The new coronavirus, COVID-19, was declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the end of January and has since laid bare all the vulnerabilities at the heart of human development. The Sustainable Development Goals will have suffered a mortal blow if the world does not get […]

At a virtual meeting this week, the Bureau of Conferences of the Parties to UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its UK and Italian partners agreed on new dates for the UN Climate Conference, known as COP 26. It will now take place from November 1-12, 2021 in Glasgow. This one-year delay of COP 26 was […]

  Andrew Firmin is Editor-in-Chief of global civil society alliance, CIVICUS and has previously written for Equal Times, IPS and the Diplomatic Courier. Many of us continue to live in states of lockdown, but even as we do so the debate about what kind of world we want to re-emerge to should be an urgent one. It’s common to hear the […]

By Randy Mulyanto JAKARTA, June 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Two Indonesian brothers will go on trial next month for the murder of their teenage sister in a so-called honour killing, police said on Tuesday, a rare case in the country that has prompted calls for action to protect women and girls. The men are […]

  By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY, June 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A top U.N. expert urged global governments on Monday to ban the “degrading” practise known as conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The call came as new United Nations research said the widely discredited treatment was […]

  By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc, Reddit and a group representing major internet firms backed two documentary film groups that have challenged the Trump Administration’s 2019 rules requiring nearly all U.S. visitors to disclose social media user information from the prior five years. In court papers filed on Thursday, the […]

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, June 2 (Reuters) – At the Kanyinya COVID-19 treatment facility a short distance from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, Akazuba, Ikizere and Ngabo report for duty, but these are no ordinary health care workers. In a bid to minimise contact between patients infected with the coronavirus and doctors and nurses, the country has […]

Nigerian legendary reggae musician Majek Fashek was confirmed dead  in New York this morning. While details surrounding the cause of his passing still remain sketchy, Fashek’s manager Omenka Uzoma had earlier confirmed that the musician has been batting with critical health issues. Majekodunmi Fasheke ( Majek Fashek’s real name ) shot to fame at the […]

  By Michael Taylor KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tropical rainforests disappeared at a rate of one football pitch every six seconds last year, researchers said on Tuesday, urging countries to include forest protection in post-pandemic plans. The loss in 2019 of 3.8 million hectares (9.3 million acres) of tropical primary forest […]

  Aidan McQuade is an expert on slavery and forced labour and former director of Anti-Slavery International. To obtain a better life, Hope wanted to travel from her home state of Edo in Nigeria to Germany. So, she found an “agent” who promised to help her get to Libya, from where she thought she could […]

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