Global Issues

  • The Urgency to Ban All Wars
    by Global Issues on 30 June 2022 at 12:03

    BRUSSELS, Jun 30 (IPS) - The writer is Professor Emeritus of the Catholic University of LouvainOn Sunday 19 June, we gathered in Sezano, municipality of Verona (VR), at the Monastery of the Common Good to affirm the need and urgency to ban war, all wars, and build peace without yes or no buts.Read the full story, “The Urgency to Ban All Wars”, on globalissues.org →

  • COVID-19: B.A4 and BA.5 variants spur 20 per cent rise in cases
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 20:45

    COVID-19 cases are on the rise in some 110 countries, driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 variants, said the UN health agency chief on Wednesday, amounting to a 20 per cent spike overall, and a rise in the number of deaths across three of the six world regions monitored by the World Health Organization. Read the full story, “COVID-19: B.A4 and BA.5 variants spur 20 per cent rise in cases”, on globalissues.org →

  • Safer roads, a global development challenge for all: Senior UN official
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 20:00

    Every 24 seconds someone is killed in traffic, making safety on the world’s roads a global development challenge for all societies, especially for the most vulnerable, a senior UN official has said, ahead of the first ever High-level General Assembly Meeting on Improving Road Safety.   Read the full story, “Safer roads, a global development challenge for all: Senior UN official”, on globalissues.org →

  • Myanmar: Shocking toll on children must be spur to action, says UN rights expert
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 18:56

    Myanmar’s military junta is responsible for shocking violence against children caught up in the bloody aftermath of last February’s coup, a top independent Human Rights Council-appointed investigator said on Wednesday.  Read the full story, “Myanmar: Shocking toll on children must be spur to action, says UN rights expert”, on globalissues.org →

  • Syria’s needs are at their highest ever, says top rights probe
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 18:36

    Syria’s humanitarian needs are at their highest ever and any move to block aid from reaching the war-torn country should be resisted strongly, a top UN Human Rights Council probe said on Wednesday.  Read the full story, “Syria’s needs are at their highest ever, says top rights probe”, on globalissues.org →

  • Human rights under threat in DR Congo and beyond, Security Council hears
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 17:19

    The resurgence of the M23 armed group has “broad repercussions” for the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and for the wider region, the UN Special Representative there told the Security Council on Wednesday. Read the full story, “Human rights under threat in DR Congo and beyond, Security Council hears”, on globalissues.org →

  • Reimagining Ageing: Older Persons as Agents of Development
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 17:12

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 29 (IPS) - Older persons are highly visible across Asia and the Pacific: they work in agricultural fields producing our food supplies, peddle their wares as street vendors, drive tuk-tuks and buses, exercise in our parks, lead some of the region’s most successful companies and form an integral part of our families.Read the full story, “Reimagining Ageing: Older Persons as Agents of Development”, on globalissues.org →

  • Flight from cities due to COVID-19 short-lived, says flagship UN-Habitat report
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 16:12

    A new United Nations report says that rapid urbanization was only temporarily delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the global urban population back on track to grow by another 2.2 billion people by 2050. Read the full story, “Flight from cities due to COVID-19 short-lived, says flagship UN-Habitat report”, on globalissues.org →

  • International Criminal Court at 20: Renewing the Promise of Justice for the Gravest Crimes
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 15:44

    The HAGUE, Netherlands, Jun 29 (IPS) - The writer has been the Registrar of the International Criminal Court since April 2018.On 1 July 2022, the International Criminal Court (ICC) turns 20. The entry into force on 1 July 2002 of the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, officially created the Court and marked the start of its work towards building a more just world.Read the full story, “International Criminal Court at 20: Renewing the Promise of Justice for the Gravest Crimes”, on globalissues.org →

  • UNs No-Fly List on Sexual Harassment Falls Short, Complains Rights Group
    by Global Issues on 29 June 2022 at 15:24

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - The United Nations has continued to crackdown on sexual harassment system-wide since 2017 while its “whistle blower protection policy” has provided “protective status” for nearly 68 UN staffers who reported wrong doing. But Equality Now, an international human rights organization, is accusing the UN of faltering on its longstanding “zero-tolerance” policy.Read the full story, “UNs No-Fly List on Sexual Harassment Falls Short, Complains Rights Group”, on globalissues.org →