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South America’s Gas Dreams

Gas development in South America, during pandemic and post pandemic times, was the issue of a new round of debates this Friday 14 at the XXX La Jolla Energy Conference, which takes place virtually from May 7 to 28, and brings together officials , Latin American businessmen and analysts. Credit: Emilio Godoy / IPS. By Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, May 14 2021 – The gas producing countries of South...

Where are the Women? How Pandemic Decisions are Ingraining Global Gender Bias

A healthcare worker collects samples for COVID-19 testing at Mimar Sinan State Hospital in Buyukcekmece district, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2020. New numbers reveal that men outnumber women 3-1 in 225 COVID-19 task forces around the world, while 70 percent of the frontline healthcare workers are women. Credit: UNDP Turkey/Levent Kulu By Raquel LagunasUNITED NATIONS, May 14 2021 – There are teams...

US Casts 45 Vetoes – and Counting—While Protecting a Client State

Smoke from an airstrike rises over the city of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip. Credit: UNICEF/Eyad El Baba By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, May 14 2021 – The UN Security Council (UNSC), the most powerful political body at the United Nations, has largely remained silent or ineffective in resolving one of the longstanding military conflicts in the Middle East involving Israelis and Palestinians. But,...

PRA Health Sciences pioneers connecting clinical trial patients with their real-world data with Synoma

RALEIGH, N.C., May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAH) announced today an innovative tokenization solution using Synoma , PRA's proprietary technology that allows for the generation of enhanced evidence for drug development. PRA's solution makes it possible to connect clinical trial data and secondary data sets with privacy at the forefront. Today, three...

Latin America & the Caribbean Assess Climate Ambition and Action Ahead of COP26

Wallhouse, Dominica, 2017, a few days after Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck the island. At the Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week the Dominican Republic called for a consolidated regional vision in the face of climate change that would bring a strong regional position to COP26. Credit: Alison Kentish/IPS By Alison KentishUNITED NATIONS, May 13 2021 – The Dominican Republic opened...

Russia’s Sputnik Diplomacy

Older adults are amongst the first Peruvians to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination site in Lima, Peru. “The World Health Organisation’s Global Vaccine Access Fund, or Covax, amounts to a clearinghouse for the West’s leftovers,” says the writer. Credit: UNICEF/Jose Vilca By Valentina LaresMADRID, May 13 2021 – While Western countries were busy with their own vaccination campaigns,...

Will the UN hold Myanmar’s Military Accountable for Its Crimes against Children?

People holding a vigil in Yangon, Myanmar. Credit: Unsplash/Zinko Hein By Yanghee LeeSEOUL, May 13 2021 – In one particularly bloody day in March, Myanmar’s security forces shot and killed at least ten children, some as young as 6, in violent crackdowns against peaceful protests. Since the military seized control over the country three months ago, more than 50 children have been killed, countless...

COVID-19 Brings Fresh Challenges to Nigeria’s Leprosy-affected

By Sam OlukoyaLAGOS, Nigeria, May 12 2021 – People affected by leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, are often stigmatised. In countries like Nigeria, many of them end up as beggars due to the psycho- and socio-economic problems they face. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fresh challenges for them and life is getting increasingly difficult. Sam Olukoya in Lagos takes a look at how people...

It Takes a Community to Defeat COVID-19

A local cemetery working running on the ground collecting logs for funeral pyres, to perform the last rites for patients who died of Covid, on 29 April at the Ghazipur cremation ground in New Delhi. (Ghazipur Cremation Ground/File-Amit Sharma) By Shubha Nagesh and Ifeanyi NsoforDEHRADUN, India/ABUJA, May 12 2021 – The media is awash with the devastating news of deaths and sufferings due to...

The UN’s Guterres, an Incumbent With Strong Backing by Europe, Is Bound to Win Another Term

The General Assembly held a “dialogue” on May 7, 2021, with the UN’s member countries and António Guterres, the only officially recognized candidate for UN secretary-general and an incumbent. Only two civil society groups were able to ask questions across the three-hour session. Credit: ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO By Barbara CrossetteNEW YORK, May 12 2021 – It was all over in one crucial...