Stories written by IPS Correspondent


Pakistan Attacks Pneumonia With Free Vaccine

Medical practitioners at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH), a leading government-run children’s hospital in Karachi, hope that this will be the last winter they have to treat a stream of children suffering from pneumonia.

Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Will there be a new global water goal in the post-2015 development agenda: something the Millennium Development Goals lacked?

Global Response Needed To Raise The Awareness About Autism

Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, hosted a special high level event Monday to raise awareness of autism and developmental disabilities.

UN Women Executive Director launches new initiative to end violence against women

Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, is calling for bold action and decisive leadership to galvanize efforts to end the pandemic of violence against women and girls.


Colombians Hope for Peace, But Are Sceptical

Scepticism, fear of expressing an opinion and a dash of hope make up the cocktail of responses from Colombians asked about the possibility of the decades-old civil war finally coming to an end as a result of the peace talks between the government and the FARC guerrillas, which began Monday in Havana.

Linking Muslim Charity to MDGs

Although there has been great progress in many areas towards achieving the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), many in the Muslim world remain sheltered from their positive effects.

Hunger Strike Is Over, but Kurdish Unrest Is Not

There was a sigh of relief in Ankara as Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), on Sunday put an end to the 68-day hunger strike of 682 Kurdish prisoners and nine members of the Turkish Parliament.

Philosophy Could Be Key To World Challenges

World Philosophy Day, which promotes the exercise of critical thought and freedom of expression, can be viewed as an original and powerful way, among others, to face challenges of peace and development.

Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development

Global investment, trends, prospects, and policy challenges were the themes discussed in the briefing on “UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2012”, organized by the New York Office of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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.

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