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02.02.2021

Pollution Prevention Groups Press Government to Ban Non-Environmentally Acceptable Products and Packaging

Pollution Prevention Groups Press Government to Ban Non-Environmentally Acceptable Products and Packaging

1 February 2021, Quezon City. The EcoWaste Coalition and Oceana Philippines urged the national government to roll out a long-overdue policy that could help the country leapfrog to a zero waste and toxic-free circular economy. The groups specifically asked the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), an inter-agency body under… »

01.02.2021

Arrests, military control ‘a serious blow’ to democratic reforms in Myanmar: UN chief

Arrests, military control ‘a serious blow’ to democratic reforms in Myanmar: UN chief

The United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned the detention of Myanmar’s top political leaders and government officials, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, by the country’s military. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Sunday,… »

30.01.2021

77 Lashes for a Gay Couple in Indonesia

77 Lashes for a Gay Couple in Indonesia

Troubling Trend of Anti-LGBT Actions Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province publicly flogged two gay men 77 times each on Thursday after a vigilante mob raided their apartment in November, allegedly caught them having sex, and handed them over to the police. The whipping—recognized as torture under international… »

28.01.2021

WHO team leaves Wuhan quarantine to start COVID probe

WHO team leaves Wuhan quarantine to start COVID probe

World Health Organization experts have begun their fact-finding mission on the origins of the global coronavirus pandemic. But it is not yet clear where they will be allowed to go and who they will get to talk to. A World Health Organization (WHO) team emerged Thursday from a Wuhan hotel used… »

28.01.2021

EcoWaste Coalition Backs PH Ratification of Treaties Banning Nuclear Weapons and Hazardous Waste Exports

EcoWaste Coalition Backs PH Ratification of Treaties Banning Nuclear Weapons and Hazardous Waste Exports

27 January 2021, Quezon City.  The waste and pollution watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition has expressed support for Senate concurrence in the government‘s ratification of a global agreement banning nuclear weapons. Last Thursday, January 21, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, as Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations, submitted proposed Senate Resolution… »

21.01.2021

Unmarried women and sexual health: Battling stigma in India

Unmarried women and sexual health: Battling stigma in India

Written by Eileen McDougall Persisting prejudice in India toward pre-marital sex means unmarried women face stigma by medical providers when trying to access sexual health services. Societal norms are indeed changing in the country as increasingly more women choose to delay marriage. India is now… »

20.01.2021

EcoWaste Coalition Honors Customs Official with “Environmental Justice Award” for Re-Exporting Illegal Waste Shipments to South Korea

EcoWaste Coalition Honors Customs Official with “Environmental Justice Award” for Re-Exporting Illegal Waste Shipments to South Korea

20 January 2021, Quezon City. The waste and pollution watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition presented the “Environmental Justice Award” to Bureau of Customs-Region 10 District Collector John Simon in a virtual ceremony held yesterday. Simon, a customs official with 31 years of distinguished service in the government sector, is the lone… »

19.01.2021

Understanding the Chinese foreign policy

Understanding the Chinese foreign policy

China has been the hot topic of discussion in the foreign policy corridors of most of the countries. Some have termed its policies as expansionist some are critical of its trade policies and human rights. At the same time, to some, it is an all-weather ally. China recently thrashed nearly… »

16.01.2021

CUTS International Aims to Become a Civil-Society UNCTAD

CUTS International Aims to Become a Civil-Society UNCTAD

By Kester Kenn Klomegah In this interview, Pradeep Mehta who is the founder Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS International), talks about the establishment of his organization, its geographical spread, the challenges it has faced over the years and future perspectives. Established in 1983, the… »

16.01.2021

Coronavirus: India launches massive vaccination drive

Coronavirus: India launches massive vaccination drive

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the “world’s largest” vaccination drive today, starting with healthcare and frontline workers. The government has defended the Indian-made Covaxin jab. India launched its mammoth vaccination drive on Saturday, as the country tries to bring the pandemic under control with two locally-produced vaccines. »

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