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“Together, Civil Society Has Power”

Saturday, April 30, 2016

BOGOTA, Apr 30 (IPS) - When Tamara Adrián, a Venezuelan transgender opposition legislator, spoke at a panel on inclusion during the last session of the International Civil Society Week held in Bogotá, 12 Latin American women stood up and stormed out of the room.

Opinion: Illicit Financial Flows

Friday, April 29, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 29 (IPS) - International capital flows are now more than 60 times the value of trade flows. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) is now of the view that large international financial transactions do not facilitate trade, and that excessive financial ‘elasticity' was the cause of recent financial crises.

World Farmers’ Organisation Meeting Eyes New Markets, Fresh Investment

Friday, April 29, 2016

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, Apr 29 (IPS) - ‘No Farmer, No Food' is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers' Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world's critical needs such as nutrition, sustainable jobs and income for the rural poor.

Can the UN Security Council Stop Hospitals Being Targets in War?

Friday, April 29, 2016

, Apr 29 (IPS) - Hospitals, health care workers and patients in war zones are supposed to be protected under international humanitarian law yet recent attacks from Syria to Afghanistan suggest that they have become targets.

El Nino-Induced Drought in Zimbabwe

Friday, April 29, 2016

BUHERA, Zimbabwe, Apr 29 (IPS) - Emaciated and with their ribs jutting out, Evans Sinyoro's cattle lie on the ground overlooking a dry patch of land while the small earth dam nearby is also dry, thanks to the El Nino-induced drought wreaking havoc across Zimbabwe.

UN Predicts 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030

Thursday, April 28, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 (IPS) - Ten presidents and prime ministers from around the world will work together to resolve the growing global water crisis amid warnings that the world may face a 40 percent shortfall in water availability by 2030.

Opinion: Increasing Productivity Key to Revive Growth and Support Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Thursday, April 28, 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 28 (IPS) - The Asia-Pacific region's successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development needs to be driven by broad-based productivity gains and rebalancing of economies towards domestic and regional demand. This is the main message of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016, published today by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Such a strategy will not only underpin the revival of robust and resilient economic growth, but also improve the quality of growth by making it more inclusive and sustainable.

Playing Ping Pong with Disability

Thursday, April 28, 2016

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Apr 28 (IPS) - Despite formally adopting progressive laws, such as Law Number 4, and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, Palestinian authorities still struggle to get beyond rhetoric when it comes to supporting the 7 to 11 per cent of the population that is affected by disability.

Abortion Saga: Morality vs Choice

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Apr 27 (IPS) - Malawi considers itself ‘a god fearing nation' so much that any act ‘out of the ordinary' is said to be either satanic, a sin or demonic. Even a drink or a walk could be satanic in the country if you are not careful!

G-77 Should Adopt South-South Climate Change Program of Action: Ambassador Djoghlaf

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 (IPS) - The 134 members of the Group of 77 and China (G-77) made their mark on the Paris Climate Change Agreement and should now adopt a program of action to implement it, Ambassador Ahmed Djoghlaf told IPS in a recent interview.

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