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Latin America Lagging in ICT Sustainable Development Goal

Friday, August 28, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Aug 28 (IPS) - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will include targets for information and communication technologies, such as strengthening the Internet. And Latin America will be behind from the start in aspects that are key to increasing its educational and medical uses, bolster security and expand bandwidth.

Disarmament Conference Ends with Ambitious Goal – But How to Get There?

Friday, August 28, 2015

HIROSHIMA, Aug 28 (IPS) - A three-day landmark U.N. Conference on Disarmament Issues has ended here – one day ahead of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests – stressing the need for ushering in a world free of nuclear weapons, but without a consensus on how to move towards that goal.

U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions Causing Civilian Deaths in Yemen

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - New research released today by a leading human rights watchdog has found evidence of seven attacks involving cluster munitions in Yemen's northwestern Hajja governorate.

Opinion: A Farewell to Arms that Fuel Atrocities is Within Our Grasp

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CANCUN, Mexico, Aug 27 (IPS) - The recent explosions that apparently destroyed a 2,000-year-old temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria were yet another grim example of how the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) uses conventional weapons to further its agenda.

OPEC Fund Supports UNIDO in Latin America

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA, Aug 27 (IPS) - The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has agreed to give the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) a grant in support of a project aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the shrimp value chain in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

Emerging Industrial Power Rises From Aid Beneficiary to Donor Nation

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - Back in 1996, when South Korea voluntarily quit the 132-member Group of 77 (G77) – described as the largest single coalition of developing nations -- it joined the 34-member Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), long known as the "rich man's club" based in Paris.

Water, Climate, Energy Intertwined with Fight Against Poverty in Central America

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MANAGUA, Aug 27 (IPS) - Central America's toolbox to pull 23 million people – almost half of the population – out of poverty must include three indispensable tools: universal access to water, a sustainable power supply, and adaptation to climate change.

Call for Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons Testing

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HIROSHIMA, Aug 27 (IPS) - As the international community gears up to commemorate the 20th anniversary next year of the opening up of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) for signature, a group of eminent persons (GEM) has launched a concerted campaign for entry into force of a global ban on nuclear weapon testing.

Opinion: How Will Wall Street Greet the Pope?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, Aug 27 (IPS) - Millions in the New York City area are excited about Pope Francis' visit on Sep. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly as worldwide consensus grows on the need to shift global investments from fossil fuels to clean, efficient, renewable energy in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scheduled to replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

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