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  1. Why We Need Decentralized Renewable Energy to Power the World

    Tuesday, August 07, 2018

    AMSTERDAM, Aug 07 (IPS) - Eco Matser is Hivos global Climate Change / Energy and Development CoordinatorAs the energy sector is transforming, there is a growing consensus that sustainable energy is a catalyst for achieving most Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): it is crucial for better health, education, jobs, food production and conservation, as well as water use and quality.

  2. VIDEO: Climate Change Could Have Devastating Consequences for Saint Lucia

    Tuesday, August 07, 2018

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 07 (IPS) - The Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia is home to more than 2,000 native species — of which nearly 200 species occur nowhere else in the world. Though less than 616 square kilometres in area, the island is exceptionally rich in animals and plants.

  3. Winds of Change on Kenya’s Northern Borders

    Monday, August 06, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 06 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.Previously characterised by belligerence, based on competition for resources, the border regions of Eastern Africa can sense the blissful wind of peace approaching.

  4. Amidst Rising Heat Waves, UN says Cooling is a Human Right, not a Luxury

    Monday, August 06, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 06 (IPS) - The rising heat waves in the world's middle income and poorer nations are threatening the health and prosperity of about 1.1 billion people, including 470 million in rural areas without access to safe food and medicines, and 630 million in hotter, poor urban slums, with little or no cooling to protect them, according to the latest figures released by the United Nations.

  5. As It Recovers, Argentina's Beef Production Faces Environmental Impact Questions

    Monday, August 06, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Aug 06 (IPS) - Beef is one of the symbols historically identified with Argentina. After lean years, production and exports are growing, as is the debate on the environmental impact of cattle, which is on the radar of environmentalists and actors in the agricultural value chain.

  6. Land Degradation: A Triple Threat in Africa

    Friday, August 03, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 03 (IPS) - Sustainability, stability, and security—the three overlapping issues are an increasing concern among many especially in Africa where land degradation is displacing citizens and livelihoods.

  7. From Crowdfunding to Development Platforms: 8 Ways to Make Use of a Networked World

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 02 (IPS) - Hardly a day goes by in the development world without hearing the term "platform". Like in the business world, it's becoming harder for any development organization to provide a single service or product that will make broad impact. Airbnb doesn't build homes, it creates a network that brings together host and guests.

  8. Transforming Food Systems: Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges

    Wednesday, August 01, 2018

    WASHINGTON, Aug 01 (IPS) - The world's food systems face two immense challenges today. One, to produce enough food to nourish a global population of seven billion people without harming the environment. Two, to make sure food systems deliver nutrition to everyone, particularly the world's poorest, many of whom suffer from chronic under-nutrition.

  9. Is Thailand Making Progress Towards Reaching its Climate Change Mitigation Goals?

    Wednesday, August 01, 2018

    BANGKOK, Aug 01 (IPS) - As preparations are underway for an important formal discussion between countries committed to the Paris Agreement; Thailand, Southeast Asia's second-largest economy, has been determining its progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 to 25 percent by 2030. But experts have warned against merely emphasising policies to affect real changes.

  10. Slovakia Elevates SDGs to Status of National Priorities

    Tuesday, July 31, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - At the High-Level Political Forum, which concluded mid-July, world leaders from 46 countries show-cased their progress in achieving the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.

    All 46 countries produced voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aimed at facilitating the sharing of their experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 SDG Agenda.

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