News headlines in September 2014

Africa Seeks Commitment to Adaptation in Climate Deal

Sunday, September 21, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Sep 21 (IPS) - It is a critical time for international climate change negotiations. By December 2015, world leaders are due to decide on an international climate change agreement covering all countries that will take effect in 2020. 

Environmental Funding Bypasses Indigenous Communities

Saturday, September 20, 2014

BALI, Indonesia, Sep 20 (IPS) - When she talks about the forests in her native Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, Maridiana Deren's facial expression changes. The calm, almost shy person is transformed into an emotionally charged woman, her fists clench and she stares wide-eyed at whoever is listening to her.

Will Governments Keep Their Promises on the Human Right to Water?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AHMEDABAD, India, Sep 20 (IPS) - It was a dramatic moment at the United Nations when it voted in 2010 to affirm water and sanitation as a human right.

Surprisingly Equal, Surprisingly Unequal

Saturday, September 20, 2014

COLOGNE, Sep 20 (IPS) - Thomas Piketty, a French economist who works on wealth and income inequality, has triggered a debate on the distribution of income and wealth in many countries. This is no small issue because views on income inequality and concomitant redistributive preferences are crucial to the design of tax and transfer systems.

U.N. Urged to Reaffirm Reproductive Rights in Post-2015 Agenda

Friday, September 19, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 (IPS) - The U.N.'s post-2015 development agenda has been described as the most far-reaching and comprehensive development-related endeavour ever undertaken by the world body.

OPINION: Step Up Efforts Against Hunger

Friday, September 19, 2014

ROME, Sep 19 (IPS) - At the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), heads of government and the international community committed themselves to reducing the number of hungry people in the world by half. Five years later, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lowered this level of ambition by only seeking to halve the proportion of the hungry.

Geographical Divide in Maternal Health for Syrian Refugees

Friday, September 19, 2014

DOHUK, Iraq, Sep 19 (IPS) - At the largest refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, young Syrian mothers and pregnant women are considered relatively lucky.

Rare Zambian Tree Faces Exploitation Because of Legal Loophole

Friday, September 19, 2014

RUFUNSA, Zambia, Sep 19 (IPS) - Steven Nyambose used to sell charcoal for a living until he discovered that the trees could be more lucrative in another way - through cutting them down and selling the logs to international buyers.

New Fund to Build on “Unprecedented Convergence” Around Land Rights

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - Starting next year, a new grant-making initiative will aim to fill what organisers say has been a longstanding gap in international coordination and funding around the recognition of community land rights.

Is Newly-Renovated U.N. Readying For Balkanisation of World?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 (IPS) - When world political leaders arrive next week for the annual ritual of addressing the United Nations, they will be speaking inside a newly renovated General Assembly hall - part of a hefty 2.1-billion-dollar, seven-year refurbishing project - with an extended seating capacity for 204 member states, 11 more than the current 193.

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