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Water Security Critical for World Fastest-Growing Economy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar, May 24 (IPS) - Lack of water management and limited access to data risk hindering Myanmar's economic growth, making water security a top priority of the new government.

Water: An Entry Point for SDG Implementation in Myanmar

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar, May 24 (IPS) - All people, economies, and ecosystems depend on water. Yet water is often taken for granted, overused, abused, and poorly managed. The way we use and manage water leaves a considerable part of the global population without access, and threatens the integrity of ecosystems that are vital for a healthy planet and people.

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.

Is it in Europe's Interest to Push Russia into China's Arms?

Monday, May 23, 2016

ROME, May 23 (IPS) - No mention in the media of the dangerous increase in tension between Europe and Russia. But Nato has just made operational in Romania a missile system, the ABM, which the US has declared will protect from "rogue" states, like Iran.

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.

What do Aid Organisations Want from the Humanitarian Summit

Monday, May 23, 2016

LONDON, May 23 (IPS) - The UN World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul, 23-24 May. So what hopes do the humanitarian organisations, which deliver aid on the ground, have for the outcomes?

Humanitarian Summit Must Address Weapons Shipments Too

Sunday, May 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (IPS) - Boats carrying refugees and boats carrying aid supplies will be on the agenda at the World Humanitarian Summit this week, but advocates say discussing the free flow of shipments carrying bombs and guns might be even more critical.

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