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The U.N. at 70: A Glass Half Full

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

COLOMBO, May 26 (IPS) - As the U.N. enters its 70th year, it is legitimate to ask whether it has been a success so far. Over the years, the media, in particular the Western media, has tended to highlight the U.N.'s failures.

Opinion: Tobacco Taxes Too Effective to Overlook in Financing for Development

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK, May 26 (IPS) - Governments are in the midst of tough talks in New York over the text of the Addis Ababa Accord, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) , to be held in Ethiopia in July.

Opinion: Finance Like a Cancer Grows

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ROME, May 26 (IPS) - It is astonishing that every week we see action being taken in various part of the world against the financial sector, without any noticeable reaction of public opinion.

Pineapple Industry Leaves Costa Rican Communities High and Dry

Monday, May 25, 2015

SAN JOSE, May 25 (IPS) - Twelve years after finding the first traces of pesticides used by the pineapple industry, in the rural water supply, around 7,000 people from four communities in Costa Rica's Caribbean region are still unable to consume their tap water.

Q&A: Papua New Guinea Reckons With Unmet Development Goals

Monday, May 25, 2015

SYDNEY, May 25 (IPS) - As Papua New Guinea celebrates 40 years of independence, 2015 marks a defining year for the largest Pacific Island nation, set to record 15 percent GDP growth this year.

Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists

Saturday, May 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (IPS) - After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies.

When Kenyan Children’s Lives Hang on a Drip

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NAIROBI, May 23 (IPS) - Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health.

School Gardens Combat Hunger in Argentina

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, May 23 (IPS) - In Argentina, where millions of families have unmet dietary needs despite the country's vast expanse of fertile land, the Huerta Niño project promotes organic gardens in rural primary schools, to teach children healthy eating habits and show them that they can grow their own food to fight hunger.

Slum-Dwelling Still a Continental Trend in Africa

Friday, May 22, 2015

HARARE, May 22 (IPS) - Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf ‘shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame.

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