Healthy Planet Needs Ocean Action from Asian and Pacific Countries — Global Issues

opinion by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana (bangkok, thailand) Monday, June 27, 2022 Inter Press Service Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaIf done right ocean action will also be climate action but this will require working in concert on a few fronts. First, we must invest in and support science and technology to produce key solutions. Strengthening science-policy interfaces to … Read more

G7 launches $600bn infrastructure plan to counter China | News

The G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment will help finance infrastructure projects in developing nations. The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations have pledged to raise $600bn in private and public funds over five years to finance infrastructure in developing countries and counter China’s older, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project. US President … Read more

Countries urged to ‘dig deep’ and support Afghanistan in aftermath of deadly earthquake — Global Issues

“Yesterday’s visit reaffirmed to me both the extreme suffering of people in Afghanistan and their tremendous solves in the face of great adversity,” said Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan. The UN and partners have developed a three-month emergency appeal, included within their humanitarian plan for Afghanistan … Read more

Shanghai records zero COVID cases for first time since March | Coronavirus pandemic News

China is the last major economy committed to a zero-COVID strategy, with restrictions aimed at stamping out all infections. China has reported zero new COVID-19 infections in Shanghai for the first time since March, as the country’s latest outbreak subsides after months of lockdowns and other restrictions. China is the last major economy committed to … Read more

ICC prosecutor to reopen Philippines ‘drug war’ investigation | News

At least 6,117 suspected drug dealers were killed in police encounters up to April 2021, according to government data. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said he would seek to reopen an investigation into killings and other suspected human rights abuses during former Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs”. According to … Read more

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

One of the UN teams on the ground, the UNHCR refugee agency, 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

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

Across Asia and the Pacific, Digitalization of Rural Communities is Leading the Way to a Better Future But the Goal is to Leave No One Behind

Credit: FAO opinion by Jong-Jin Kim (Bangkok) Friday, June 24, 2022 Inter Press Service BANGKOK, Jun 24 (IPS) – Jong-Jin Kim is Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)It wasn’t that long ago that Internet connectivity faded the moment one left a populated area like a city or … Read more

Digital Technology Buoys Indonesian Catfish Farmers — Global Issues

Men working for Edy Prasetyo harvesting catfish in Indramayu, West Java, take a break on a recent day. Credit: Kafil Yamin/IPS by Kafil Yamin (indramayu, indonesia) Friday, June 24, 2022 Inter Press Service INDRAMAYU, Indonesia, Jun 24 (IPS) – For years Indramayu has been known as one of Indonesia’s rice centres. The district in West … Read more

Kim, N Korea military approve plans to strengthen ‘war deterrent’ | Nuclear Weapons News

Analysts say North Koreans could indicate plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons to front lines. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a strengthening of the country’s defense capabilities at a key meeting where top military officials adopted an “important” action plan for front-line troops. The decisions, reported by state media on Friday, have … Read more