September 26, 2017

Category Archives: Current Issues

Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World

Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World

WALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 08 (IPS) – The worldwide impact cancer has is well known. It is the second leading cause of death globally, and according to the World Health Organization, was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths are due to cancer and of those deaths approximately 70 percent occur in low and middle-income countries.Read the full story, “Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda

Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda

ROME, Sep 11 (IPS) – When officials and experts from all over the world started the first-ever environmental summit hosted by China, they were already aware that climate and weather-related disasters were already seriously beginning to set the international agenda – unprecedented floods in South Asia, strongest ever hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and catastrophic droughts striking the Horn of Africa, among the most impacting recent events.Read the full story, “Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Rohingya: A Trail of Misfortune

Rohingya: A Trail of Misfortune

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sep 18 (IPS) – Forsaken and driven out by their home country Myanmar, tens of thousands of Rohingyas are struggling to survive in Bangladesh’s border districts amid scarcities of food, clean water and medical care, mostly for children and elderly people.Read the full story, “Rohingya: A Trail of Misfortune”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 20 (IPS) – After finally breaking silence with a much anticipated address on the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has disappointed the world as she refuses to acknowledge the plight of her country’s Rohingya community.Read the full story, “Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 (IPS) – Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.Read the full story, “Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy

A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 20 (IPS) – In his first address on the global stage of the General Assembly, United States’ President Donald Trump touted an “America First” approach at the very institution that is meant to inspire collaboration between nations.Read the full story, “A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

2017 World Water Week: ‘Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’

2017 World Water Week: ‘Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’

ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) – With a growing global population, a rise in energy and industrial production, the demand for water is reaching new levels.Read the full story, “2017 World Water Week: ‘Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse’”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Once Decimated by AIDS, Zimbabwe’s Khoisan Tribe Embraces Treatment

Once Decimated by AIDS, Zimbabwe’s Khoisan Tribe Embraces Treatment

TSHOLOTSHO, Zimbabwe, Aug 31 (IPS) – Sixty-seven-year-old Hloniphani Sidingo gives a broad smile while popping out through the gate of a clinic in her village, as she heads home clutching containers of anti-retroviral pills.Read the full story, “Once Decimated by AIDS, Zimbabwe’s Khoisan Tribe Embraces Treatment”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

World Still Lagging on Indigenous Rights 10 Years After Historic Declaration, UN Experts Warn

World Still Lagging on Indigenous Rights 10 Years After Historic Declaration, UN Experts Warn

GENEVA / NEW YORK, Aug 07 (IPS) – The world’s indigenous peoples still face huge challenges a decade after the adoption of an historic declaration on their rights, a group of United Nations experts and specialist bodies has warned. Speaking ahead of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, the group says States must put words into action to end discrimination, exclusion and lack of protection illustrated by the worsening murder rate of human rights defenders.Read the full story, “World Still Lagging on Indigenous Rights 10 Years After Historic Declaration, UN Experts Warn”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, is Now Legally Binding

Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, is Now Legally Binding

ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) – The Minamata Convention — a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force August 16.Read the full story, “Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, is Now Legally Binding”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading