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Sustainable Use of Biodiversity Could Fill Gap When Belo Monte Dam Is Finished

Friday, July 03, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jul 03 (IPS) - Some argue that the sustainable use of biodiversity is the best alternative for local development in the area surrounding the enormous Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, now that the construction project is entering its final phase on the Xingú River in Brazil's Amazon jungle.

Funding For Desperate Palestinian Refugees Under Threat

Friday, July 03, 2015

JERUSALEM, Jul 03 (IPS) - The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) faces a severe financial crisis which could see core services to desperate Palestinian refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank halted unless donors step in before the end of September.

Financial Transaction Tax Could Boost New Development Goals

Thursday, July 02, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 02 (IPS) - Ever since the Monterrey Consensus on Financing for Development in March 2002 called for new and innovative strategies to complement traditional Official Development Assistance (ODA), various financial instruments have been discussed.

Syrian Refugees Face Hunger Amidst Humanitarian Funding Crisis

Thursday, July 02, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jul 02 (IPS) - The United Nations' food aid organisation, the World Food Programme (WFP), said on Jul. 1 that up to 440,000 refugees from war-torn Syria might have to go hungry if no additional funds are received by August.

Opinion: If You’re Against Coal Mining, Walk In and Stop It

Thursday, July 02, 2015

BERLIN, Jul 02 (IPS) - "If you're against coal mining, why don't you just walk into a coal mine and stop the excavators?"

Panama and Nicaragua - Two Canals, One Shared Dream

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

PANAMA CITY, Jul 01 (IPS) - Nicholas Suchecki Guillén is blind. His dream was to visit the Panama Canal expansion works, touch the cement structures, and feel part of this new period of history in his country.

Union Islanders Wonder if Their Home Will Be the Next Atlantis

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jul 01 (IPS) - Fifteen years ago, Stephanie Browne, a former Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, needed only to look at the beach outside her house to know why her community in Union Island was called "Big Sand".

Poor Bear the Brunt of Corruption in India’s Food Distribution System

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jul 01 (IPS) - Chottey Lal, 43, a daily wage labourer at a construction site in NOIDA, a township in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is a beleaguered man. After a gruelling 12-hour daily shift at the dusty location, he and his wife Subha make barely enough to feed a family of seven.

U.N. Remains Divided Over Domestic and State Terrorism

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 01 (IPS) - When nine African-American worshippers were gunned down by a white supremacist inside a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina last month, there was a sharp division of opinion in the United States whether that murderous act of killing innocent civilians constituted a "hate crime" or an "act of terrorism."

A New Climate for Peace

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 01 (IPS) - U.N. officials, government leaders and civil society actors gathered Tuesday at the German House for a panel discussion on climate change as a "threat-multiplier".

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