Calling it unscientific, and a violation of human rights, a group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman. The practice, referred to as hymen, “two-finger” or per vaginal examination, is common...
The World population will grow by 2.2 billion between now and 2050, with more than half of that addition, of 1.3 billion people, is likely to be from sub-Saharan Africa. According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), globally people are increasingly preferring smaller families, indicating that more people are making...
By Sara Stefanini, Climate Home News The billionaire philanthropist known for his work on global health and development threw new weight and money behind efforts to limit global warming this week. In back-to-back events on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bill Gates launched a global commission to develop climate change adaptation measures and a European...
Alf Gunvald Nilsen, University of Agder The World Bank’s latest annual report on poverty and shared prosperity has an unsurprisingly positive message that only 10% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty in 2015, which is the most recent year that available data allows for global poverty estimates to...
About 815 million people across the globe do not have enough to eat. Some 155 million children under the age of five – 23 per cent – are chronically malnourished and stunted. One in two infant deaths worldwide are caused by hunger. Your actions too matter to address the global...
Leaders from 17 countries, including China and India have announced a new initiative -- the Global Commission on Adaptation-- to help the world adapt to the effects of a changing climate. Launched at The Hague on Oct. 16 the commission is led by Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations secretary-general;...
By Megan Darby, Climate Home News Project developers bidding for $1.1 billion from the Green Climate Fund are looking anxiously for board approval in Bahrain this week. The fund’s last board meeting in July collapsed with no agreement on 11 project proposals, worth nearly $1bn, nor on how to raise a...
Roasted mopane caterpillars are eaten in Livingstone, Zambia. Rainer Lesniewski/Flickr Esther Ndumi Ngumbi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Insects could be a game changer in the race to combat food insecurity and achieve zero hunger – the theme of this year’s World Food Day. Eating insects can help fight hunger and food insecurity....
Too many business are ignoring human rights aspects during their working and putting profit above it, a group of UN rights experts has said. Their report published on Tuesday urged companies to comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. “Ensuring that human rights are respected across their...
West's leading think tank OECD has published a list of 21 countries that have the so-called "golden passport" schemes criticised for promoting corruption and tax evasion. Such residence and citizenship by investment (CBI/RBI) schemes allow wealthy individuals to get citizenship or residence rights through local investments or by paying a high...

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