Global Issues

  • Politics, Profits Undermine Public Interest in Covid-19 Vaccine Race
    by Global Issues on 25 May 2020 at 23:46

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 (IPS) - With well over five million Covid-19 infections worldwide, and deaths exceeding 340,000, the race for an effective vaccine has accelerated since the SARS-Cov-2 virus was first identified as the culprit.Read the full story, “Politics, Profits Undermine Public Interest in Covid-19 Vaccine Race”, on globalissues.org →

  • Kenya's Adolescent Women Left Behind As More Married Women Access Contraception
    by Global Issues on 25 May 2020 at 05:57

    NAIROBI, May 25 (IPS) - Complications of pregnancy and child birth are a leading cause of preventable deaths and ill health among adolescent women in Kenya. But research shows a combination of modern contraceptives for all adolescents who need it, and adequate care for all pregnant adolescents and their newborns, would reduce adolescent maternal deaths by 76 percent. So what needs to be done to prevent this?Read the full story, “Kenya's Adolescent Women Left Behind As More Married Women Access Contraception”, on globalissues.org →

  • Education Post-COVID-19: Customised Blended Learning is Urgently Needed
    by Global Issues on 25 May 2020 at 03:05

    May 25 (IPS) - Many well meaning education benefactors and commentators in South Africa have expressed that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic online self-guided learning could solve some of the current teaching problems and address the educational backlog. What learners need, the reasoning goes, is to get free internet access to educational support materials on offer online.Nothing could be further from the truth.Read the full story, “Education Post-COVID-19: Customised Blended Learning is Urgently Needed”, on globalissues.org →

  • Are the SDGs in Reverse Gear?
    by Global Issues on 24 May 2020 at 21:41

    NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 (IPS) - When I was a little girl, my mother told us the story of a woman who escaped from a monster by cooking stones: when the monster fell asleep waiting for his dinner, the woman ran for her life.Read the full story, “Are the SDGs in Reverse Gear?”, on globalissues.org →

  • Crisis Hits Oil Industry and Energy Transition Alike
    by Global Issues on 22 May 2020 at 14:40

    MEXICO CITY, May 22 (IPS) - While it attempts to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Latin American and Caribbean region also faces concerns about the future of the energy transition and state-owned oil companies.Read the full story, “Crisis Hits Oil Industry and Energy Transition Alike”, on globalissues.org →

  • Unite Behind Environmental Science: Transforming Values and Behaviour is as Important as Restoring Global Ecosystems
    by Global Issues on 22 May 2020 at 03:11

    BONN, May 22 (IPS) - Restoring damaged ecosystems is vital to avoid the collapse of nature's most valuable contributions to people, but International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 should also be a wake-up call about the importance of addressing our social, economic and systemic values, because it is these that are driving the destruction of nature.Read the full story, “Unite Behind Environmental Science: Transforming Values and Behaviour is as Important as Restoring Global Ecosystems”, on globalissues.org →

  • Biological Diversity is Fundamental to Human Health
    by Global Issues on 22 May 2020 at 00:56

    UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (IPS) - Today, May 22, marks the International Day of Biological Diversity. Experts say that conservation efforts have actually strengthened under the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's International Day of Biological Diversity falls amid the coronavirus pandemic and the slow easing, in some nations, of a global lockdown. While the lockdown has forced most people to stay at home, there have been reports of more wildlife being spotted - even in once-busy city centres. Read the full story, “Biological Diversity is Fundamental to Human Health”, on globalissues.org →

  • Internal Migration: A Literary/Historical View
    by Global Issues on 21 May 2020 at 23:00

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 22 (IPS) - It is easy to generalize about migration. Populist politicians often portray migrants as strangers and "our" homeland as a stable entity, rooted in an old agricultural society. When they do so they tend to forget that most of us are in fact migrants who have left that traditional farming community far behind and if it was not we who did so, it was our ancestors.Read the full story, “Internal Migration: A Literary/Historical View”, on globalissues.org →

  • COVID-19: Global Supply Chain Resilience Relies on Soap & Water for Workers
    by Global Issues on 21 May 2020 at 21:13

    LONDON, May 22 (IPS) - Ruth Romer is Senior Private Sector Advisor, WaterAidAs COVID-19 lockdown restrictions across the globe start to be relaxed, the collective conversation has shifted towards plans for a ‘new normal.'Read the full story, “COVID-19: Global Supply Chain Resilience Relies on Soap & Water for Workers”, on globalissues.org →

  • Why More Must be Done to Fight Bogus COVID-19 Cure Claims
    by Global Issues on 21 May 2020 at 14:54

    May 21 (IPS) - Fake and bogus cure claims are a longstanding, but neglected public health problem. Throughout recorded history, plagues have inspired anxiety and desperation. Time and again, this public nervousness has proved a fertile ground for false cures and claimants to thrive. In this sense, recent claims of COVID-19 cures and antidotes are no exception.Read the full story, “Why More Must be Done to Fight Bogus COVID-19 Cure Claims”, on globalissues.org →