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  1. Re-Defining Poverty in its Many Dimensions

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 (IPS) - Carolina Rivera is a Research Analyst at the Human Development Report Office at UNDP and Monica Jahangir is a Policy and Advocacy Officer at the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

    Poverty has many dimensions beyond a lack of money. The need for a better understanding of the multiple ways people experience poverty is gaining momentum, as is the importance of measuring the often - overlapping deprivations people face. Understanding both is vital for better decision making.

  2. Indigenous Leaders are Calling for New Global Agreement to Protect Amazon

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 27 (IPS) - Leaders of Amazon's indigenous groups are calling for a new global agreement to protect and restore at least half of the world's natural habitats.

  3. Climate Change Drives Up Rural Poverty in Latin America

    Saturday, November 24, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Nov 24 (IPS) - Only 18 percent of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean live in rural areas, but these are increasingly hotbeds of poverty, and climate change is playing a major role in this phenomenon.

  4. Thailand First Asian Nation to Join Global Efforts to Control Tobacco

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Nov 20 (IPS) - Wendell C Balderas is Media and Communications Manager, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)Thailand is set to become the first Asian country to introduce standardized packaging of tobacco. On 14 November 2018, the Thai National Committee on Tobacco Control approved the Ministry of Health Regulation that requires cigarettes in Thailand to be sold in packaging stripped of the fancy, colorful and unique cigarette branding.

  5. E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    NEW YORK, Nov 16 (IPS) - A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world's largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing "dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams."

  6. Rohingya Protest Against Return to Myanmar and Halt Repatriation

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    COX'S BAZAR/DHAKA, Nov 16 (IPS) - Thousands of Rohingya refugees in camps in Cox's Bazar, the southern-most coastal district in Bangladesh, protested on Thursday, Nov. 15, against an attempt to send them back to Myanmar.

  7. Using Data to Restore Land

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) - A new landmark initiative aims to make quality data and tools available to the international community in order to combat an "existential crisis": land degradation.

  8. Northeast Nigeria: Urgent Need to Combat Deadly Cholera Outbreaks

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov 12 (IPS) - Janet Cherono is Norwegian Refugee Council's Program Manager in MaiduguriThe number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities.

  9. Alert! Hunger and Obesity on the Rise in Latin America for Third Year in a Row

    Thursday, November 08, 2018

    SANTIAGO, Nov 08 (IPS) - "For the third consecutive year there is bad news" for Latin America and the Caribbean, where the numbers of hungry people have increased to "39.3 million people," or 6.1 percent of the population, Julio Berdegué, FAO's regional representative, said Wednesday.

  10. Is Excessive Sovereign Debt a Threat to Peace?

    Wednesday, November 07, 2018

    BEAUNE, Burgundy, France, Nov 07 (IPS) - Boudewijn Mohr* is a former UNICEF country programme and operational management specialist who travelled across 36 countries on the African continent. He is also a former senior international corporate banker in New York, and author of the recently-released "A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to UNICEF in Africa".Some 30 years ago, the international banks were afloat with petrodollars, deposited by the oil exporting countries. The banks in turn stepped up lending to Latin America, in a big way. The new branch of Société Générale in New York where I was working at the time followed suit rapidly building up its portfolio, as the bank needed to make loans to get its branch off the ground.

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