February 24, 2018

Category Archives: Current Issues

Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population

Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population

SEOUL/NEW DELHI, Oct 28 (IPS) – Experts on population ageing converged in Seoul this week to discuss how to make reaching one’s “golden years” a happy and sustainable process across the world.Read the full story, “Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Stopping Child Marriage Forever

Stopping Child Marriage Forever

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 30 (IPS) – The mother moved in like a tigress to save her cub. In 2015, when her 13-year-old daughter Shumi Akhter was about to be married off, Panna Begum pleaded with her husband, Dulal Mia, to cancel the marriage he’d arranged for their daughter.Read the full story, “Stopping Child Marriage Forever”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking

NEW DELHI, Oct 30 (IPS) – Twenty-year-old Gogontlejang Phaladi of Mahalapye, Botswana is grateful she was never sent to a so-called “hyena” like scores of girls in neighboring Malawi were.Read the full story, “Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Up to 100 Million Girls Unprotected Against Child Marriage

Up to 100 Million Girls Unprotected Against Child Marriage

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 12 (IPS) – Over 20,000 girls are married before the age of 18 every day around the world as countries continue to lack legal protections, according to a new study.Read the full story, “Up to 100 Million Girls Unprotected Against Child Marriage”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example

Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example

Maijdee, Noakhali (Bangladesh), Oct 13 (IPS) – History was made for 400 landless families in the remote char lands of Noakhali district. On October 11, they all received land titles from the government for which they had waited for over two decades. In Bangladesh, as in other countries, the title is a permanent legal ownership document.Read the full story, “Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) – The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO).Read the full story, “Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue

Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (IPS) – On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country’s Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts. She could not believe that the United States had not.Read the full story, “Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Torturing Detainees Is Immoral and Ineffective, Says UN Human Rights Chief

Torturing Detainees Is Immoral and Ineffective, Says UN Human Rights Chief

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 (IPS) – A Manual for Investigative Interviewing to abolish torture among detainees suspected of crime is in the pipeline, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today.Read the full story, “Torturing Detainees Is Immoral and Ineffective, Says UN Human Rights Chief”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth

More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 26 (IPS) – The Trump administration’s promise to increase infrastructure spending should break the straightjacket the Republicans imposed on the Obama administration after capturing the US Congress in 2010. However, in proportionate terms, it falls far short of Roosevelt’s New Deal effort to revive the US economy in the 1930s.Read the full story, “More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Sep 26 (IPS) – For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.Read the full story, “Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading