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Putting the “Integrity of the Earth’s Ecosystems” at the Centre of the Sustainable Development Agenda

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - By 2050, we will be a world of nine billion people. Not only does this mean there'll be two million more mouths to feed than there are at present, it also means these mouths will be consuming more – in the next 20 years, for instance, an estimated three billion people will enter the middle class, in addition to the 1.8 billion estimated to be within that income bracket today.

Despite Scepticism, U.N. Hails Its Anti-Poverty Programme

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - The United Nations, which launched one of its most ambitious anti-poverty development programmes back in 2000, has hailed it as a riveting success story – despite shortcomings.

Opinion: Religion and the SDGs – The ‘New Normal’ and Calls for Action

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - In 2007, an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune argued that you "gotta have faith in the U.N".

Equality, a Hard Game to Win for Women Footballers in Argentina

Monday, July 06, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Jul 06 (IPS) - During a women's football match in a poor neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, team manager Mónica Santino has to stop the game and ask a group of boys and young men not to invade the pitch where they're playing. This frequent occurrence is just one symbol of a struggle being played out, centimeter by centimeter, on Argentina's pitches.

Child Labour: A Hidden Atrocity of the Syrian Crisis

Friday, July 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 03 (IPS) - In a conflict that has claimed over 220,000 lives and injured a further 840,000 people as of January 2015, it is sometimes hard to see beyond the death toll.

Syrian Refugees Face Hunger Amidst Humanitarian Funding Crisis

Thursday, July 02, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jul 02 (IPS) - The United Nations' food aid organisation, the World Food Programme (WFP), said on Jul. 1 that up to 440,000 refugees from war-torn Syria might have to go hungry if no additional funds are received by August.

Poor Bear the Brunt of Corruption in India’s Food Distribution System

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jul 01 (IPS) - Chottey Lal, 43, a daily wage labourer at a construction site in NOIDA, a township in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is a beleaguered man. After a gruelling 12-hour daily shift at the dusty location, he and his wife Subha make barely enough to feed a family of seven.

Toilets with Piped Music for Rich, Open Defecation on Rail Tracks for Poor

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - As most developing nations fall short of meeting their goals on sanitation, the world's poorest countries have been lagging far behind, according to a new U.N. report released here.

Cuba: Blazing a Trail in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - In 2013, an estimated 240,000 children were born with HIV. This was an improvement from 2009, when 400,000 babies tested positive for the infection, but still a far cry from the global target of reducing total child infections to 40,000 by 2015.

Bangladeshi Migrants Risk High Seas and Smugglers to Escape Poverty

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TEKNAF, Bangladesh, Jun 30 (IPS) - Though he is only 16 years old, Mohammad Yasin has been through hell and back. He recently survived a hazardous journey by sea, crammed into the cargo-hold of a rudimentary boat along with 115 others.

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