Six month wait for water to recede, warn relief agencies — Global Issues

Close to eight million people have been displaced by the disaster and the UN along with the authorities and partners have continued to race to reach affected populations with desperately needed relief items. Southern Sindh province is still in crisis, with many areas still under water. To date, more than…

Pakistan Flooding Shows ‘Adapting’ to Climate Change Can Be a Dangerous Illusion — Global Issues

A flooded village in Matiari, in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Credit: UNICEF/Asad Zaidi Opinion by Philippe Benoit (paris) Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Inter Press Service PARIS, Sep 14 (IPS) – One third of Pakistan is now under water. The scope of the destruction is difficult to fathom, not just the…

Increasing evidence of crimes against humanity since coup — Global Issues

The Geneva-based body was briefed by Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM), who presented its latest report.  The Mechanism was established by the Council to collect and preserve evidence of the most serious international crimes in the country.  Lack of accountability  Mr. Koumjian began by…

UN chief sees ‘great heights’ of human endurance and heroism amid ‘climate carnage’ in Pakistan — Global Issues

The UN chief landed in Sindh province before flying over some of the worst-affected areas on his way to Balochistan, where he met with local residents, some of whom were directly impacted by the floods. Many had lost their loved ones, homes and everything they owned, amid the near continuous…

Black pigs, green tea, and pink orchids – preserving China’s natural resources — Global Issues

Friday, September 09, 2022 UN News China has a dizzying range of rich natural resources. The country is home to 10 per cent of all known plant species, and 14 per cent of all known fauna. The UN, with the Chinese authorities, is working to ensure that the benefits from…

UN scales up financial and other support after ‘latest climate tragedy’ — Global Issues

The funding will help prevent waterborne diseases and epidemics, and provide nutrition supplements, clean water and reproductive health care for the most vulnerable people, as well as feed for livestock.  WFP has already reached more than 400,000 people impacted by #PakistanFloods with food assistance. Support is needed to urgently recover…

In flood-hit Pakistan, Guterres appeals for ‘massive’ global support, tougher action on climate change — Global Issues

Pakistan has been inundated with near continuous monsoon rainfall, flash flooding, and rain-induced landslides since mid-June, causing widespread devastation and casualties affecting millions of people across the South Asian country. Upon his arrival, Mr. Guterres was briefed on the latest developments and the Pakistan-led response by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif…

Social contract needed to lift Asia and Pacific region’s workforce out of poverty — Global Issues

“Our region spends less than half of the global average on social protection,” saidESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana. “Almost 60 per cent of the population has no social protection coverage against normal life events such as pregnancy, child-raising, sickness, disability, unemployment or simply getting old”. The 2022 Social Outlook for…

A Treasure Worth More than a Trillion Dollars — Global Issues

Over one year after the Taliban takeover, an estimated 24.4 million people – 59 per cent of the population in Afghanistan – are dependent on international aid and emergency relief in their day-to-day lives. Credit: UNAMA/Fraidoon Poya by Baher Kamal (madrid) Tuesday, September 06, 2022 Inter Press Service MADRID, Sep 06…