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Beyond Rhetoric: UN Member States Start Work on Global Goals

Friday, July 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 22 (IPS) - UN member states "are going beyond rhetoric and earnestly working to achieve real progress" towards the Sustainable Goals, the members of the Group of 77 and China said in a ministerial statement delivered here on 18 July.

There is No Honour in Killing

Friday, July 22, 2016

, Jul 22 (IPS) - "Honour" is a paradoxical word. Initially, it draws to mind characteristics of integrity and dignity combined with an all-knowing air of greatness.

However, tradition has conditioned many men into the association of being "honourable" with an assertion of superiority over their female counterparts.

Devastating Droughts Continue as El Nino Subsides

Thursday, July 21, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 (IPS) - Although the devastating El Niño of 2015 to 2016 has now subsided, in many parts of Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia rains and harvests are not expected to recover until 2017.

Economic Recovery Needed To Enhance Food Security

Thursday, July 21, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 21 (IPS) - After a half century of decline, agricultural commodity prices rose with oil prices in the 1970s, and again for a decade until 2014. Food prices rose sharply from the middle of the last decade, but have been declining since 2012, and especially since last year, triggering concerns of declining investments by farmers.

Feminism Slowly Gaining Support at United Nations

Thursday, July 21, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 (IPS) - Achieving gender equality has long been one of the United Nations' top priorities yet the word feminism has only recently begun to find its way into speeches at UN headquarters.

Malawi Leads Africa's Largest Elephant Translocation

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LILONGWE, Jul 20 (IPS) - One of the world's largest and most significant elephant translocations kicked off earlier this month within Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi.

International Trade Favours Multinational Corporations

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GENEVA, Jul 20 (IPS) - Trade is sometimes thought of as an economic activity that only favours the large corporations. While we may disagree, the reality of international trading is often harder and more expensive for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The smaller the business, the bigger the barriers can seem.

We Ignore Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Livestock Industry at Our Own Peril

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HELSINKI, Jul 19 (IPS) - According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the production of meat and other animal-based products is responsible for around 18 to 20 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

Forests: To Farm or Not to Farm? This Is the Question!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ROME, Jul 19 (IPS) - The dilemma is critical: on the one hand, there is an absolute need to produce more food for the world's steadily growing population; on the other, there is pressing urgency to halt -and further revert- the increasing trend to deplete the forests, which are as necessary for human survival as it is for ensuring their dietary needs.

Germany’s Energy Transition: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

COLOGNE, Germany, Jul 19 (IPS) - Immerath, 90 km away from the German city of Cologne, has become a ghost town. The local church bells no longer ring and no children are seen in the streets riding their bicycles. Its former residents have even carried off their dead from its cemetery.

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