The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the current Israeli military offensive.
A Somali girl reads from the board during English class at the Dr. Hawa Abdi Centre in Afgoye. In September 2013, the Somali government, with support from the United Nations and other partners, launched the “Go2School” campaign aimed at increasing school enrolment by one million children in three years. Currently, girls make up just 36% of the students in Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), looks at the challenge facing policymakers in fostering biofuel production while protecting food supplies.
ROME, Jun 3 2014 (IPS) - Modern biofuels have become a fact of life, part of a quest for more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable businesses and lifestyles. But to be truly sustainable, biofuel production must strike a balance between its benefits and its potential hidden costs, between energy security and food security.
Librada Maciel has been working for 20 years as a domestic worker in the region of Itapúa, a rural area in Southern Paraguay. “I took this job because I had no choice,” she explained.
Like most domestic workers in Paraguay, Librada Maciel worked between 12 and 14 hours a day, without being covered by any kind of social protection.