants working in the food service […]

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By Maged Srour
ROME, Apr 23 2018 (IPS)

Atik and Said have many things in common. They are both from Bangladesh, both are about the same age, in their thirties and, they are both migrant workers in an Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome, a stone’s throw from Saint Peter’s Basilica. They are not the only migrants working in the food service industry in Italy, where most of the pizza makers today are Egyptians and most of the Chefs are either Bangladeshis or North Africans. This is an interesting phenomenon in a country known for its cuisine where many of the Chefs today are not locals but foreigners.

The “culinary melting pot” Italy, after several years of decline in the food sector, has become a trendy sector for many young people who are attracted to food preparation as an art where talented young Chefs are commanding handsome wages amidst a growing sense of excitement about learning how to cook delicious, healthy dishes as highly qualified Chefs do. Not surprising at all, considering the importance of food in Italian culture. It is surprising though that despite increased interest of the younger generation of Italians in the art of cooking, restaurant kitchens are seeing greater numbers of migrant workers as Chefs and sous Chefs and helpers, considering especially that these are not “undesirable” jobs any longer, such as that of a farmer (mainly because the latter is considered to be more labour intensive).

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) estimates that there are 132,397 Bangladeshi migrants regularly residing in Italy (January 2017). Among these migrants, the rate of employment is 63.8%, which is definitely a positive asset for them and for the Italian economy, that is still suffering from the financial crisis of the past recent years.

This IPS correspondent sat down with Atik and Said at the restaurant where they work, near the Vatican. The two Bangladeshis opened up and shared their stories about how they entered Italy, a typical day at work for them, what they like and what they don’t like in their new country of residence and about their families they left behind.

In response to most questions both Atik and Said had similar views . When asked if they wish to open up their own businesses like several returning migrants have done in Bangladesh or in Italy, Atik and Said said almost in chorus, “It depends on if we are able to reach a certain level of expertise to run a restaurant on our own. If we can we would certainly consider that” said Atik. Both of them stressed that they would need a lot of financial resources to do that and, since they are regularly sending money back to their families in Bangladesh and they also have their own expenditures in Italy, they cannot think of investing in their own entrepreneurial projects now, but maybe in five to ten years from now after they have saved substantial sums, the idea could be feasible. Indeed, many Bangladeshis in Italy have set up small and medium sized enterprises such as grocery shops, internet points and cafes which are sustainable and profitable at the same time.

“I always miss my family even though I hear from them every single day” stated Said. “I speak to them at least two or three times a day” he added. “When I have a call with my family” said Atik “either with a video call on Skype or not, they always cry, always”. When asked if he cries as well, he hessitated for a moment and said “In front of them, I compose myself and I don’t cry, but when I am alone, it turns to be ‘heart-wrenching’ for me”. Atik added that being the only child it is very difficult for his patents not to have him with them especially during the many festivities.

Said spoke about his wife and a one year old child who live with his parents back home. While they are well looked after, it is not an ideal situation to be so far away from his dear ones. However, he emphasized that he is fortunate, unlike many others without jobs . His job is enabling him to build a sustainable future for his family and he thinks it is worth the sacrifice. And, after so many years in this country he has come to like living in Italy and says that he doesn’t have any complaints. Atik stated that he is grateful for what he has learned and that every day, he learns the best aspects of Italian cooking that is renowned for its healthy aspects. Both Atik and Said could not find anything negative to say when asked what they did not like about living in Italy. They expressed concern for their other country folks in Italy who are without jobs and hoped that they would soon find employment as it is very hard to live without any income especially when their families back home are relying on their remittances.

Both Atik and Said entered Italy from France where they arrived about a decade ago on tourist and student visas. Once in italy, both were able to find jobs with help and guidance from other Bangladeshis who were already here and as a result of them being employed, their documents to live in Italy were processed in a reasonable amount of time.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) estimates that there are 132,397 Bangladeshi migrants regularly residing in Italy (January 2017). Among these migrants, the rate of employment is 63.8%, which is definitely a positive asset for them and for the Italian economy, that is still suffering from the financial crisis of the past recent years.

At a recent event on the occasion of the 47th year of independence celebration in Rome, the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Italy, Abdus Sobhan Sikder, highlighted the contribution of Bangladeshi migrants in Italy and thanked the Italian government for accommodating the large numbers, adding that their contribution to Italian society as a group of hard working people is well recognised and respected by the Italians.

These migrants send substantial remittances to their home country while at the same time they contribute significantly as migrant workers in the host country, where many job fields are not attractive to Italian youth. It is therefore a win win for both countries. It is undeniable that the Bangladeshi migrants have become a pillar for the Italian economy.

Valerio Mattaccini, head Chef at the restaurant where Atik and Said work states, “These are two people of great moral substance and integrity. Anyone would love to have them in their team; their contribution is measured not only in terms of the day to day regular activities they are involved in, such as preparing the ingredients for the day’s menu or setting up everything for the service, Atik and Said are incredibly dedicated and work with others demonstrating respect for all. They are very appreciative of the opportunity to learn through work and have deep esteem for the society they have embraced to live in. They are key pillars of the restaurant. I am so pleased to see how quickly they have learned, especially all the secrets of Italian cuisine ! I should thank them for their commitment and the collaboration they extend every single day”.

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World Autism Awareness Day 2018

By IPS World Desk
ROME, Mar 28 2018 (IPS)

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a name that covers a range of similar disorders affecting a person’s interaction, communication and behaviour.

Asperger Syndrome is included in this range.

Its causes remain unknown, but one in sixty-eight children are diagnosed with ASD, and these numbers are on the rise globally.

This year, World Autism Awareness Day will be observed at the United Nations with particular emphasis on the importance of empowering women and girls with Autism.

In a world where gender imbalances are pervasive, women and girls with disabilities experience gender-base violence, abuse and socio-economic marginalization at disproportionately higher rates.

World Autism Awareness Day is our opportunity to enable them with a humanity that is often lost in today’s modern world.

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World Water Day – Nature for Waterhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2018/03/world-water-day-22-march/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=world-water-day-22-march http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/03/world-water-day-22-march/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:22:45 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154882 The UN General Assembly will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028) on World Water Day, 22 March 2018. According to UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak, outlining his priorities for 2018, the event will “contribute to the review of SDG 6” during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable […]

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World Water Day

By IPS World Desk
ROME, Mar 19 2018 (IPS)

The UN General Assembly will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028) on World Water Day, 22 March 2018. According to UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak, outlining his priorities for 2018, the event will “contribute to the review of SDG 6” during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

This year’s theme Nature for Water explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.

When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.

Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 – includes a target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.

World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water – the UN’s inter-agency collaboration mechanism for all freshwater related issues – in collaboration with governments and partners.

 

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Wake Up And Stop Rohingya Abuseshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2018/02/wake-stop-rohingya-abuses/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wake-stop-rohingya-abuses http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/02/wake-stop-rohingya-abuses/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:32:58 +0000 Staff Correspondent http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154518 “This is clearly, clearly, clearly genocide that is going on by the Burmese government and military against the Rohingya people."
 

Mairead Maguire
 

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Nobel Peace laureates -- Yemen's Tawakkol Karman and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire -- in tears hearing the harrowing tales of Rohingya refugees at Thyangkhali camp in Ukhia yesterday. Photo: Video grab

By Staff Correspondent
Feb 27 2018 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)

No one would realise better than a woman how it feels when a child is snatched away from the arms of a mother and slaughtered, a man is murdered before the eyes of his wife, or a girl is raped.

That is what happened to countless Rohingya women back in Rakhine State of Myanmar.

As three Nobel laureates listened to such harrowing tales of tortured women and children one by one in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, they could not hold tears back.

The trio, all of them mother themselves, then urged Myanmar’s de facto leader and their fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out about violence against the Rohingyas, often dubbed one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

They implored her to “wake up” to the brutalities, warning she otherwise risks prosecution for “genocide”.

The three Nobel Peace Prize winners — Tawakkol Karman, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire — demanded those responsible for the atrocities in Rakhine should be hauled to the International Criminal Court.

“We appeal to Aung San Suu Kyi, our sister laureate. Think of your children being pulled off your arms, because you are a mother, and massacred and villages burnt,” said Maguire, who is from Northern Ireland.

“Don’t deny the Rohingya people their right to life,” she said in an emotion-choked voice after listening to the Rohingya women at Thyangkhali refugee camp in Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar yesterday.

A violent military crackdown launched last August sent 700,000 Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh, sparking an unprecedented humanitarian emergency in the border district where the refugees are now sheltered in teeming, squalid camps.

Accounts of mass killing, rape, looting, burning of villages and shooting of civilians kept coming with the refugees over the months, while global condemnation poured in for the army campaign which the UN termed a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing”.

Nobel Peace Laureate from Northern Ireland Mairead Maguire talking to a Rohingya refugee during her visit to Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on Sunday. Photo: AFP/collected

Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman said it is time Aung San Suu Kyi woke up, or she will be one of the perpetrators of the crime.

“If she could not stop all this crime, she has to resign now. It is very important,” she said, adding Suu Kyi otherwise could be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court.

“We, women Nobel laureates, call for those criminals prosecuted at the ICC … so we don’t expect our sister Aung San Suu Kyi to be one of them in the future. If she will continue her silence, she will be one of them.”

The Nobel laureates came to Bangladesh on Saturday and began a visit to the Rohingya camps to assess the allegations of violence against Rohingya women and the overall refugee situation.

The Nobel Women’s Initiative, a platform of six female peace laureates established in 2006, is organising the visit in partnership with Naripokkho. On Sunday, they visited the refugee camps in Kutupalang and Balukhali.

They held a meeting with Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam in Cox’s Bazar yesterday morning and visited the refugee camps in Thyangkhali.

The three laureates, who all through their lives have fought for human rights and democracy, expressed their anger at the inaction of world leaders over the Myanmar crisis.

The UN Security Council discussed the Rohingya issue several times but failed to take any concrete action against Myanmar that had denied the minority people citizenship and rights to education, movement, healthcare etc.

The Rohingyas have been fleeing since 1980s and the latest influx that began on August 25 last year is the largest, raising the number of refugees in Bangladesh to over a million.

In the first 10 days of this month, about 1,500 Rohingya crossed over from Myanmar.

‘CLEARLY GENOCIDE’

“Every single woman we met said they were raped, they lost families. One woman’s baby was taken off and butchered by the Myanmar soldiers. This is clearly clearly clearly genocide that is going on by the Burmese government and military against the Rohingya people,” added Maguire.

Terming it an orchestrated attempt to remove the Rohingyas out of Myanmar and out of history, she said the Nobel laureates reject the genocide policy of Myanmar.

“We reject this genocide policy of the Burmese government. They will be taken to the ICC and those who are committing genocide will be held responsible.

“As a human family, we cannot allow genocide of a whole people. The world must act,” said Maguire, who spent her life in bearing witness to oppression and standing in solidarity with people living in conflicts.

“We have, as a human family, to remove impunity because a people and military think they can kill and slaughter little children because this is a slaughtering way of allegiance in a massive massive scale. Where is our world going?”

An official briefing the three female Nobel Peace laureates — Iran’s Shirin Ebadi (left), Mairead Maguire and Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman — as they visit the Thyangkhali camp yesterday. Photo: AFP/collected

She further said, “The international community has to say enough is enough and we all have to raise our voices and not remain any more silent.”

Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman said the Rohingyas are really facing genocide, a massacre, but the international community has “disappeared”.

“It is shame for all of us, for the international community that they are silent in front of the genocide,” she said, calling for the perpetrators of the crimes to be held accountable and tried at the international court.

The first Arab woman to win Nobel Peace Prize, Karman said the sufferings of the Rohingyas have been going on for decades under the eyes of the world.

“Now we are seeing an ethnic cleansing. That’s shameful with the world, shameful that these women have been raped and their children slaughtered. The worst crime is that they have been displaced from their homes, their country.

“Now this is a real real appeal to the international community, the UN and the Security Council to wake up. It is the time now to wake up.”

Later, Karman told the Thomson Reuters Foundation she had spoken to 15 women who said their husbands and some of their children had been killed, and they had been raped repeatedly by soldiers.

“You can’t imagine what we heard today,” said Karman, who won Nobel Peace in 2011 for her nonviolent struggle for the safety of women rights and peace-building in Yemen.

Iran’s Shirin Ebadi said that as members of international community it is their upmost demand Myanmar military be taken to the International Court of Justice.

“We are all paving the way for that,” said Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for promoting human rights, in particular the rights of the women, children and political prisoners.

Meanwhile, she said, Rohingya refugees are still coming into Bangladesh that must stop because it is not good for the minority group and it also creates intense pressure on the people of Bangladesh.

The Nobel laureates expressed gratitude to Bangladesh government and people for their generosity in hosting the refugees, and urged the UN and international community to ensure the Rohingyas have basic needs and services.

“We are with you, with Bangladeshi people,” said Karman.

This story was originally published by The Daily Star, Bangladesh

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“This is clearly, clearly, clearly genocide that is going on by the Burmese government and military against the Rohingya people."
 

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Mairead Maguire and Tawakkol Karman meet refugees in Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp February 25, 2018 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo by Allison Joyce. Courtesy Allison Joyce for Nobel Women's Initiative.

Mairead Maguire and Tawakkol Karman meet refugees in Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp February 25, 2018 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo by Allison Joyce. Courtesy Allison Joyce for Nobel Women's Initiative.

By NOBEL WOMEN'S INITIATIVE
ZERO POINT, Myanmar-Bangladesh border, Feb 27 2018 (IPS)

Nobel Laureates, Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland), Shirin Ebadi (Iran) and Tawakkol Karman (Yemen) speak to Rohingya refugees stranded in the no-man’s land between Myanmar and Bangladesh. They promise to seek justice for the Rohingya genocide.

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Inspiring Dutch Woman Lives for Bangladeshi Children with Disabilitieshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2018/02/inspiring-dutch-woman-lives-bangladeshi-children-disabilities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inspiring-dutch-woman-lives-bangladeshi-children-disabilities http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/02/inspiring-dutch-woman-lives-bangladeshi-children-disabilities/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:42:18 +0000 Khalid Hussain http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154447 Meet Antoinette Termoshuizen, a Dutch woman more popularly known as ‘Khalamma’, who has spent the last 20 years of her life making life better for children with disabilities in Bangladesh. This is the amazing story of Antoinette, now living in Ghior of Manikganj, where she has been relentlessly helping to educate and rehabilitate children with […]

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By Khalid Hussain Ayon
Feb 21 2018 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)

Meet Antoinette Termoshuizen, a Dutch woman more popularly known as ‘Khalamma’, who has spent the last 20 years of her life making life better for children with disabilities in Bangladesh.

This is the amazing story of Antoinette, now living in Ghior of Manikganj, where she has been relentlessly helping to educate and rehabilitate children with physical and mental challenges.

She started off in 1998, under the banner of Niketan, with 10 physically and mentally challenged children. Since then on, in the road down to 20 years, her programme in Dhaka and Manikganj has become home to more than 500 disabled children.

Watch the Star Live video to know about her story.

This story was originally published by The Daily Star, Bangladesh

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Shakrain: The Festival of Kite, Light and Firehttp://www.ipsnews.net/2018/01/shakrain-festival-kite-light-fire/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shakrain-festival-kite-light-fire http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/01/shakrain-festival-kite-light-fire/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:45:16 +0000 Ananta Yusuf and Khalid Hussain http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154277 Have you ever seen Dhaka’s sky flooded with kites, lights and fireworks? This year the celebration of Poush Sankranti (the end of Bengali month Poush) popularly known as Shakrain or Ghuri Utshob brings life to the most congested part of the Old Dhaka. In recent times, apart from colourful kites flying in the sky, people […]

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By Ananta Yusuf and Khalid Hussain Ayon
Jan 21 2018 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)

Have you ever seen Dhaka’s sky flooded with kites, lights and fireworks?

This year the celebration of Poush Sankranti (the end of Bengali month Poush) popularly known as Shakrain or Ghuri Utshob brings life to the most congested part of the Old Dhaka.

In recent times, apart from colourful kites flying in the sky, people are also entertained by fire-spinners and flame-eaters who also gather on rooftops to demonstrate their skills.

To know more watch our Star Live video on Shakrain.

This story was originally published by The Daily Star, Bangladesh

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VIDEO: The Rohingyas ‘Long March to Freedom’http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/12/rohingyas-long-march-freedom/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rohingyas-long-march-freedom http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/12/rohingyas-long-march-freedom/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:14:30 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=153518 Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on the run for years, fleeing by foot, walking for days at end to seek a safe place for their women and children. Described as ‘wretched of the earth’ they are unwanted in Myanmar and across the border […]

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The Rohingyas ‘long march to freedom’

By IPS World Desk
ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS)

Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on the run for years, fleeing by foot, walking for days at end to seek a safe place for their women and children.

Described as ‘wretched of the earth’ they are unwanted in Myanmar and across the border in Bangladesh where they have have taken shelter.

Although their origins trace back to the Eighth century Arakan, where their ancestors were British subjects over the past seven decades they have lived lives of lesser human beings in the Rakhine state. Rohingyas are stateless today. Driven out of their homes, their ‘long march to freedom’ leaves them in a state of hopelessness.

 

 

As the Rohingyas fled their burning homes, images of violence against them showed how one-day old twins were being transported to safety in a coir basket while in another image a rickety son carried in baskets hanging at two ends of a bamboo pole his too-frail-to-walk parents. He had fear in his eyes but he did not abandon his parents only to protect only himself; he is a hero.

The speed and scale of the influx has made the Rohingya crisis the world’s gravest refugee crisis and a major humanitarian emergency, the largest and fastest flow of destitute people across a border since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

With each passing day, the numbers are increasing and the government of Bangladesh, local charities and volunteers, the United Nations and NGOs are working in overdrive to provide assistance and hope.

Is there an end in sight ? The origin of the crisis and thus the solution to this crisis lies with the authorities in Myanmar. Can world leaders, Nobel laureates and citizens around the world bring about an end to the human rights violations against the Rohingyas?

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Semaine mondiale de la croissance verte (GGGW)http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/11/semaine-mondiale-de-la-croissance-verte-gggw/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=semaine-mondiale-de-la-croissance-verte-gggw http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/11/semaine-mondiale-de-la-croissance-verte-gggw/#respond Sat, 04 Nov 2017 13:11:09 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154302 Plus de 600 représentants du gouvernement, de cellule de réflexion, du secteur privé et d’autres délégués de 40 pays ont participé à la Semaine mondiale de la croissance verte (GGGW) du 17 au 20 octobre 2017, organisée par la République fédérale démocratique d’Éthiopie et l’Institut mondial sur la croissance verte. Couvrant un éventail de sujets […]

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Semaine mondiale de la croissance verte (GGGW) - Mahamadou Tounkara, représentant de GGGI au Sénégal

By IPS World Desk
Nov 4 2017 (IPS)

Plus de 600 représentants du gouvernement, de cellule de réflexion, du secteur privé et d’autres délégués de 40 pays ont participé à la Semaine mondiale de la croissance verte (GGGW) du 17 au 20 octobre 2017, organisée par la République fédérale démocratique d’Éthiopie et l’Institut mondial sur la croissance verte.

Couvrant un éventail de sujets allant de la mise en valeur des énergies renouvelables aux partenariats public-privé en passant par la coopération Chine-Afrique, ainsi que les succès et les défis de l’Afrique en matière de croissance verte, cette plate-forme de dialogue a cherché à identifier des moyens de débloquer le potentiel de croissance verte de l’Afrique, le thème de la Semaine.

GGGI a créé un bureau au Sénégal et travaille étroitement avec le gouvernement sur les stratégies et les actions en faveur de la croissance verte. Selon Mahamadou Tounkara, représentant de GGGI au Sénégal, parmi les raisons pour lesquelles le Sénégal a été sélectionné, on note le dynamisme du leadership du pays à faire passer le pays à un autre modèle de croissance.

 

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Dr. Frank Rijsberman, GGGI Director General, speaks about the successes, lessons and opportunities that emerged from GGGWeek2017http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/dr-frank-rijsberman-gggi-director-general-speaks-successes-lessons-opportunities-emerged-gggweek2017/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dr-frank-rijsberman-gggi-director-general-speaks-successes-lessons-opportunities-emerged-gggweek2017 http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/dr-frank-rijsberman-gggi-director-general-speaks-successes-lessons-opportunities-emerged-gggweek2017/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:19:32 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154315 The Global Green Growth Institute, in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, held Global Green Growth Week 2017 from 17-20 October 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Attended by GGGI members, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society, the GGGWeek2017 sought to strengthen and catalyze green growth in Africa […]

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Dr. Frank Rijsberman, GGGI Director General, speaks about the successes, lessons and opportunities that emerged from GGGWeek2017

By IPS World Desk
Oct 30 2017 (IPS)

The Global Green Growth Institute, in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, held Global Green Growth Week 2017 from 17-20 October 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Attended by GGGI members, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society, the GGGWeek2017 sought to strengthen and catalyze green growth in Africa under the theme “Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential”.

In this video, Dr. Frank Rijsberman, GGGI Director General, speaks about the successes, lessons and opportunities that emerged from GGGWeek2017.

 

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Cathy Oxby from Africa GreenCo: public-private partnerships could extend cheaper energy to consumershttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/cathy-oxby-africa-greenco-public-private-partnerships-extend-cheaper-energy-consumers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cathy-oxby-africa-greenco-public-private-partnerships-extend-cheaper-energy-consumers http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/cathy-oxby-africa-greenco-public-private-partnerships-extend-cheaper-energy-consumers/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:06:53 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154313 Over 600 government, think tank, private sector and other delegates from 40 countries attended the Global Green Growth Week (GGGW) 2017, 17 – 20 hosted by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Among key discussions was Africa’s Green Energy Challenges and Off-Grid Solutions. According to Cathy Oxby from […]

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Cathy Oxby from Africa GreenCo: public-private partnerships could extend cheaper energy to consumers

By IPS World Desk
Oct 30 2017 (IPS)

Over 600 government, think tank, private sector and other delegates from 40 countries attended the Global Green Growth Week (GGGW) 2017, 17 – 20 hosted by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Among key discussions was Africa’s Green Energy Challenges and Off-Grid Solutions. According to Cathy Oxby from Africa GreenCo, public-private partnerships could extend cheaper energy to consumers and help close the gap in cost currently covered by subsidies.

 

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Senegal is quickly adopting green growth as key to its national development strategyhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/senegal-quickly-adopting-green-growth-key-national-development-strategy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=senegal-quickly-adopting-green-growth-key-national-development-strategy http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/senegal-quickly-adopting-green-growth-key-national-development-strategy/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:56:25 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154310 Senegal is quickly adopting green growth as key to its national development strategy. According to Dr. Mahamadou Tounkara, the country already has lessons to share with the rest of Africa, key among them innovative financing strategies and greening cities. In this interview held on the sidelines of the 17-20 October GGGWeek2017, hosted by the Global […]

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Senegal is quickly adopting green growth as key to its national development strategy. According to Dr. Mahamadou Tounkara, the country already has lessons to share with the rest of Africa, key among them innovative financing strategies and greening cities.

By IPS World Desk
Oct 30 2017 (IPS)

Senegal is quickly adopting green growth as key to its national development strategy. According to Dr. Mahamadou Tounkara, the country already has lessons to share with the rest of Africa, key among them innovative financing strategies and greening cities.

In this interview held on the sidelines of the 17-20 October GGGWeek2017, hosted by the Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Tounkara discusses Senegal’s successes and green growth opportunities.

 

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John Macomber from Harvard Business School talks about the role of educational institutions in addressing Africa’s green energyhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/john-macomber-harvard-business-school-talks-role-educational-institutions-addressing-africas-green-energy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=john-macomber-harvard-business-school-talks-role-educational-institutions-addressing-africas-green-energy http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/john-macomber-harvard-business-school-talks-role-educational-institutions-addressing-africas-green-energy/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:45:21 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154305 The Global Green Growth Week 2017, held 17-20 October 2017, by the Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, explored a number of topics, among them Africa’s Green Energy Challenges and Off-Grid Solutions. In this interview, John Macomber from Harvard Business School talks about the […]

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John Macomber from Harvard Business School talks about the role of educational institutions in addressing Africa’s green energy

By IPS World Desk
Oct 30 2017 (IPS)

The Global Green Growth Week 2017, held 17-20 October 2017, by the Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, explored a number of topics, among them Africa’s Green Energy Challenges and Off-Grid Solutions. In this interview, John Macomber from Harvard Business School talks about the role of educational institutions in addressing Africa’s green energy challenges and off-grid.

 

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Prof. Nii O. Attoh Okine, from the University of Delaware addresses the issue of capacity development and investment in Africahttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/prof-nii-o-attoh-okine-university-delaware-addresses-issue-capacity-development-investment-africa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prof-nii-o-attoh-okine-university-delaware-addresses-issue-capacity-development-investment-africa http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/prof-nii-o-attoh-okine-university-delaware-addresses-issue-capacity-development-investment-africa/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:35:00 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154317 Prof. Nii O. Attoh Okine – Under the theme “Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential”, GGGWeek2017, held 17-20 October 2017 by the Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, tackled a number of key topics, among them Africa’s Green Energy Challenges and Off-Grid Solutions. In an interview with IPS, Prof. […]

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Prof. Nii O. Attoh Okine, from the University of Delaware addresses the issue of capacity development and investment in Africa

By IPS World Desk
Oct 30 2017 (IPS)

Prof. Nii O. Attoh Okine – Under the theme “Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential”, GGGWeek2017, held 17-20 October 2017 by the Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, tackled a number of key topics, among them Africa’s Green Energy Challenges and Off-Grid Solutions.

In an interview with IPS, Prof. Nii O. Attoh Okine, from the University of Delaware addresses the issue of capacity development and investment in Africa toward green energy solutions.

 

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Global Green Growth Week 2017: Public-private partnerships and China-Africa collaboration towards green growthhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/global-green-growth-week-2017-public-private-partnerships-china-africa-collaboration-towards-green-growth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=global-green-growth-week-2017-public-private-partnerships-china-africa-collaboration-towards-green-growth http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/global-green-growth-week-2017-public-private-partnerships-china-africa-collaboration-towards-green-growth/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:42:10 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154319 Public-private partnerships and China-Africa collaboration towards green growth on the continent were popular themes during the 17-20 October Global Green Growth Week 2017 forum hosted by the Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Coskal Ethiopia, which has been operational for over 60 years was amongst private sector partners […]

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Global Green Growth Week 2017: Public-private partnerships and China-Africa collaboration towards green growth

By IPS World Desk
Oct 30 2017 (IPS)

Public-private partnerships and China-Africa collaboration towards green growth on the continent were popular themes during the 17-20 October Global Green Growth Week 2017 forum hosted by the Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Coskal Ethiopia, which has been operational for over 60 years was amongst private sector partners that participated. In this video, Kiriakos Armenakis, Coskal Principal, explains how China-Africa partnerships in infrastructure development have facilitated the ease of doing business in the region.

 

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Global Green Growth Week 2017 highlightshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/global-green-growth-week-2017-highlights/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=global-green-growth-week-2017-highlights http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/global-green-growth-week-2017-highlights/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:52:19 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=154321 Global Green Growth Week 201 – Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential is a high-level forum bringing together over 250 global representatives, including high-level ministers, thought leaders, institutional investors and decision makers seeking to scale up green growth in Africa and around the world. Over 15 unique sessions will highlight examples and success stories of global […]

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Global Green Growth Week 2017 highlights

By IPS World Desk
Oct 18 2017 (IPS)

Global Green Growth Week 201 – Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential is a high-level forum bringing together over 250 global representatives, including high-level ministers, thought leaders, institutional investors and decision makers seeking to scale up green growth in Africa and around the world.

Over 15 unique sessions will highlight examples and success stories of global and African green growth interventions, policies and strategies.

Find out more about #GGGWeek2017 here: http://www.gggweek2017.org/

 

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World Food Day 2017 – Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural developmenthttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/world-food-day-2017-change-future-migration-invest-food-security-rural-development/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=world-food-day-2017-change-future-migration-invest-food-security-rural-development http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/world-food-day-2017-change-future-migration-invest-food-security-rural-development/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:18:38 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=152395 Large movements of people is one of the most complex challenges the world faces today. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of people migrating around the world. Why is this happening and do they have a choice of staying in their own homes ? Addressing migration is an important […]

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World Food Day 2017 - Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development

By IPS World Desk
ROME, Oct 9 2017 (IPS)

Large movements of people is one of the most complex challenges the world faces today. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of people migrating around the world. Why is this happening and do they have a choice of staying in their own homes ?

Addressing migration is an important part of Agenda 2030 and is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

 

About one-third of all international migrants are aged 15-34 years. Nearly half are women.

The United Nations estimates that more than 60 million, or nearly 1 in 100 people worldwide, have been forced to flee their homes due to increased conflict and political instability. That’s more than at any time since the Second World War.

Hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change are other important factors contributing to the migration challenge.

Almost three-quarters of the extreme poor base their livelihoods on agriculture or other rural activities. Creating conditions that allow rural people, especially youth, to stay at home when they feel it is safe to do so, and to have more resilient livelihoods, is an essential component of responding to the migration challenge.

Rural development can address factors that compel people to move by creating business opportunities and jobs for young people.

The international community can also harness migration’s potential by investing in rural development and building the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.

This year the theme for World Food Day, celebrated annually on 16 October – a date commemorating the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945 – will focus on the link between migration, food security and sustainable rural development.

The drivers and impacts of migration are intimately linked to fighting hunger and achieving food security, reducing rural poverty and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources

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Global Green Growth Week 2017: Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential – October 17-20, Addis Ababa, Ethiopiahttp://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/global-green-growth-week-2017-unlocking-africas-greengrowth-potential-october-17-20-addis-ababa-ethiopia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=global-green-growth-week-2017-unlocking-africas-greengrowth-potential-october-17-20-addis-ababa-ethiopia http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/global-green-growth-week-2017-unlocking-africas-greengrowth-potential-october-17-20-addis-ababa-ethiopia/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:41:59 +0000 IPS World Desk http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=152299 The Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will hold Global Green Growth Week 2017 on October 17-20, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. #GGGWeek2017 will gather GGGI members, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society to strengthen and catalyze green growth in Africa and […]

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Global Green Growth Week 2017: Unlocking Africa’s GreenGrowth Potential - October 17-20, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

By IPS World Desk
Oct 2 2017 (IPS)

The Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will hold Global Green Growth Week 2017 on October 17-20, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

#GGGWeek2017 will gather GGGI members, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society to strengthen and catalyze green growth in Africa and globally in order to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement and make progress on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

#GGGWeek2017 will address a number of key topics, including: Mobilizing green/climate finance to bankable projects in developing countries; Sustainably managing resources to address water and food security challenges; and Developing and adopting policies that drive environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic growth.

Visit the GGGWeek2017 website here: http://www.gggweek2017.org//

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By Star Online Report
Sep 12 2017 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)

A video of twin babies, not more than a few days old, brought along with the fleeting mass of Rohingyas has taken the internet by sympathy.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) released a video of the twins taken to a refugee camp in Bangladesh in a basket.

According to UN estimates, over 300,000 Rohingyas have fled into Bangladesh since August to escape the persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

This story was originally published by The Daily Star, Bangladesh

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