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Global challenges for the ‘NextGen’

MELBOURNE, Oct 15, 2019 (IPS) — Success has many parents – so the saying goes. In the case of the massive successes of international agricultural research, no one person can claim parentage. There are heroes along the way such as Norman Borlaug and his early cereal breeding, and the team that eliminated the cattle disease Rinderpest from the world — smallpox is the only other disease that has been totally eradicated. Another is the founder of The Crawford Fund, Derek Tribe, who was also instrumental in the creation of what is now the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which I chair. However, it would be more correct to highlight the thousands of scientists who have contributed to the world’s greatest feat of feeding an extra three billion people when pundits said it was impossible. Comment

Translating ambition to action: High hopes for United Nations Action Week

Viewpoints: Cameron Diver is deputy director-general, the Pacific Community (SPC) New Caledonia, Sept 13 2019 (IPS) - In less than 10 days, countries from around the planet will come together in New York for the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit. I look forward to representing the Pacific Community (SPC) at this important event, and throughout “Action Week” during the upcoming UN General Assembly. Comment
Bahamas: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is focusing on providing clinical care to save the lives of persons who survived Hurricane Dorian and keeping people safe, with three Emergency Medical Teams arriving in the Bahamas. Comment

Hurricane Dorian devastates The Bahamas

Bahamas: Consul General of the Bahamas in New York, Lawrence “Larry” Cartwright has confirmed as of press time that two citizens have succumbed to their injuries and seven are seeking medical attention, as a result of Hurricane Dorian, which swept through the tourist destination and left destruction in its path. Comment

CTO offers ‘full support’ to Bahamians in wake of Hurricane Dorian

Bahamas: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on Tuesday expressed deepest regret, sadness and “full support” over the loss of life and damage done to the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island by the category 5 hurricane, Dorian. Comment



Bahamas: Fellow Caribbean Community nations are rushing to the aid of The Bahamas after the most powerful Atlantic storm on record pummeled two of its famous Family Islands but even as authorities begin a sorrowful assessment of the damage, the head of government urged locals to brace for a rising death toll. Comment

Let the world’s future not turn into ashes

Viewpoints: Beverly Longid is global coordinator, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), and a staunch defender of indigenous peoples (IP) rights in the Philippines since the 1990s. MANILA, Aug 28 2019 (IPS) - With the record rate blaze in the Amazon that struck Indigenous communities, the world is confronted by a humanitarian crisis in the midst of an ever-worsening political-economic condition. Comment

Caribbean needs own Hurricane Hunter – Barbados PM

Barbados: Uncertainty of the level of impact of Tropical Storm Dorian on Barbados until the cyclone was over the island Monday night has prompted Prime Minister Mia Mottley to say it is time that the region secures control of its own ‘Hurricane Hunter’ plane. Comment

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