Global Issues

  1. As international negotiators committed to hammering out a draft treaty by November on ending plastic pollution, the UN chief stressed in his message for World Environment Day on Monday, the importance of curbing the “catastrophic” consequences of waste plastics.

    Read the full story, “World must ‘work as one’ to end plastic pollution: Guterres”, on

  2. The UN Secretary-General has expressed his deep sadness over the loss of life and injuries sustained during India’s worst rail disaster this century, when three trains collided in the eastern state of Odisha on Friday.

    Read the full story, “India train disaster: UN chief deeply saddened by loss of life”, on

  3. Perfectly foamed milk. A delicate butterfly enswirled atop. A bittersweet tang on the palate. A perfect cappuccino? It is beyond that. This particular cup was masterfully frothed and served by Denny, an inmate in Tangerang, a prison to the west of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, who joined a UN-supported training programme aimed at helping prisoners to re-integrate into society after serving time.

    Read the full story, “Baristas behind bars: From serving time to serving lattes”, on

  4. Kourou/Koualou, a tiny village in a neutral zone straddling Benin and Burkina Faso, was the centre of a one-million-litre-a-year cross-border illicit fuel trade, a snapshot of a phenomenon that spreads far across the 6,000-kilometre-wide African Sahel region.

    Read the full story, “Trafficking in the Sahel: Gas lighting”, on

  5. ROCKY POINT, Jamaica, Jun 02 (IPS) - Long before the COVID-19 Pandemic, fishers at the Rocky Point fishing beach in Clarendon were forced to venture farther out to sea to make a living or find alternatives to make ends meet.

    Read the full story, “Rocky Point Fishers Await Sanctuary To Ease Environmental Issues, Low Fish Catch”, on