Tuesday , September 22nd , 2020  

SDGs: It’s Not Just About Collecting Data, it’s What You Do With it

The SDGs require renewed support and financing, experts say ahead of the United Nations General Assembly. Credit: Amanda Voisard / UN Women / CC BY-NC-ND By Tim MohinAMSTERDAM, Sep 21 2020 – The unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 have reminded us that we are an interconnected global community. While this crisis rightly has dominated our attention, we must not lose sight of progress...

Nono the Carbon Footprint Bear—Part of Peru’s Ambitious Work on Climate Action

By Kirla Echegaray AlfaroLIMA, Peru, Sep 21 2020 – On the eve of its bicentennial, Peru is addressing climate change with the needed sense of urgency and ambition. Our inclusive, ‘whole society’ approach aims to awaken new opportunities that are within reach of all of our citizens. Like COVID-19, climate change is a landmark which will have a clearly established before and after period....

‘Waste is only Waste when you Waste it’ – Could Ecobricks be the Solution to Uganda’s Housing and Pollution Problem?

David Mande shows the walls of a house made out ecobricks. The ecobricks, according to Mande, are filled with moist soil to ensure that they become hard. The bottle top is then tightly closed to ensure that the moist sand and soil bond to make a brick that can be turned into a strong wall. Credit: Wambi Michael/IPS By Wambi MichaelMPIGI/MUKONO/KAMPALA, Uganda , Sep 21 2020 – About 40 kilometres...

Central Sahel – Shaping peace together with women and young people Statement for International Peace Day

By Mabingue Ngom and Shoko ArakakiNEW YORK, Sep 21 2020 – The countries of Central Sahel—Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger—face an unprecedented crisis, marked by violent extremism, forced displacement, and rising insecurity. The sharp increase in armed attacks on communities, health centres, schools and other public institutions and infrastructure has disrupted livelihoods and access to social...

Peace is the North Star During and the Post COVID-19 Pandemic

A landmark handshake-former Prime Minister Raila Odinga & President Uhuru Kenyatta bridge their differences and sign a declaration of peace between the two political leaders. March 9, 2018. Credit: State House By Siddharth Chatterjee and Walid BadawiNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 2020 – Amid various global conflicts in the 1980s and 1990s, the International Day of Peace (IDOP) was established...

Vietnam’s Updated NDC: A Comprehensive and Unified Climate Action Pathway

By External SourceSep 21 2020 (IPS-Partners) Vietnam is the ninth country to submit its updated NDC to the UNFCCC. The submission followed a comprehensive process over three years, under the guidance of Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. Vietnam’s inclusive NDC review and updating process, which was coordinated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), involved active participation...

Agriculture for Development

By External SourceSep 21 2020 (IPS-Partners)   Special Issue on the contributions of non-governmental organisations and civil society to agricultural and rural development – Involving local communities in setting the agricultural development agenda – Ten years of opportunities to improve the lives of family farmers – BRAC’s contributions to agricultural development –...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Forged a New Place for Women in the Law and Society

By External SourceSep 20 2020 – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has generated an outpouring of grief around the globe. Part of this grief reflects her unparalleled status as a feminist icon and pioneer for women in the legal profession and beyond. There is already considerable interest in what her departure means for the future of the US Supreme Court, and indeed, the wider political landscape....

Global Leaders Focus on Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises at ECW’s Global High-level #UNGA75 Event: ‘the Future of Education Is Here for Those Left Furthest Behind’

By External SourceNEW YORK, Sep 20 2020 (IPS-Partners) Education Cannot Wait (ECW) brought together an impressive, diverse line-up of world leaders, policymakers, youth, teachers, celebrities and global advocates to rally around the cause of education in emergencies and protracted crises during the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly under the inspiring theme “The Future of Education...

Helping Make Education a Reality for the 75 million Children in Conflict Zones

According to the United Nations, school closures resulting from the pandemic have affected 1.6 billion learners across more than 190 countries. It is estimated that some 23.8 million more children would drop out of school and an additional 5.6 million child marriages can be expected because of the coronavirus pandemic. Education Cannot Wait has appealed for more funding to provide an education for...