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  1. Leveraging the Potential for Green Growth in Vulnerable Countries

    Monday, October 08, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 08 (IPS) - In May the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced next year's summit on climate. This assertion has given green growth and the Global Green Growth Institute international momentum, which was reflected in the events of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City.

  2. Going Full Circle for Growth and the Planet

    Friday, October 05, 2018

    Oct 05 (IPS) - LI Yong is Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Hongjoo Hahm is Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) The business case for making our economy more sustainable is clear. Globally, transitioning to a circular economy - where materials are reused, re-manufactured or recycled-could significantly reduce carbon emissions and deliver over US$1 trillion in material cost savings by 2025.(1) The benefits for Asia and the Pacific would be huge. But to make this happen, the region needs to reconcile its need for economic growth with its ambition for sustainable business.

  3. Investing in Arab and Asian Youth For a Sustainable Future

    Friday, October 05, 2018

    MANAMA, Oct 05 (IPS) - As the youth population has increased to unprecedented levels in Arab and Asian regions, governments need to do more to invest in them.

  4. Poised to Become Digital-First Economies, ASEAN Countries Still Face Core Challenges

    Friday, October 05, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 05 (IPS) - Jia Feng is Communications Officer, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Communications DepartmentHomegrown Ride-Hailing APPS, intelligent traffic systems, advanced construction techniques, automated energy-consumption management all propel the innovation wave washing over the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

  5. Climate Change Response Must Be Accompanied By a Renewed Approach to Economic Development

    Friday, October 05, 2018

    KINGSTON, Oct 05 (IPS) - In the face of the many challenges posed by climate change, Panos Caribbean, a global network of institutes working to give a voice to poor and marginalised communities, says the Caribbean must raise its voice to demand and support the global temperature target of 1.5 °C.

  6. Boiling Point: The World’s Biggest Jump in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Thursday, October 04, 2018

    SINGAPORE, Oct 04 (IPS) - Amit Prakash is a Singapore-based journalist and founder of FINAL WORD, a content and communications consultancy.

    The Blue Dragon, a small riverfront eatery in Hoi An, Vietnam, serves morsels of local trivia to tourists along with $2 plates of crisp spring rolls and succulent noodles.

    On its damp-stained walls, the Blue Dragon's owner, Nam, marks the level of annual floods that submerge this popular UNESCO World Heritage town renowned for its bright-yellow-painted buildings.

  7. Saving the Kindergarten of Sharks

    Thursday, October 04, 2018

    MAYAN RIVIERA, Mexico, Oct 04 (IPS) - Every winter dozens of bull sharks come to Mexico's Mayan Riviera to breed. A single bull shark can give birth to up to 15 young. They are the only species of shark that can live in both fresh and salt water.

  8. Over and Under Nutrition: Two Sides of an Unhealthy Coin

    Thursday, October 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 04 (IPS) - A dramatic shift in the way we eat and think about food is more urgent than ever to prevent further environmental degradation and an even larger health epidemic.   

  9. Maldives Envoy tells UN About Peaceful Transfer of Power

    Wednesday, October 03, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 03 (IPS) - Maldives is currently going through a peaceful transfer of power to opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who was elected president last month, the nation's Permanent Representative Ali Naseer Mohamed assured the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

  10. Deaf or Dead? The Unbearable Choice for some TB Patients

    Wednesday, October 03, 2018

    CAPE TOWN, Oct 03 (IPS) - Phumeza Tisile is a student at the University of Cape Town and an advocate working to help eradicate TBLike death, hearing loss is irreversible. I never imagined that I would have to choose between the two until seven years ago when I became infected with tuberculosis (TB), a contagious disease caused by an airborne bacterium.

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