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Staff to UN Management: Please Drop Your Plans for Uber-Style Contracts
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Staff to UN Management: Please Drop Your Plans for Uber-Style Contracts

Featured, Global, Global Geopolitics, Global Governance, Headlines, Human Rights, IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse, TerraViva United Nations Opinion Prisca Chaoui is Executive Secretary of the 3,500-strong Staff Coordinating Council of the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) and Ian Richards is former President of the Coordinating Committee of International Staff Unions and Associations, and an economist at the Geneva-based UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)UN Staff in GenevaGENEVA, Sep 29 2020 (IPS) - As the United Nations prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary we have been made aware of an extremely worrying development concerning the future of UN staff contracts. It seems that UN management is bringing forward plans that, if implemented, will rip up long-established, secure stand...
Papua New Guinea: Bougainville Elects Former Revolutionary Leader as President ahead of Tough Talks on Independence
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Papua New Guinea: Bougainville Elects Former Revolutionary Leader as President ahead of Tough Talks on Independence

Democracy, Editors' Choice, Featured, Headlines, Human Rights Democracy Following an almost unanimous 97.7 percent referendum vote in November of last year for Independence from PNG, the people of Bougainville returned to the polls last month to decide on a new government. Bougainville's main town of Buka. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 29 2020 (IPS) - Ishmael Toroama, a former revolutionary leader and fighter during the decade long civil war which engulfed the remote islands of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the 1990s, has been elected the autonomous region’s new President ahead of high-level talks about its political future. “I, as your mandated President, am ready to take Bougainville forward, focussing on law and order, anti-corruption policies, the ...
Q&A: How Fast Fashion Sits at the Crucial Intersection of Environmental & Gender Justice
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Q&A: How Fast Fashion Sits at the Crucial Intersection of Environmental & Gender Justice

Climate Change, Development & Aid, Environment, Featured, Gender, Gender Identity, Global, Headlines, Human Rights, IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse, LGBTQ, Poverty & SDGs, Regional Categories, TerraViva United Nations Environment Fast fashion consumes vast resources, often polluting and devastating the natural world. Pictured here are garment workers in Bangladesh. Credit: Obaidul Arif/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 2020 (IPS) - Racism “keeps the global north oblivious to the effect of fast fashion addiction on the global south” say environmental and gender justice experts. Organisers and activists came together last week to discuss how the fast fashion industry sits at the intersection of environmental and gender justice. The industry, which discriminates against women from the produc...
Peace in the Middle East
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Peace in the Middle East

Armed Conflicts, Economy & Trade, Education, Headlines, Human Rights, Middle East & North Africa, Peace, Religion, TerraViva United Nations Opinion A letter from Roberto Savio to his friends  The creation of a Palestinian State remains a pipe-dreamROME, Sep 25 2020 (IPS) - After the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI, The League of Nations mandated that Britain administer Palestine. The London administration was quite ineffective, in part, due to the contradictory promises which were made to the Arabs, to the Zionists and to France, the other colonial power which divided the territory with Britain. Roberto SavioBut the conflict is much more ancient. It has now been thirty centuries since the first confrontations between the Philistines and the Hebrews, and the peac...
Why Is Women’s Leadership Not in the Headlines?
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Why Is Women’s Leadership Not in the Headlines?

Democracy, Gender, Global, Headlines, TerraViva United Nations Gender Women are Heads of State and Government in only 21 countries, despite the strong case that their leadership makes for more inclusive decision-making and more representative governance, even during this pandemic. Credit: UN WomenUNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2020 (IPS) - The question has never been whether women can lead as capably as men. Women have always led, and women will always lead, especially when the times are hard, and their communities are in need. The question that we need to ask is, why is women’s leadership invisible? Why is their potential and their power stifled? In the midst of a global pandemic, we find women on the front lines everywhere, as heads of government, legislators, healthcare workers, community lea...
Fighting India’s Bonded Labour During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Part 1
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Fighting India’s Bonded Labour During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Part 1

Asia-Pacific, Children on the Frontline, Editors' Choice, Education, Featured, Headlines, Human Rights, Migration & Refugees, Regional Categories, TerraViva United Nations Migration & Refugees Trafficking survivor Devendra Kumar Mulayam, who hails from Shahapur in the Chandouli district of Uttar Pradesh, had to begin working at age 12 to help pay off the two loans his father had taken out. Credit: Rina Mukherji/IPSPUNE, India, Sep 22 2020 (IPS) - One of the worst fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the closure of industries in India, which caused thousands of migrant labourers to return home to villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal. In a region where the poorest have always been subjected to bonded labour, child labour and slave trafficking, it has meant revisiting t...
Central Sahel – Shaping peace together with women and young people Statement for International Peace Day
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Central Sahel – Shaping peace together with women and young people Statement for International Peace Day

Africa, Armed Conflicts, Crime & Justice, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Education, Gender, Gender Violence, Headlines, Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies, Inequity, Peace, Sustainability, TerraViva United Nations Opinion Mabingue Ngom, Regional Director, West and Central Africa Region, UNFPA and Shoko Arakaki, Director of Humanitarian Office, UNFPA NEW YORK, Sep 21 2020 (IPS) - 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 services. The impact on affected people is devastat...
Peace is the North Star During and the Post COVID-19 Pandemic
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Peace is the North Star During and the Post COVID-19 Pandemic

Africa, Armed Conflicts, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Featured, Headlines, Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies, Inequity, Peace, Poverty & SDGs, Sustainability, TerraViva United Nations Opinion Siddharth Chatterjee (@sidchat1) is the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya. Walid Badawi (@walidbadawi) is the UNDP Resident Representative to Kenya.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 HouseNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 2020 (IPS) - Amid various global conflicts in the 1980s and 1990s, the International Day of Peace (IDOP) was established to commemorate the strengthening of the ideals of peace globally. Toda...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Forged a New Place for Women in the Law and Society
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Forged a New Place for Women in the Law and Society

Democracy, Gender, Headlines, Human Rights, North America Sep 20 2020 (IPS) - 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. But to understand that, we must reflect on her legacy. In 1956, Ginsburg enrolled in Harvard Law School, one of only nine women in her year alongside about 500 men. Reflecting the prevailing mindset of the time, which regarded the study and practise of law as the proper domain of men, the Harvard dean, Erwin Griswold, asked each of the nine women h...
Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children
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Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children

Crime & Justice, Economy & Trade, Education, Featured, Gender, Gender Violence, Global, Headlines, Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies, Inequity, Peace, TerraViva United Nations, Women in Politics, Women's Health Opinion Exclusive to IPS Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, former President of IrelandMary RobinsonDUBLIN, Sep 16 2020 (IPS) - The impacts of crises are never gender-neutral and COVID-19 is no exception. The pandemic has resulted in increased rates of violence against women and has exacerbated challenges in accessing justice. Women are losing their livelihoods faster than men. Millions of women are assuming disproportionate responsibility for caregiving. Many women have found themselves unable to access contraception and other sexual and reproductive health...