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Democratising the Fight against Malnutrition

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ROME, Nov 27 (IPS) - There is a new dimension to the issue of malnutrition – governments, civil society and the private sector have started to come together around a common nutrition agenda.

OPINION: All Family Planning Should Be Voluntary, Safe and Fully Informed

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 26 (IPS) - The tragic deaths and injuries of women following sterilisation in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have sparked global media coverage and public concern and outrage.

Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SAN JOSE, Nov 25 (IPS) - Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit.

Civil Society Freedoms Merit Role in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (IPS) - Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, an advocacy NGO, is facing criminal charges for sending a tweet that said: "many Bahrain men who joined terrorism and ISIS have come from the security institutions and those institutions were the first ideological incubator".

Nuclear Weapons as Bargaining Chips in Global Politics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (IPS) - Has the world reached a stage where nuclear weapons may be used as bargaining chips in international politics?

Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (IPS) - Buoyed by the failure of the U.S. and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any final accord.

Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding

Monday, November 24, 2014

LONDON, Nov 24 (IPS) - The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point.

OPINION: A Plea for Banning Nuke Tests and Nuclear Weapons

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (IPS) - December 1938 was a decisive month in human history: In Germany, the scientists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered that when bombarded with neutrons, the atomic nucleus of uranium would split.

The Double Burden of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ROME, Nov 23 (IPS) - Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrients deficiencies while 500 million individuals suffer from obesity.

Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BUDAPEST/BARCELONA, Nov 22 (IPS) - For anyone who recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany, listening in on conference talk, surrounded by the ecologically savvy, one quickly noticed that no one was singing the praises of sustainable development.

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