Thursday , February 25th , 2021  

Mexico to Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities

Tractor caravan to Mexico City farmer protest demands “Mexico Free of Transgenics”. Credit: Enrique Perez S./ANEC By Timothy A. WiseCAMBRIDGE MA, Feb 24 2021 – Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. His administration...

Is the USA Fit to Rejoin the UN Human Rights Council?

National civic space ratings from the CIVICUS Monitor, which uses up-to-date information and indicators to assess the state of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression for all UN Member States. Credit: CIVICUS Monitor By Emily StandfieldTORONTO, Canada, Feb 24 2021 – A month into Joe Biden’s presidency, the U.S. has rejoined nearly all the multilateral institutions and international...

The Global Insecurity of Climate Change

Sudanese youth live with continuous insecurity due to climate change vulnerability, including droughts, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity. Courtesy: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ UNAMID/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 By Nalisha AdamsBONN, Germany, Feb 24 2021 – For Sudanese youth, climate change is synonymous with insecurity. “We are living in a continuous insecurity due to many factors...

Myanmar: Heroes and Villains

By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 23 2021 – Myanmar’s State Counsellor was recently deposed and arrested along with other leaders of her ruling party – National League for Democracy (NLD). The Leader of Tatmadaw, the Military, Min Aung Hlaing, announced that elections in November last year had been fraudulent and in an “effort to save democracy” the military would now rule the nation...

Natural Enemies: How Mango Farmers are Tackling an Invasive Fruit Fly Pest

Mango farmers Susan and Batsirai Zinoro from Mutoko District, Zimbabwe are using Integrated Pest Management methods to control a fruit fly pest. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 23 2021 – Every harvest season, Susan Zinoro, a mango farmer from Mutoko, Zimbabwe, buries half the mangoes she’s grown that season. They have already started rotting either on the...

How Technology Can Promote Multilingualism & How it Cannot

At a 2018 joint meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Economic and Social Committee, a robot named Sophia had an interactive session with Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias By Ian Richards and Mohamed Chiraz BalyGENEVA, Feb 23 2021 – Some of you may remember Sophia, the talking robot. In 2017 and 2018 she toured UN meetings...

Cuba Prioritises Sustainable Water Management in the Face of Climate Challenges

High-density polyethylene pipe is laid on a street in the Cuban capital, where the Aguas de La Habana water company is upgrading the water supply networks in the municipality of Centro Habana. CREDIT: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS By Luis BrizuelaHAVANA, Feb 23 2021 – With the construction of aqueducts, water purification and desalination plants, and investments to upgrade hydraulic infrastructure,...

Developing Countries Struggling To Cope With COVID-19

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 2021 – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting most developing countries disproportionately, especially the United Nations’ least developed countries (LDCs) and the World Bank’s low-income countries (LICs). Years of implementing neoliberal policy conditionalities and advice have made most developing countries...

Sustainable Energy Key to COVID-19 Recovery in Asia and the Pacific

By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Feb 22 2021 – The past year is one that few of us will forget. While the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have played out unevenly across Asia and the Pacific, the region has been spared many of the worst effects seen in other parts of the world. The pandemic has reminded us that a reliable and uninterrupted energy supply is critical to managing...

The Boon and Bane of LDC Graduation: The Bangladesh Experience

By Iftekhar Ahmed ChowdhurySINGAPORE, Feb 22 2021 – Bangladeshis at the present time share a modicum of justifiable pride in the fact that the world merits this country worth watching in terms of its economic potentials. To my mind , we have reached this stage for the following reasons: First, effective utilization of early foreign assistance; second a steady ,albeit sustained, move away from...