Monkeypox not presently a global public health emergency: WHO — Global Issues

The announcement comes two days after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus agreed to an Emergency Committee on the disease, under the International Health Regulations (IHR), to address the rising caseload. “The WHO Director-General concurs with the advice offered by the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak and, at present, does not determine that … Read more

Pollution, Cartagena, and the Caribbean—Global Issues

UN News How did the Cartagena Convention come about? Christopher Corbin The Cartagena Convention was driven primarily by a major oil spill that took place in the region close to Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1980s. This brought home the fact that this region is so dependent on the coastal and marine resources on … Read more

Seafarers’ Day honors maritime journeys and voyages — Global Issues

Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted both their critical role, as well as the challenges they face, In his message to mark the Day of the Seafarer on Saturday. “The world counts on seafarers,” he said. “Ships transport a remarkable 90 per cent of the world’s commodities — from grains and energy, to consumer goods and much … Read more

UN plan calls for real progress towards ending internal displacement crisis — Global Issues

The plan outlines 31 commitments by the UN system to better resolve, prevent and address internal displacement, and calls for action from countries, international financial institutions, the private sector, and others. Today I launched my Action Agenda on Internal Displacement. With more than 59M people internally displaced at the end of 2021, we must dramatically … Read more

Overturning of Roe v Wade abortion law a ‘huge blow to women’s human rights’ warns Bachelet — Global Issues

The widely anticipated Supreme Court decision, by six votes to three, was made in the specific case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health, and Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that it represents a “major setback” for sexual and reproductive health across the US. The historic decision returns all questions of legality and access to … Read more

UN rights chief urges leaders to ‘turn the page on rhetoric’ — Global Issues

The four-day mission marked the first visit by a UN human rights High Commissioner in more than two decades, and she noted that some of the same rights challenges from that era persist today. Ms. Bachelet hailed an “unprecedented ruling” handed down this week, sentencing three people for incitement to hatred for singing songs threatening … Read more

Life-saving relief continues to reach quake-hit eastern Afghanistan — Global Issues

One of the UN teams on the ground, the refugee agency UNHCR, transported tons of relief items into the provinces of Khost and Paktika, where several thousand houses were destroyed or damaged by the 5.9 magnitude quake that struck early on Wednesday. The latest tally from Thursday evening indicated that at least 1,036 people have … Read more

A Long Way to Montreal—Global Issues

Mrinalini Rai, head of Women4Biodiversity and leader of the Women’s Caucus at the UN Biodiversity Convention and Cristina Eghenter of World Wildlife Fund for Nature, at a media roundtable at the ongoing UN CBD Working Group 4 meeting in Nairobi. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS by Stella Paul (Nairobi) Friday, June 24, 2022 Inter Press Service Nairobi, … Read more

Digital Tools Complement Organic Farming at Islamic School in Indonesia — Global Issues

Orange trees growing with the help of a digital watering system attached to the water tank on the right side. Al Ittifaq farm, Ciwidey, West Java, Indonesia. Credit: Kompas by Kafil Yamin (ciwidey, west java, indonesia) Friday, June 24, 2022 Inter Press Service CIWIDEY, West Java, Indonesia, Jun 24 (IPS) – It appears to be … Read more

Internet shutdowns impact human rights, economy, and day to day life — Global Issues

When major communication channels and networks are slowed down or blocked, this means thousands, even millions of people are deprived of their only means of reaching loved ones, medical assistance, of working, or participating in political debates or decisions, the report highlights. alarm bells “When you see a shutdown happen, it’s time to start worrying … Read more