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Big polluting lobbyists may be forced to declare interests at UN talks

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ABU DHABI, UAE, May 25 (IPS) - Is the presence of the fossil fuel industry necessary in global climate change negotiations, or does their presence in these talks represent a conflict of interest and undermine global progress?

Africa - More than Just Conflicts, Corruption, Disasters

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ROME, May 25 (IPS) - Natural and man-made disasters, armed conflicts, widespread corruption and deep social inequalities have been so far a dramatic source for most news coverage when it comes to Africa, the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent on Earth, which hosts 54 states spreading over 30 million square kilometres that are home to over 1.2 billion people.

Slow Growth Stalls SDGs’ Progress

Thursday, May 25, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (IPS) - The world will not be on track to eradicate poverty by 2030 if current growth trends continue, a UN task force found.

Q&A: “It’s a Crime” that 35 Million Latin Americans Still Suffer from Hunger

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nutrition Key to Developing Africa’s “Grey Matter Infrastructure”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

AHMEDABAD, India, May 24 (IPS) - Developing Africa's ‘grey matter infrastructure' through multi-sector investments in nutrition has been identified as a game changer for Africa's sustainable development.

The Ocean Conference: An Integrated Vision that must be Delivered

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (IPS) - In March 2015 at the Sendai World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, the then President of Kirbati, Anote Tong, made it very clear how vulnerable his country was to climate and disaster risk, when he informed the room (which was sadly less than half full) that his country had purchased land in Fiji.

Gateway Portals and the Quest for Sustainable Urbanization

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NEW YORK, May 24 (IPS) - On a busy Friday afternoon, the number 1 subway train heading north through Manhattan's Westside comes out of a dark tunnel --and if one takes a minute to release oneself from communication devices—one can catch sight of the approaching 125th street in the distance, the crosswalk buzzing with yellow cabs.

Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ROME, May 24 (IPS) - Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase.

Survivors of the El Mozote Massacre Have New Hopes for Justice in El Salvador

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

EL MOZOTE, El Salvador, May 23 (IPS) - Except for a house with its walls riddled with holes made by bursts of machine gun fire, nobody would say that the quiet Salvadoran village of El Mozote was the scene of one of the worst massacres in Latin America, just 35 years ago.

Menstrual Health and Vitality: Breaking the Silence, Stemming the Flood

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

GENEVA, May 23 (IPS) - Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere. But it still matters so much more to women and girls, who have historically been asked to bleed in stoic silence so that no one even knows they have their period.

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