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Economic Interests Harming Global Health: WHO Chief

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (IPS) - Putting economic interests over public health is leading the world towards three slow-motion health disasters, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization's warned the world's health ministers on Monday.

Natural Capital Investment Key to Africa’s Development

Monday, May 23, 2016

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, May 23 (IPS) - Plugging Africa's funding gaps to accelerate social and economic development requires a fresh approach to using its natural capital, environment experts said on Monday.

Prickly Pears Drive Local Development in Northern Argentina

Monday, May 23, 2016

CORZUELA, Argentina, May 23 (IPS) - Family farmers in the northern Argentine province of Chaco are gaining a new appreciation of the common prickly pear cactus, which is now driving a new kind of local development.

Bangladesh's Urban Slums Swell with Climate Migrants

Monday, May 23, 2016

DHAKA, May 23 (IPS) - Abdul Aziz, 35, arrived in the capital Dhaka in 2006 after losing all his belongings to the mighty Meghna River. Once, he and his family had lived happily in the village of Dokkhin Rajapur in Bhola, a coastal district of Bangladesh. Aziz had a beautiful house and large amount of arable land.

Species Loss, the Migration Hiding in Plain Sight

Monday, May 23, 2016

BONN, May 23 (IPS) - Two months ago, I was in Agadez, a city in the middle of the famous Ténéré Desert of Niger. Agadez has become a major transit point on a hazardous journey for the hundreds and thousands of desperate people from all over West Africa trying to make it to the Mediterranean coast every year.

Myanmar Seeks to Break Vicious Circle of Flood and Drought

Sunday, May 22, 2016

HTITA, May 22 (IPS) - It has been two weeks now since the village of Htita, with its few bamboo houses hemmed in by parched, cracked earth and dried-out ponds, has enjoyed the novelty of its first ever water well.

When Emergencies Last for Decades

Friday, May 20, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - For the millions of people whose lives have been uprooted by conflict and natural disasters the average amount of time before they can return home is now 17 years.

Indigenous Peoples Inclusion at United Nations Incomplete

Friday, May 20, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - The United Nations Indigenous Forum is one of the UN's most culturally diverse bodies yet its inclusion within the overall UN system remains limited.

Refugees Brings Economic Benefits to Cities

Friday, May 20, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - Refugees are now more likely to live in cities than in refugee camps, bringing with them planning challenges but also opportunities for economic growth.

Climate Change Compounds Humanitarian Crises in Global South

Friday, May 20, 2016

SAN JOSE, May 20 (IPS) - As the Global South works to overcome a history of weak institutions, armed conflict and poverty-driven forced exodus, key causes of its humanitarian crises, developing countries now have to also fight to keep global warming from compounding their problems.

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