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  1. Getting Sustainable Development Back on Track in Asia & the Pacific

    Thursday, January 03, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 03 (IPS) - Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

    2019 will be a landmark year for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Four years will have passed since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Four years since governments recommitted themselves to eradicating extreme poverty, improving universal health care coverage, education and food security, and achieving a sweeping set of economic, social and environmental objectives. Long enough to assess our direction of travel and then refocus work where progress is falling short.

  2. Climate Change Forces Central American Farmers to Migrate

    Wednesday, January 02, 2019

    CANDELARIA DE LA FRONTERA, El Salvador, Jan 02 (IPS) - As he milks his cow, Salvadoran Gilberto Gomez laments that poor harvests, due to excessive rain or drought, practically forced his three children to leave the country and undertake the risky journey, as undocumented migrants, to the United States.

  3. DRC Farmers in “Schools Without Walls” Learn to Increase Harvest

    Wednesday, January 02, 2019

    KIKWIT, DR Congo, Jan 02 (IPS) - It was almost four years ago in 2015 that members of Farmer's Frame of Idiofa (FFI), a farmers group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), produced a mere eight tonnes of sweet potatoes on two hectares of land. But the main reason for the low yield had not necessarily been a climate-related one, but an educational one.

  4. Veterans of the Global Financial Crisis Pass their Wisdom on to the Next Generation

    Wednesday, January 02, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 02 (IPS) - Chris Wellisz is on the staff of Finance & Development at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    It happened again and again in a career punctuated by upheavals: the peso crisis of 1994, the Asian crisis of 1997, and finally, the big one—the global financial crisis of 2008.

  5. Renew Nuclear Arms Control, Don’t Destroy It

    Wednesday, January 02, 2019

    NEW YORK, Jan 02 (IPS) - Andrew Lichterman is Senior Research Analyst for Western States Legal Foundation, based in Oakland, California. John Burroughs is Executive Director of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, based in New York City.

    A hard-earned lesson of the Cold War is that arms control reduces the risk of nuclear war by limiting dangerous deployments and, even more important, by creating channels of communication and understanding. But President Donald Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton appear to have forgotten, or never learned, that lesson.

  6. From Mali: A Lesson in Tolerance

    Wednesday, January 02, 2019

    Stockholm/Rome, Jan 02 (IPS) - We all adhere to generalizations. For example, while reading and speaking about Muslims and Christians, sweeping opinions might easily become prejudices, particularily if we do not know any individual behind the labels. When I some years ago was working for a Malian NGO, I met a marabout and a Christian who proved that devotees to different religions might find mutual support in their individual beliefs.

  7. The Adolescent Girl Holds the Key to Kenya’s Economic Transformation and Prosperity

    Monday, December 31, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 (IPS) - Teenage pregnancy in Kenya is a crisis of hope, education and opportunity.

    The countdown to a New Year has begun. Can 2019 be a year of affirmative action to ensure hope and opportunity for Kenya's adolescent girl?

  8. Aborted Fuel Tax Initiative in France: Its Ramifications for Green Growth

    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    PARIS, Dec 27 (IPS) - Mizan Khan, Ph.D., is professor, Environmental Management, North South University, and currently, visiting professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Dr Dereje Senshaw – Principal Scientist at Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)Emmanuel Macron was voted to French Presidency in 2017 with the mission of strengthening the integration of the European Union and pursuing economic and ecological reforms. So from the outset, he was set to distinguish himself, not just in Europe but on the world stage, especially after President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement. So Macron held the summit meeting on `One Planet' in Paris last December to push for stronger environment and climate policy. He also spoke of the environment when he addressed the Congress in April 2018, stating that "Let us face it: There is no Planet B."i

  9. The Dark Shadows of Christmas

    Monday, December 24, 2018

    Stockholm/Rome, Dec 24 (IPS) - Christmas is expected to be a peaceful celebration of the birth of Jesus. A time to express love and care for one another. Jesus preached love and compassion, but also told us to be suspicious of imposters: "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep´s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves". Wolves are predators who disregard the suffering of their victims. A human wolf is an egomaniac ready to maim and murder, either to please himself or his master, often deluding himself by imagining he serves a higher purpose.

  10. Italy Has the ‘Greenest Agriculture’ in Europe, But it’s Not Sustainable

    Sunday, December 23, 2018

    ROME, Dec 23 (IPS) - While Italian agriculture is in a leading position in terms of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and being at the forefront of biodiversity conservation; water scarcity, illegal workers and the role of women and combined ageing of its workforce remain pressing concerns.

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