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Only the Crazy and Economists Believe Growth is Endless

Monday, September 22, 2014

LEIPZIG, Sep 22 (IPS) - From the mid-20th century onwards, economic growth has come to count as a self-evident goal in economic policies and GDP to be seen as the most important index for measuring economic activities.

French Add Voice to Global Climate Action

Sunday, September 21, 2014

PARIS, Sep 21 (IPS) - As if to highlight the reality of climate change, the rain came pouring down here as demonstrators prepared to rally for political action to combat global warming.

OPINION: Invest in Young People to Harness Africa’s Demographic Dividend

Sunday, September 21, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Sep 21 (IPS) - Different issues will be competing for the attention of different African leaders attending the 69th United Nations General Assembly Special Session on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 in New York on Sep 22.

Boosting the Natural Disaster Immunity of Caribbean Hospitals

Sunday, September 21, 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 21 (IPS) - When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent's new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of "remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disaster."

Georgia’s Female Drug Addicts Face Double Struggle

Sunday, September 21, 2014

TBILISI, Sep 21 (IPS) - Irina was 21 when she first started using drugs. More than 30 years later, having lost her husband, her home and her business to drugs, she is still battling her addiction.

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.

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