World Teachers’ Day highlights need to transform education — Global Issues

The statement comes in their joint message to mark World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October. The international community has committed to transform education – a process that must be led by teachers. The critical partner That’s the firm belief expressed by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UN educational and cultural agency, UNESCO; Gilbert F. … Read more

New WHO strategy aims to strengthen rapid response to health emergencies — Global Issues

The Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) 2030 Strategy was launched at a meeting in Yerevan, Armenia, bringing together health workers, technical experts and international partners from 110 countries. EMTs are groups of health professionals, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, support workers and logisticians. They are trained and prepared to provide immediate support during an emergency. A stronger … Read more

New UN report urges Europe to step-up action over triple environmental crisis — Global Issues

Action is needed over emissions, waste, pollution and biodiversity loss, it says, adding that solutions can be found, through a focus on a “circular economy” and sustainable infrastructure. The call came during the ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, which runs until Friday, in the report authored by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) … Read more

Guterres says Central African Republic must ‘spare no effort’ to help bring killers of UN peacekeepers to justice — Global Issues

The ‘blue helmets’ from the UN Stabilization Mission in CAR, MINUSCA, were traveling on night patrol, near the village of Kaita, when their vehicle detonated an explosive device. The injured were evacuated to Bouar, where they are receiving treatment at a MINUSCA hospital, the mission said in a statement. MINUSCA said it had launched an … Read more

Climate change heightens threats of violence against women and girls — Global Issues

Presenting a report to the General Assembly on its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls described climate change as “the most consequential threat multiplier for women and girls, with far-reaching impacts on new and existing forms of gendered inequities”. They maintained that the “cumulative and gendered consequences” … Read more

‘Worrying upsurge’ in deadly cholera, warns Tedros, in wide-ranging global health update — Global Issues

So far, 63 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola Virus infection have been reported, including 29 deaths; 10 infected health workers, four of whom have died; and four people who have recovered and are receiving follow-up care. “WHO has released $2 million from our Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE), and we’re…sending additional specialists, supplies, and … Read more

Is it Time for Africa to Talk Tough? — Global Issues

Tanzanian officials tour the Kingfisher upstream oil project in Uganda. The African Union has adopted a position of energy access which includes deploying all forms of energy resources, including non-renewable and renewables, to address the energy crisis in the continent. Credit: Wambi Michael/IPS Opinion by Wambi Michael (kampala) Wednesday, October 05, 2022 Inter Press Service Kampala, … Read more

The Allure of Strongmen — Global Issues

opinion by Jan Lundius (stockholm) Wednesday, October 05, 2022 Inter Press Service STOCKHOLM, Oct 05 (IPS) – After President Putin had given a speech, garnered with accusations and myths, a mega-show at the red square Ukrainian the re-entry of four celebrated regions to the bosom of Mother Russia. This while a mass mobilization was preparing … Read more

UN envoy urges dialogue to end political impasse in Iraq — Global Issues

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, UN Special Representative in Iraq, briefed the Security Council in New York, warning that “public disillusion is running sky-high”, as too many citizens have lost all faith in politicians. Their protracted inaction has sparked protests and counter-protests, culminating in deadly clashes this past August. Direct consequences, ongoing volatility “These tragic developments are indisputably … Read more

The many ways space technologies make the world a better place — Global Issues

Maruška Strah, Executive Director of the World Space Week Association The theme of this year’s World Space Week is “Space and Sustainability”. The UN Week, the largest annual space the world, will focus on explaining how the technologies developed to send objects and people into space, having a direct benefit on the ground. Maruška Strah, … Read more