News headlines for “Sustainable Development”, page 4

  1. Land Degradation: A Triple Threat in Africa

    Friday, August 03, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 03 (IPS) - Sustainability, stability, and security—the three overlapping issues are an increasing concern among many especially in Africa where land degradation is displacing citizens and livelihoods.

  2. From Crowdfunding to Development Platforms: 8 Ways to Make Use of a Networked World

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 02 (IPS) - Hardly a day goes by in the development world without hearing the term "platform". Like in the business world, it's becoming harder for any development organization to provide a single service or product that will make broad impact. Airbnb doesn't build homes, it creates a network that brings together host and guests.

  3. The Sun Powers a Women's Bakery in Brazil's Semi-arid Northeast

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    POMBAL, Brazil, Aug 02 (IPS) - "The sun which used to torment us now blesses us," said one of the 19 women who run the Community Bakery of Varzea Comprida dos Oliveiras, a settlement in the rural area of Pombal, a municipality of the state of Paraiba, in Brazil's semi-arid Northeast.

  4. Trump Escalates Rhetoric on Iran

    Wednesday, August 01, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Aug 01 (IPS) - Kelsey Davenport is director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control AssociationRhetoric escalated between the United States and Iran when U.S. President Donald Trump irresponsibly tweeted July 22 that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani must "NEVER EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN" or else suffer consequences the likes of which "FEW HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE."

  5. Transforming Food Systems: Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges

    Wednesday, August 01, 2018

    WASHINGTON, Aug 01 (IPS) - The world's food systems face two immense challenges today. One, to produce enough food to nourish a global population of seven billion people without harming the environment. Two, to make sure food systems deliver nutrition to everyone, particularly the world's poorest, many of whom suffer from chronic under-nutrition.

  6. Slovakia Elevates SDGs to Status of National Priorities

    Tuesday, July 31, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - At the High-Level Political Forum, which concluded mid-July, world leaders from 46 countries show-cased their progress in achieving the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.

    All 46 countries produced voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aimed at facilitating the sharing of their experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 SDG Agenda.

  7. Q&A: Leprosy Increases as World Gives Attention to Newer Endemic Diseases

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    MAPUTO, Jul 30 (IPS) - IPS correspondent Elisio Muchanga spoke to the World Health Organisation goodwill ambassador for leprosy elimination, Yohei Sasakawa, during a recent visit to Mozambique to evaluate the country's progress in treating leprosy patients.In the first six months of this year, the southern African nation of Mozambique has already registered 300 more cases of leprosy, some 951 cases, than it registered for the whole of 2017.

  8. Global Economy Vulnerable a Decade After

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 30 (IPS) - Ten years ago, deteriorating confidence in the value of US sub-prime mortgages threatened a liquidity crisis. The US Federal Reserve injected considerable capital into the market, but could not prevent the 2008-2009 global financial crisis (GFC).

    The 2008 meltdown exposed the extent of finance-led international economic integration, with countries more vulnerable to financial contagion and related policy ‘spillovers' exacerbating real economic volatility. It also revealed some vulnerabilities of the post-Second World War (WW2) US-centred international financial ‘architecture' – the Bretton Woods system – modified after its breakdown in the early 1970s.

  9. Global Compact & the Art of Cherry-Picking Refugees

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 (IPS) - When Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was asked about the legality of the UN's much-ballyhooed Global Compact for Migration, he was initially evasive in his response.

    "I'm not a lawyer", he told reporters July 12, "and I presume that this question might be better asked from a lawyer".

  10. States Must Treat Refugees & Migrants as Rights Holders & Prevent Trafficking & Exploitation

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    GENEVA, Jul 30 (IPS) - Maria Grazia Giammarinaro* is UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in personsStates around the world must act now to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, including by ensuring that victims and potential victims are considered and treated as rights holders.

    Many people who fall prey to traffickers are migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, who have decided to leave their country for various reasons, such as conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty.

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