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  1. Africa Remains Resolute Heading to COP 24

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    NAIROBI, Oct 18 (IPS) - In December 2015, nations of the world took a giant step to combat climate change through the landmark Paris Agreement. But African experts who met in Nairobi, Kenya at last week's Seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA VII) say the rise of far-right wing and nationalist movements in the West are threatening the collapse of the agreement.

  2. Is There a Remittance Trap?

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 18 (IPS) - RALPH CHAMI is an assistant director in the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, EKKEHARD ERNST is chief of the macroeconomic policy and jobs unit at the International Labour Organization, CONNEL FULLENKAMP is professor of the practice of economics at Duke University, and ANNE OEKING is an economist in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department*.Workers' remittances—the money migrants send home to their families—command the attention of economists and policymakers because of their potential to improve the lives of millions of people.

  3. Africa Must Increase Spending on Health Care, Education & Modern Contraception

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon, Oct 18 (IPS) - Marie Rose Nguini Effa is a Member of Parliament (MP), President of the African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (FPA), Member of National Assembly of Cameroon & Member of the Pan-African Parliament. She is also a delegate to the International Parliamentarians' Conference in Ottawa next week.One of the main challenges which we are facing across Africa today is the imperative to empower its largest ever young population and to provide them with opportunities to realise their full potential.

  4. UN Vote on Palestine a Humiliating Defeat for US & its Envoy

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - Nikky Haley, the vociferously anti-Palestine US Ambassador to the United Nations, warned member states last year she will "take down names" of those who vote against American interests in the world body—perhaps with the implicit threat of cutting US aid to countries that refuse to play ball with the diplomatically-reckless Trump administration.

  5. For the Survival of the Nile and its People

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    ROME, Oct 17 (IPS) - Running through eleven countries for 6,853 kilometres, the Nile is a lifeline for nearly half a billion people. But the river itself has been a source of tension and even conflict for countries and territories that lie along it and there have been rumours of "possible war for the Nile" for years now. While to date there has been no outbreak of irreversible tension, experts say that because of increasing changes in the climate a shared agreement needs to be reached on the redistribution of water soon.

  6. Parliamentarians to Assess Population & Development Funding 24 Years After Historic Conference

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - When international parliamentarians-– both from the developed and developing world— meet in Canada next week, the primary focus would be to assess the implementation of a landmark Programme of Action (PoA) on population and development adopted at a ground breaking UN conference, led by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), held in Cairo back in 1994.

  7. Developing Countries Losing Out To Digital Giants

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Oct 17 (IPS) - A new United Nations report warns that the potential benefits to developing countries of digital technologies are likely to be lost to a small number of successful first movers who have established digital monopolies.

  8. What Accounts For Southeast Asia’s Phenomenal Success?

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 17 (IPS) - Southeast Asia has made extraordinary strides in recent decades.

    Growth in per capita incomes has been among the fastest in the world, and last year the region was the fourth largest contributor to global growth after China, India, and the United States. Living standards have improved dramatically. Poverty rates are down sharply.

  9. Caribbean Nations Pay the Price for Climate Change Caused by Others

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 (IPS) - Although their contribution to global warming is negligible, Caribbean nations are bearing the brunt of its impact. Climate phenomena are so devastating that countries are beginning to prepare not so much to adapt to the new reality, but to get their economies back on their feet periodically.

  10. UN Secretary-General: About 820 Million People Still Suffer From Hunger

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - U.N. Secretary-General's message on World Food DayIn our world of plenty, one person in nine does not have enough to eat.  About 820 million people still suffer from hunger.

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