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Bahamas Builds Resilience Against a Surging Sea

Friday, May 29, 2015

NASSAU, May 29 (IPS) - Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have championed the phrase "1.5 to stay alive" in demanding that global temperature increases be kept as far below 1.5 degrees C as possible to limit the anticipated devastating effects of climate change on the world's most vulnerable countries.

Opinion: Let's End Chronic Hunger

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ROME, May 28 (IPS) - At the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), heads of government and the international community committed to reducing the number of hungry people in the world by half. Five years later, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lowered this level of ambition by only seeking to halve the proportion of the hungry.

Laissez Faire Water Laws Threaten Family Farming in Chile

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SANTIAGO, May 27 (IPS) - Family farmers in Chile are pushing for the reinstatement of water as a public good, to at least partially solve the shortages caused by the privatisation of water rights by the military dictatorship in 1981.

Pineapple Industry Leaves Costa Rican Communities High and Dry

Monday, May 25, 2015

SAN JOSE, May 25 (IPS) - Twelve years after finding the first traces of pesticides used by the pineapple industry, in the rural water supply, around 7,000 people from four communities in Costa Rica's Caribbean region are still unable to consume their tap water.

Q&A: Papua New Guinea Reckons With Unmet Development Goals

Monday, May 25, 2015

SYDNEY, May 25 (IPS) - As Papua New Guinea celebrates 40 years of independence, 2015 marks a defining year for the largest Pacific Island nation, set to record 15 percent GDP growth this year.

When Kenyan Children’s Lives Hang on a Drip

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NAIROBI, May 23 (IPS) - Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health.

School Gardens Combat Hunger in Argentina

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, May 23 (IPS) - In Argentina, where millions of families have unmet dietary needs despite the country's vast expanse of fertile land, the Huerta Niño project promotes organic gardens in rural primary schools, to teach children healthy eating habits and show them that they can grow their own food to fight hunger.

Bougainville: Former War-Torn Territory Still Wary of Mining

Friday, May 22, 2015

, May 22 (IPS) - From Arawa, once the capital city of Bougainville, an autonomous region in eastern Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific Ocean, a long, winding road leads high up into the Crown Prince Ranges in the centre of the island through impenetrable rainforest.

Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing

Friday, May 22, 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 22 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Opinion: Voice of Civil Society Muffled in Post-2015 Negotiations for Better Future

Friday, May 22, 2015

LONDON, May 22 (IPS) - In September, the United Nations will agree on new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will set development priorities for the next 15 years. The draft goals that have been developed are ambitious – they seek to end poverty and ensure no one is left behind.

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