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Valuing Water Beyond the Money

Monday, May 29, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, May 29 (IPS) - Amid the worst drought in a century, South Africans are kick-starting a global consultative process to agree on the values of water in a bid to ensure more equitable use of the finite resource.

Brazil Drives New School Feeding Model in the Region

Monday, May 29, 2017

VITORIA, Brazil, May 29 (IPS) - "I am going back to Panama with many ideas," said Gilda Montenegro, a nutritionist with the Panamanian Education Ministry, after getting to know the school feeding system in the city of Vitoria, in central-eastern Brazil.

Asia: 260 Million Indigenous Peoples Marginalised, Discriminated

Friday, May 26, 2017

ROME, May 26 (IPS) - Asia is home to the largest number of indigenous peoples on Earth, with an estimated 260 million of a total of 370 million original inhabitants worldwide. In spite of their huge number-equaling half of the combined population of Europe-- they are often victims of discrimination and denial of their rights.

Q&A: “It’s a Crime” that 35 Million Latin Americans Still Suffer from Hunger

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Ocean Conference: An Integrated Vision that must be Delivered

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (IPS) - In March 2015 at the Sendai World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, the then President of Kirbati, Anote Tong, made it very clear how vulnerable his country was to climate and disaster risk, when he informed the room (which was sadly less than half full) that his country had purchased land in Fiji.

Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ROME, May 24 (IPS) - Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase.

Truth or Delusion?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DAYLESFORD, Australia, May 23 (IPS) - One inevitable outcome of the phenomenal violence we all suffer as children is that most of us live in a state of delusion throughout our lives.

World to Cut Emissions With or Without Trump

Monday, May 22, 2017

BERLIN, May 22 (IPS) - In a last-ditch effort, Germany and China are trying to influence the United States not to walk away from the Paris accord it signed along with 194 nations.

Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel

Friday, May 19, 2017

ROME, May 19 (IPS) - Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared for every million kilos of beef exported from South America.

At the UN Oceans Forum in June, Will the US Play a Bit Part?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 18 (IPS) - In just a few weeks, the United Nations is convening a world gathering to discuss the health of the world's oceans and seas, with member states, government and nongovernmental organizations, corporations and members of the scientific community and academia signed up to take part.

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